Crying in H Mart: A Memoir (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

Biographies & Memoirs
Michelle Zauner
hr min
April 20
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

noraheileen ,

Recognizable in a way

It’s recognizable, the raw and pure emotions and the cultural differences in a household. Sad but that’s okay, we all are sad with loss (both mom and dad in a way) and some regret, and coming to terms with it all.

Hailey haiku ,


Only listen if you want to sob for 87% of it .

jillian.lizzy ,

Super sad

This book was to me a little misleading as the whole entire thing is about her moms place in her life and her painful slow death. When reading the description I thought it would be a little less about her mom and a little more about her whole life. But her mom was her whole life so it makes sense. I felt really bad for her the whole time and am sending my condolences. The tone of this book is super sad even when talking about happy things. Good story just be prepared that it is very sad.

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