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Crying in H Mart

A memoir by Michelle Zauner.

Michelle Zauner

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humour 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, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share and reread. (From Knopf)

Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. Crying in H Mart is her debut book. Her music includes albums such as Psychopomp and Soft Sounds from Another Planet.

Interviews with Michelle Zauner

Musician Michelle Zauner (also known as the indie rock artist Japanese Breakfast) spoke with Tom Power about her new memoir, Crying in H Mart, in which she opens up about losing her mother to cancer in 2014. In the book, Zauner explores her complicated relationship with her mom, and how cooking Korean food helped her cope with the profound grief of losing her.
In his bestselling book The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman says we express love through physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts and quality time. The Unforked team says there’s a sixth love language: food. Host Samira asks how do we express love through cooking and eating? Folks from St. John’s, Australia, and Vancouver Michelle Zauner [ZONN-er] (Brooklyn, NY) - musician and author of Crying in H-Mart: A Memoir Keith Broni [BROH-nee] (Dublin, Ireland) - Deputy Emoji Officer with Emojipedia

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