Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Michelle Zauner writes about losing her Mom to cancer, what it was like
to grow up Korean-American, how she connects to her family through food
(and discovers this while caring for her mother.)
Near the end of
the book she talks about finally finding success as a musician, which
she never expected, in her band called Japanese Breakfast. The cover of
Psychopomp has her mother reaching a hand out.
I was expecting
something a bit lighter, maybe a bit more snappy, but I also enjoy grief
memoirs, so even though it was slower paced than I expected, I felt a
true sense of the author by the end. I also liked hearing her stories
about Eugene, Oregon, since that's not too far from where I grew up. I
may have spent some time watching the food YouTube videos she mentions,
and reading articles about the many H Marts in Oregon. My youngest
sister took me to a Korean market in Beaverton that had Koreans upstairs
and a kimchee tasting table, but I don't think it was an H Mart.
Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title through NetGalley. It came out April 20, 2021.
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