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About Michelle Zauner
MICHELLE ZAUNER is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017). Her forthcoming album Jubilee will be released in June 2021. Her first book is Crying in H Mart, out now.
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ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2021
From the indie rockstar Japanese Breakfast, an unflinching, powerful, deeply moving memoir about growing up mixed-race, Korean food, losing her Korean 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 the only Asian-American kid 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, 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 pancreatic 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, Michelle 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.
PRAISE FOR CRYING IN H MART
'Michelle Zauner's Crying In H Mart is as good as everyone says it is and, yes, it will have you in tears. An essential read for anybody who has lost a loved one, as well as those who haven't.' Marie-Claire
'The book's descriptions of jjigae, tteokbokki, and other Korean delicacies stand out as tokens of the deep, all-encompassing love between Zauner and her mother, a love that is charted in vivid descriptions of her mother after death; in a time when people around the world are reckoning with untold loss due to COVID-19, Zauner's frankness around death feels like an unexpected yet deeply necessary gift.' Vogue
'Zauner's writing is powerful in its straight-forwardness, though some turns of phrases are as beautiful as any song lyric... but it is her ability to convey how her mother's simple offering of a rice snack was actually an act of the truest love that leaves the most indelible impression.' Refinery 29
'Poignant . . . A tender, well-rendered, heart-wrenching account of the way food ties us to those who have passed. The author delivers mouthwatering descriptions of dishes like pajeon, jatjuk, and gimbap, and her storytelling is fluid, honest, and intimate . . . Zauner's ability to let us in through taste makes her book stand out- she makes us feel like we are in her mother's kitchen, singing her praises.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Als Michelle mit Mitte zwanzig erfährt, dass ihre Mutter an Krebs erkrankt ist, steht die Welt für sie still. Sie lässt ihr bisheriges Leben in Philadelphia zurück und kehrt heim nach Oregon, in ihr abgelegenes Elternhaus, um ganz für ihre Mutter da zu sein. Doch schon ein halbes Jahr später stirbt die Mutter. Michelle begegnet ihrer Trauer, ihrer Wut, ihrer Angst mit einer Selbsttherapie: der koreanischen Küche. Sie kocht all die asiatischen Gerichte, die sie früher mit ihrer Mutter aß und erinnert sich dabei an die gemeinsame Zeit: an das Aufwachsen unter den Augen einer strengen und fordernden Mutter; an die quirligen Sommer in Seoul; an das Gefühl, weder in den USA noch in Korea ganz dazuzugehören. Und an die Körper und Seele wärmenden Gerichte, über denen sie und ihre Mutter immer wieder zusammengefunden haben.