Crying in H Mart - Michelle Zauner

Crying in H Mart

By Michelle Zauner

  • Release Date: 2021-04-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 724 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American—“in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself” (NPR) • CELEBRATING OVER ONE YEAR ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST

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, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.


  • Read it

    By SuzieAmy
    I loved this book. I laughed and I cried.
  • Personal

    By Getting coins from this review
    This book was extremely sentimental and worth the read. I related to so many of the concepts and each memory was delivered so beautifully.
  • Addicting, sad and mouth watering

    By Nita Blum
    I enjoyed every moment of this book, I couldn’t put it down. It made me cry but most of all eat Korean food everyday I read it. The author has a way with painting beautiful pictures that make me feel I’m emerged in another country, tradition and world without even leaving my home.
  • Beautiful memoir

    By livvyoe
    First memoir I have ever read and I could not have been happier. This is a lovely book detailed perfectly to help you really imagine the story. Highly recommend this read but eat before because you will be hungry!
  • A Beautiful Story

    By MeCooter
    I stumbled across Japanese Breakfast a few weeks ago and then this book. I’ve read few books that captured me from the very beginning and wouldn’t let go until the end. This is a beautiful story wonderfully written. This book has a soul.
  • Beautiful writing

    By Hellojessieko
    The author is incredible at imagery and her ability to tell a compelling story is amazing.
  • Im grabbing my mother

    By Han RN
    Wonderful book that made me feel heard from feelings I have as being half white and half Filipino. Made me cry and want to hold my mother to no end!
  • Powerful

    By Whisky Touchette
    A truly touching and powerful story that I have so much to relate. This book gives me so much strength and I know that I will read it again when that moment comes to me, but I know at least I have this to lean on.
  • Beautiful

    By WestCoastYost
    A beautifully gripping book.
  • The food that binds us.

    By Richard Bakare
    This memoir by Michelle Zauner was gutting, inspiring, and a journey across the entire emotional spectrum. Zauner has shared with us a moving coming-of-age reflection that reminds us all of the folly of teenage angst and the circuitous path back to home. The passages are uniquely transparent and detailed in a way one could hope we could all be. As we tag along through this look back we co-navigate the emotional wreckage of loss and the triggering reminders everywhere of what we had and shared. Thanks to Zauner’s colorful descriptions we also get to vicariously taste and savior the culinary specialties of her Korean mother. Lastly, we get to delve deep down alongside her making our way through the maze of pain to find an exit to a spiritual rebirth & discovery unique to each of us. This memoir is very heavy and in parts emotionally gutting. At times, these were the most difficult emotional wastelands I’ve tried to make it through. That weight of painful experience is balanced by the inspiring search for closure, connection, celebration of life that we don’t often get to see, so up close and with such detail. I am grateful Michelle Zauner would open up her life to us in this way and I can see how cathartic it must have been to coalesce the emotions and complexity into this memoir.