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 1,249 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 BESTSELLER 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.


  • Extremely touching memoir

    By ianb73
    Extremely touching memoir
  • Cried while reading

    By Praterpixy1
    Spoiler alert: get ready to cry like a baby! It’s like reading about my own life. I thought so much about my mom, my family, my childhood. So much nostalgia. Loved reading it yet it was so difficult to keep reading because it was so much heart breaking.
  • You’ll wanna call your momma

    By bexabexa
    So touching, such a tear jerker. Even I missed her mom at the end of the book.
  • Amazing

    By PFG03
    I had to read this for my college writing class and am very glad I did the assignment! This book is the only book to have made me cry. I would highly suggest this book.
  • Not a fan.

    By Finicky Fiona
    What a whiny, self-involved person.
  • Had me crying every page

    By mckinleyrach
    Honestly this book was soooo good. Jumpscare tho because you will literally cry every page.
  • Boring

    By Angi386
    85% of the book is talking about food! So boring!
  • Food, memories, family & loss

    By Danithegirl04
    What a magical journey through the life of Michelle. Much like her music, she takes you on an exploration of rich feelings, tear streaked moments & stomach rumbling memories. Such a beautiful book about love, family, heartache and grief. But also of how to keep the memories of your loved one alive within you with traditions that span generations.
  • What an amazing story!

    By Kwon S.
    This book makes me think a lot about my families, friends and those who I have known for many years. Especially for my parents who are getting older and weaker, I wonder what good memories I will remember when I need those sometime later. It was much fun to read so may Korean words and phrases in a single book(never seen before!), and I felt both warm and painful feelings like the author had toward her mom, dad, aunts and cousins. I was a little moved by how much love she had and returned to her families in many ways.
  • Read it

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