Year 16, Book 56

56. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner, the singer and guitarist from the band Japanese Breakfast, writes a memoir about losing her mother to cancer in her mid-twenties. She delves into her difficult relationship with her parents while also discussing the painful, messy, and difficult experience of watching her mother die. As a child of a Korean mother and white American father she addresses feeling like she’s lost the Korean half of her herself and how she reconnects with it through food. It’s a wonderful memoir that doesn’t really pull any punches about the messiness of familial relationships and the devastating and unpleasant nature of dying from cancer. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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