Crying in H Mart was an instant New York Times bestseller and named a "best book" by many publications. Here's the official description:
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.
By the way, “H Mart” is the name of a very popular Korean-American supermarket chain.
These days, of course, we won't be able to meet in a studio, but through the wonders of technology Michelle Zauner will join Elizabeth and me to talk about her memoir for episode 334 of the Happier podcast airing July 14, 2021. So get reading!
Or listening. Do you love audiobooks? Elizabeth has been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately.
What are your questions or insights about the book? Add them in the comments, or share them on social media using #happierpodcastbookclub, and we'll incorporate them into the interview.
And remember, #Read21in21! It's been thrilling to hear from so many people who have reestablished a habit of reading.
Remember: whenever it is and wherever you are, there's always a book waiting for you.
One Last Thing
Interested in happiness, habits, and human nature?
Sign up to get my free weekly newsletter. I share ideas for being happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.
Dive into The Blog
More Posts For You
Find out if you’re an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or a Rebel.
The Four Tendencies explain why we act and why we don’t act. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so understanding your Tendency lets us make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress and burnout, and engage more effectively.