“It felt like the world had divided into two different types of people, those who had felt pain and those who had yet to.”
– Michelle Zauner, Crying in H Mart
Title: Crying in H Mart Series: standalone Author: Michelle Zauner Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group Published: April 20, 2021 Category: adult Genre: memoir Pages: 256 My Rating: ★★★★☆ Goodreads page
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This is a memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.
In this story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a 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, 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 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.
[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]
Happy New Year (and thank goodness 2020 is over)! We have a tradition on this blog to showcase the top 10 books that I read every year. However, this year I wanted to do something different. Since it was 2020, I wanted to list my top 20 books instead of my top 10. It just has a better ring to it. However, I haven’t read that many novels this year, so I decided to split it into my top 10 books and my top 10 graphic novels. I read a lot of comics (although I don’t review them that much), so it’s only fair that I include them on the list.
In no particular order, I present to you my top books of 2020.
Title: Hey, Kiddo Series: standalone Author: Jarrett J. Korsoczka Published: October 9, 2018 Genre: memoir, non-fiction, graphic novel Pages: 320 My Rating: ★★★★☆ Goodreads page
This review is spoiler free!
I was given a free review copy from Graphix/Scholastic in exchange for a review. This does not skew my review in any one direction.
Hey, Kiddo is the graphic memoir of author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Raised by his colorful grandparents, who adopted him because his mother was an incarcerated heroin addict, Krosoczka didn’t know his father’s name until he saw his birth certificate when registering for a school ski trip. Hey, Kiddo traces Krosoczka’s search for his father, his difficult interactions with his mother, his day-to-day life with his grandparents, and his path to becoming an artist.
To date, nearly one million people have viewed Krosoczka’s TED Talk about his experience. Artwork from his childhood and teen years will be incorporated into the original illustrations for the book.
2017 is coming to an end… and thank goodness for that. It’s been a rough year, to say the least, but that didn’t stop me from reading some pretty freaking awesome books. I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this year, but that just means I’m going to try extra hard in 2018 to get to all the books I want to read.