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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

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pageafter_paige's review

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5.0

Wow what a powerful book. I think as someone who isn’t/can’t speak Korean that the audiobook was the way to go because I was able to hear Michelle speak the language with the pronunciation, inflection, tone, etc. 

Michelle opens up to us about being a mixed child and her relationship with her Korean mother. Much of their relationship centers around food which is a big theme throughout and definitely made me hungry. But to them it’s more than hunger. It’s culture, and connection to each other and their roots.

One of the most powerful displays of Michelle and her moms connection can be seen through Michelle’s first two words as a baby (iykyk). Even Michelle’s relationship with her father is somewhat run through her mother. 

My favorite quote can be found in the last chapter: “If there was a god, it seemed my mother must have had her foot on his neck, demanding good things come my way. That if we had to be ripped apart right at our turning point, just when things were really starting to get good, the least god could do was make a few of her daughter’s pipe dreams come true.”

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kibbles15's review

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3.0

This is a well written memoir that will definitely make you cry.  I actually listened to the audiobook. Unfortunately, I don't feel the narration expressed the emotions that were intended by the author.  It actually came across a bit monotone.  As a result, while I thought the memoir was good, it moved very slow for me. I would actually suggest reading book over listening to it. 

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5.0

I am in awe of this book. I cried many times reading it.

A lot of this book I personally resonated with. While I am not Korean, the mother-daughter bonding, themes of feeling disconnected from culture, grief, and transcending love of food hit very hard. Zauner finds a way to bring a personal story up and close to the reader. She has a way with words.

I can’t express how grateful I am to read this book. It feels like a warm hug. I hope anyone who has struggled with grief, especially those who mourn a mom or motherly figure, walk away from this book with even a shred of comfort. There is so much I want to say, so much thanks I want to pay the author for being as vulnerable as she was. And so much I want to thank her for, for expressing how painful her journey has been.

Some lines of this book really stuck with me, and I’ll end this review with one that made me audibly sob.

When one person collapses, the other instinctively shoulders their weight.

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5.0

Just be warned -  you might cry.

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4.75


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3.75


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4.0


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5.0


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