Crying in H Mart

by Michelle Zauner is an honest, funny, aching memoir of grief, love, loss, and a search for identity. Zauner, a Korean American musician who fronts the band Japanese Breakfast, lost her mother to cancer seven years ago and felt suddenly adrift and cut off from her Korean heritage. She found solace by teaching herself to cook the Korean dishes that she and her mother enjoyed together. The book is an account of Zauner’s occasionally fraught relationship with her mother, but also a loving portrait of the way they bonded over shared meals and the way that food can be a cultural touchstone and an expression of love. Zauner’s writing is beautifully evocative and captivating to read. (Non-Fiction)