Virtual Event: Michelle Zauner

presenting

Crying in H Mart:
A Memoir

in conversation with ALYSE WHITNEY

Date

Apr
28
Wednesday
April 28, 2021
7:00 PM ET

Location

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes MICHELLE ZAUNER—popularly known as the acclaimed musician Japanese Breakfast—for a discussion of her highly anticipated debut memoir, Crying in H Mart. She will be joined in conversation by ALYSE WHITNEY, managing editor of Cravings by Chrissy Teigen.

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About Crying in H Mart

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.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

Praise for Crying in H Mart

“Michelle Zauner has written a book you experience with all of your senses: sentences you can taste, paragraphs that sound like music. She seamlessly blends stories of food and memory, sumptuousness and grief, to weave a complex narrative of loyalty and loss.” —Rachel Syme

“I read Crying in H Mart with my heart in my throat. In this beautifully written memoir, Michelle Zauner has created a gripping, sensuous portrait of an indelible mother-daughter bond that hits all the notes: love, friction, loyalty, grief. All mothers and daughters will recognize themselves—and each other—in these pages.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

"Crying in H Mart is a wonder: a beautiful, deeply moving coming-of-age story about mothers and daughters, love and grief, food and identity. It blew me away, even as it broke my heart." —Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me

Alyse Whitney
Alyse Whitney

Alyse Whitney

Alyse Whitney is the managing editor of Cravings by Chrissy Teigen. Previously, she was an editor at Rachael Ray Every Day and Bon Appétit. She is a Los Angeles-based Korean American adoptee who is still working on mastering her dumpling pleats.

Michelle Zauner
Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She has won acclaim from major music outlets around the world for releases like Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017).

 

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