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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
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it was amazing
bookshelves: grief-and-loss, favorites, memoir, music, terminal-illness, cancer

A powerful and poignant grief memoir. At times, I was amazed by just how raw and honest the author was regarding some of the stories she shared. But overwhelmingly, I was lost in the pages of her story. Grief and loss don’t magically heal complex relationships, like the one Zauner had with her mom, especially given the stress of being a caregiver. There’s much she had to navigate and negotiate, even in terms of how present she should be once her mom was diagnosed.

I appreciated how she wove in stories from the past and present and how they illustrated an aspect about herself or her mom and then how that evolved after her mom died. Grief changes us and I found her reflections about what this meant for her Koreanness, and the way she sought to find connection through food, to be quite moving. I’m not sure that I’ll want to watch the adaptation but I’m very glad I read this.

Content notes: on page death of mother (squamous cell carcinoma), hospice, hospitalization, chemotherapy side effects, weight loss (author due to stress and her mother due to chemotherapy), off page death of aunt (colon cancer), off page death of grandmother, grief, Peter was attacked and a brick crushed his orbital bone (recovered fine), cigarettes, alcohol, inebriation, microaggressions, father is recovered addict, alcoholic father, father gets into bad car accident while drinking (not charged), father was a serial cheater, corporal punishment (even as a college freshman), suicidal ideation, mother had an abortion, mention of abusive paternal grandfather (view spoiler), paternal uncle was physically abusive toward author’s father when they were kids, family friend’s history includes infidelity (her own and her father)
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Reading Progress

July 4, 2021 – Started Reading
July 4, 2021 – Shelved
August 12, 2021 – Shelved as: grief-and-loss
August 12, 2021 – Shelved as: favorites
August 12, 2021 – Shelved as: memoir
August 12, 2021 – Shelved as: music
August 12, 2021 – Finished Reading
August 15, 2021 – Shelved as: terminal-illness
August 15, 2021 – Shelved as: cancer

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