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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Lead singer of indie darlings Japanese Breakfast, Zauner reflects with heartfelt earnestness and levity on the life and death of her mother, and particularly their shared Korean identity as she grows up in small town America. A difficult but loving relationship, memories of food and cooking are at the fore as Zauner recollects about the meaning of care in childhood, fledgling adulthood, and end of life as well as what it is to share with your family, both literally and through heritage.

Coming onto the music scene of the late 2000s, this is also a memoir of music and mental health and growing into yourself. A touching but not at all heavy read, I really enjoyed reading a perspective at once both completely relatable and different to my own.

- Erin

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