Eastwind Book Club: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

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Join us for our May book club discussion on Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner.

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Eastwind Book Club is a community of readers connected by Asian and Asian American literature. Members gather once a month through a virtual meeting to discuss the month’s book selection. May's book club pick is Crying in H Mart : A Memoir by Michelle Zauner.

The book club meeting will take place via Zoom on Friday, May 28 at 7pm PST. Register to receive the meeting link and discussion documents.

Book Club members can use coupon code EWBOOKCLUB21 for a 10% discount.

Copies of Crying in H Mart are available for order at Choose to ship your orders to your home or select in-store pick up at Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

Join our Book Club Facebook group to engage in conversation throughout the month:

This event is co-sponsored by OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters.

About the Book:

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.

About the author:

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).


Eastwind Book Club is co-sponsored by OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters, Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) and AsAmNews (

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