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Michelle Zauner – One Book One Tulsa
July 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Each year, the Tulsa City-County Library hosts a systemwide initiative called “One Book, One Tulsa,” during which Tulsa County residents are encouraged to read the same book. The purpose of this program is to foster literacy within our community and to encourage conversation about a meaningful book.
This year’s selection is Crying in H Mart by bestselling author and musician, Michelle Zauner is an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother and forging her own identity.
Michelle Zauner will be in Tulsa at Central Library, 400 Civic Center, to discuss her book on Friday, July 28 at 6:00 pm. Following her presentation, Zauner will answer questions from the audience and sign books.
If you are unable to attend the event but would like to order a book to have signed by Michelle Zauner, you can call Magic City Books at 918-602-4452 or purchase online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/crying-in-h-mart/1278. Books will be shipped on or after July 31.
Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust.
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.
Michelle Zauner is best known as the two-time Grammy nominated musician 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).