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Zauner reports that her mother adored the word "lovely," which for her "encompassed a certain beauty and ardor"--an apt description for Zauner's memoir itself. In moving prose, the singer paints a vivid picture of the pain she endured growing up as the biracial daughter of a Korean mother (with whom she had a complex relationship) and an American father, one that will resonate deeply with those who straddle the line between two cultures. Using food as a central motif, Zauner organizes her account around the dishes and snacks that evoke particular memories, showing us intimate moments she shared with her family in Oregon and Seoul; so richly intertwined are the meals and emotions, that Zauner uses loss of appetite as a metaphor for grief and decline. This is a raw--and truly lovely--work that will stay with you.



Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

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Ali, a noted poet, was born in London to Pakistani parents, “mainly grew up” in Staten Island and other American cities, but always felt closest to JenPeg, the tiny Manitoba town—headquarters for a dam project—where he learned to read and to look at the stars. But years later, idly wondering what became of it, Ali discovers instead the world of nearby Cross Lake, home of the Pimicikamak Cree. Unaware of the region’s Indigenous population when he lived here, Ali is stunned to learn of a rash of suicides among its young people; seeking to understand both this and the pull the place—and, more, the people—suddenly have on him, he travels to Cross Lake. His heartfelt book, a graceful weave of memoir, journalism, and meditations on home, colonialism, climate change, and more, chronicles Ali’s meetings with the Cree—whose warm welcome included an invitation to join their Sweat Ceremony—the history of Native-European relations, and the lasting trauma of white efforts to repress Indigenous culture. But it also testifies to this people’s resilience and sprit as they recover traditional ways, from language and ritual to a sustainable, reverent relationship with the land.

Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313829
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 9th, 2021

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Part memoir, part call to action, Washington’s Already Toast is a perfect way both to understand and raise awareness of the care economy.  As a full-time home health aide to her cancer-stricken husband, Washington experienced first-hand how all-consuming it is to manage the work of keeping someone alive. She also discovered that she's just one of millions--part of an invisible army of family caregivers in America--whose unpaid labor keeps our troubled healthcare system afloat. Read this book for insight into the vital role that unpaid caregivers play in our society, and why an investment in this infrastructure matters.                                                               
Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807011508
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Published: Beacon Press - March 16th, 2021