What does it mean to lose your rootswithin your culture, within your familyand what happens when you find them?Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biologica...
|Title||:||All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir Reviews
Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A must- read. She writes eloquently and beautifully. I put her memoir at the same par as The Glass Castle and When Breath Becomes Air.
I won this book from Goodreads Giveaway, which I am now eternally grateful for because this memoir was absolutely fantastic. It was simple, clear, tangible, complicated, an entire vortex of powerful emotions that I was sucked into before realizing what had happened.
Nicole Chung has done a wonderful job of showing the effects of a trans-racial adoption on a child, as well as her family and brought up some key points about culture and identity that are so important in our world today. I learned s ...more
I’m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it.
When I started thinking about how I was going to describe this book, the words that came to mind were the kind of words you'd read on a bottle of water: pure, clear, undiluted. Every time I read it it was like turning on a faucet of raw emotion, a view into the author's experience that was like looking through freshly-cleaned glass. Forgive me if I'm getting pulled into mixed metaphors, but when I tried to explain it these were the kinds of images that came to me over and over again. I would sit ...more
A thoughtful, if discursive, memoir about a Korean-American girl growing up and finding her birth family. It could have been written at about half the length.
I received a digital ARC from the publishers, Catapult. There has been so much buzz around this book and if you're wondering whether it's worth the hype, the answer is yes. Nicole Chung was born prematurely and thereafter placed for adoption by her Korean birth parents. She was then adopted and raised by a white family in a predominantly white Oregon town. ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW is her journey to coming to terms with the realization that, despite being happy with her adopted parents, she was miss ...more
I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't. The truth is that everybody has an interesting story they can share with the world and that readers will benefit from, but not many can fill up a hundred or two pages with it. Nicole Chung did, and she also wrote ...more
Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut.