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Tastes Like War by Grace M. Cho
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Tastes Like War

A Memoir

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Narrator Cindy Kay
Length 9 hours 24 minutes
Language English
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Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life. Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s final years, Grace learned to cook dishes from her parent’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices at the table. And through careful listening over these shared meals, Grace discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her—but also the things that kept her alive.

Grace M. Cho is the author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War, which received a 2010 book award from the American Sociological Association. Her writings have appeared in journals such as The New Inquiry, Poem Memoir Story, Contexts, Gastronomica, Feminist Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, and WSQ. She is associate professor of sociology and anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

Cindy Kay is an audiobook narrator who enjoys knitting, adding to her massive list of restaurants to try, suffering with friends in group exercise classes and telling stories to people she's never met. She was raised in the California Bay Area.

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