All You Can Ever Know

All You Can Ever Know

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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Named a Best Book of Fall by The Washington Post , Entertainment Weekly , TIME , Elle , and more

"This book moved me to my very core. . . . [ All You Can Ever Know ] should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a familyâe*which is to say, everyone." âe*Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

What does it mean to lose your roots--within your culture, within your family--and 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 childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up--facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn't see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from--she wondered if the story she'd been told was the whole truth.

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets--vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
Publisher: New York :, Catapult,, 2018
ISBN: 9781936787975
Characteristics: 225 pages ; 24 cm


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ArapahoeKati Nov 12, 2018

Beautifully written and tugs at your heartstrings. A memoir about family you won't soon forget.

SCL_Leanne Aug 07, 2018

It's a memoir about cross-cultural adoption. Korean-American Chung was adopted by a white couple in 1981 and spent her life navigating the world not knowing anything about her birth family. Author, Celeste Ng, called this one a book that everyone should read. When we read Ng's Little Fires Everywhere a heavy debate about the adoption portrayed in the book ensued and this memoir would be a great choice for those who had similar debates!

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