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All You Can Ever Know

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir, Literary
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/02/2018

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All You Can Ever Know

A Memoir

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684414000
Digital Download ISBN:9781684414017

Summary

What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them?

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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 the same warmth, candor, and startling insight that has made her a beloved voice, 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.

Reviews/Praise

“Song's tender voice draw listeners loser to Chung's dilemmas. Her pace is consistently steady as the story moves between the present and past, creating a seamless listening experience.” —AudioFile

“Chung’s writing is vibrant and provocative as she explores her complicated feelings about her transracial adoption (which she ‘loved and hated in equal measure’) and the importance of knowing where one comes from.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Highly compelling for its depiction of a woman's struggle to make peace with herself and her identity, the book offers a poignant depiction of the irreducibly complex nature of human motives and family ties. A profound, searching memoir about 'finding the courage to question what I'd always been told.'" ―Kirkus Reviews

“In her memoir, All You Can Ever Know, Nicole Chung takes the qualities that make her writing sing―warmth, inquisitiveness, and deep personal investment in the words she types―and turns them inward. Her debut is an investigation into her past in which she aims to leave no stone―or emotion―unturned.” ―Shondaland

Author Bio

Nicole Chung has written for the New York Times, GQ, Longreads, BuzzFeed, Hazlitt, and Shondaland, among other publications. She is Catapult magazine's editor in chief and the former managing editor of The Toast. All You Can Ever Know is her first book. Follow her on Twitter at @nicole_soojung.