Books for Korean American Day

By Coll Rowe | January 12 2024 | Korean American Day

In honor of Korean American Day on January 13th, we are sharing books by Korean American and Korean authors who share their stories, culture, lives, and history.

Crying in H Mart
A Memoir

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

$17.00 US
Mar 28, 2023
256 Pages

My Year Abroad
A Novel

Tinged at once with humor and darkness, electric with its accumulating surprises and suspense, My Year Abroad is a novel that only Chang-rae Lee could have written, and one that will be read and discussed for years to come.

$17.00 US
Feb 01, 2022
496 Pages
Riverhead Books

East Goes West

Part picaresque adventure, part shrewd social commentary, East Goes West casts a sharply satirical eye on the demands and perils of assimilation. It is a masterpiece not only of Asian American literature but also of American literature.

$19.00 US
May 21, 2019
432 Pages
Penguin Classics

East Goes West

A beautiful collectible hardcover edition of East Goes West.

$28.00 US
Feb 23, 2021
432 Pages
Penguin Classics

Minor Feelings
An Asian American Reckoning

Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world.

$18.00 US
Mar 02, 2021
224 Pages
One World

The Nine Cloud Dream

Korea’s most prized literary masterpiece: a Buddhist journey reminscent of Dante’s Inferno exploring the illusions of human life, published here in the first new translation in forty years

$17.00 US
Feb 12, 2019
288 Pages
Penguin Classics

The Martyred

“Written in a mood of total austerity; and yet the passion of the book is perpetually beating up against its seemingly barren surface. . . . I am deeply moved.” —Philip Roth

$22.00 US
May 31, 2011
240 Pages
Penguin Classics

The Story of Hong Gildong

A new, definitive translation of the quintessential Korean classic: the Robin Hood story of a magical boy who joins a group of robber bandits and becomes a king.

$16.00 US
Mar 15, 2016
128 Pages
Penguin Classics