Tastes Like War: A Memoir



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Grace M. Cho comes to Edith Wharton’s house and gardens to share and talk about her newest book, Tastes Like War: A Memoir, a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction. In a hybrid text, part food memoir, part sociological investigation, she searches through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia.

“Grace M. Cho’s memoir richly braids Korean meals, memories of a mother fighting racism and the onset of schizophrenia, and references ranging from Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the essays of Ralph Ellison.” —Vanity Fair

Cho has won the 2022 Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature for her work, and both TIME and NPR have named her book as a Best Book of the Year in 2021.

In its 29th year, The Mount’s annual Summer Series highlights recent books and writers in an eclectic mix incuding stories of historical figures and contemporary underrepresented voices.