All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

By: Nicole Chung

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.

ISBN: 9781936787975

JLG Release: Dec 2018


Sensitive Areas: Racism, Violence
Topics: Memoirs , Transracial adoptions , Korean Americans , Families , Biography , Autobiography

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Awards & Honors

2019 Indies Choice Award Finalist, Book of the Year - Adult Nonfiction
CPL Best of the Best - 2018
Library Journal Best Books, Nonfiction - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018
Shelf Awareness Best Books - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

This raw memoir about growing up as a transracial adoptee will reverberate with anyone who yearns to belong. Chung writes about identity, race, motherhood, and her journey to find her true self. Her book starts with her struggle as a Korean child adopted into a white family, then digs into her growing relationships with her adopted family, husband This raw memoir about growing up as a transracial adoptee will reverberate with anyone who yearns to belong. Chung writes about identity, race, motherhood, and her journey to find her true self. Her book starts with her struggle as a Korean child adopted into a white family, then digs into her growing relationships with her adopted family, husband, birth family, and children. Through letters and emails, Chung makes sometimes difficult discoveries about her birth family. The work closes with reconciliation for her families, the truth about her adoption, and understanding about herself. VERDICT Purchase this must-have title where Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese, and Lisa Ko’s The Leavers are popular.–Caitlin Wilson, Meadowdale Library, North Chesterfield, VA

Book Details

ISBN

9781936787975

First Release

December 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

362.734089

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Catapult

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Racism, Violence

Topics

Memoirs, Transracial adoptions, Korean Americans, Families, Biography, Autobiography,

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