Join the 2023 Big Library Read!

The Big Library Read Starts Wednesday, May 3!  

Library District cardholders of all ages can take part in the 2023 Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From May 3-17, book lovers around the world can check out Grace M. Cho’s evocative memoir, Tastes Like War, and download the eBook and eAudiobook formats with no waitlists! All you need is your free library card to access our digital collection on the Libby app or by visiting Readers can then join the online discussion to share their thoughts with fellow literary lovers.

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Read the Book:

Tastes Like War tells the story of Grace M. Cho who grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life. Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter's search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother's schizophrenia.

Tastes Like War

Tastes Like War

About the Author:

Grace M. Cho is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Her book, Tastes Like War, was the winner of the 2022 Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature, a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and a TIME & NPR Best Book of the Year in 2021. She is also the author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy and the Forgotten War which was published in 2008.