All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

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 early childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biolo What does it mean to lose your roots?within your culture, within your family?and what happens when you find t...

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Title:All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
Author:Nicole Chung
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Nov 09, 2018
    Nicole Chung shares her story of growing up as a transracial adoptee in a small Oregon town where she was often the only person of color. I heard some of her story on the NPR Code Switch podcast (recommended), but didn't know what happened after she looked into her birth parents. She n...
  • Celeste Ng
    Apr 01, 2018
    This book moved me to my very core. As all her writing, Nicole Chung speaks eloquently and honestly about her own personal story, then widens her aperture to illuminate all of us. ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW is full of insights on race, motherhood, and family of all kinds, but what sets it a...
  • Karen Geiger
    Nov 18, 2018
    I?m really surprised this book has such great reviews. The writing is clunky and flat, rendering what could have been a compelling memoir about mixed race adoption, into a very ordinary tale. Having to re-read sentences that simply didn?t flow was super distracting. And at the end ...
  • Mike
    Jun 13, 2018
    I knew this book was going to be great, but I did not expect that it would make me cry quite so quickly. (For the record, the first tears came on page 16.) What an amazingly honest, open, full-hearted story Nicole Chung has given us about adoption, about heritage, about self-understand...
  • Vanessa Hua
    Jun 04, 2018
    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...
  • Jessica
    Dec 03, 2018
    I absolutely adored of Nicole Chung's account of her transracial adoption, which has been popping up on many best-of lists this month. It's legitimately one of the best memoirs I've ever read, and I wrote a master's thesis on memoirs. This book tells a fascinating tale and it does so w...
  • Elyse Walters
    Jan 30, 2019
    Audiobook- library overdrive - read by Janet Song Having recently listened to the audiobook of ?Inheritance?, by Dani Shapiro - ?All You Can Ever Know?, by Nicole Chung, is a great bookend companion. Both memoirs are reflective moving stories. Both women were searc...
  • Michele
    Nov 20, 2018
    The suspense in this memoir makes it compulsively readable; it comes from the question of whether the author will search for her birthparents, and if so, whether she finds them. This plot is further complicated by an unexpected revelation that moves the story forward in a spot where it...
  • Ashley
    Dec 08, 2018
    "I finally understood what my birth parents did not: my adoption was hard, and complicated, but it was not a tragedy. It was not my fault, and it wasn?t theirs, either. It was the easiest way to solve just one of too many problems." I basically read this all in one sitting last Sa...
  • Misty
    Oct 19, 2018
    After I finished ?All You Can Ever Know,? I wanted to press it into the hands of my loved ones and say, ?This is the book you must read if you want to understand me. THIS is a book finally written for me.? In "All You Can Ever Know," Chung shares her experience as a transrac...
  • Thomas
    Feb 24, 2019
    A moving, gentle memoir about growing up as a Korean American transracial adoptee in a predominantly white small Oregon town. Nicole Chung shares how her childhood experience intersects with her own experience as a new mother, as well as her decision to search for her birth family late...
  • Traci at The Stacks
    Jan 14, 2019
    I?ve never read anything about adoption that taught me so much. I had lots of gaps in my understanding for this process and am grateful for so much that came up. As a mixed kid I related to parts of this book about identity and other parts felt so unfamiliar. Chung is open and bares ...
  • Canadian
    Dec 09, 2018
    The content is suitable for an essay or a magazine feature piece. There just isn?t enough here for a full-length memoir. The writing is unremarkable, often bland, frequently repetitive, and overly padded. I?m surprised by the high ratings. ...
  • Emily
    Apr 25, 2018
    There's a lot of ink spilled in the lit-o-sphere over the courage it takes to tell your personal story, so much that it's a kind of cliche. Too bad! I'm going to say it: This story is brave. ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW is a courageous, beautiful book that deserves all the accolades it's goin...
  • Lupita Reads
    Mar 01, 2018
    Nicole Chung?s ability to be vulnerable & approach difficult conversations with compassion, empathy & love in her memoir is everything I ever want to be as a Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend & soon to be Mother. I want/need to fill my life with hard but necessary truths &am...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 23, 2018
    When I started thinking about how I was going to describe this book, the words that came to mind were the kind of words you'd read on a bottle of water: pure, clear, undiluted. Every time I read it it was like turning on a faucet of raw emotion, a view into the author's experience that...
  • Rebecca
    Sep 24, 2018
    Nicole Chung was born premature to Korean shopkeepers who already had two daughters. This was 1981 Seattle, and her parents felt unequal to the challenge of raising a child who might have disabilities. They offered their baby up for adoption, and she was raised by white parents in Port...
  • Allison McKenzie
    Nov 02, 2018
    This book was okay. I almost quit within the first few chapters because she seemed almost annoyed at her adopted parents for adopting her. I kept going though and it got slightly better. I understand the point of the book, I?m just not sure I liked her point of view in telling it. ...
  • Joy
    Jun 09, 2018
    "...it's always a welcome relief to find myself in the company of other adopted people, because only we can understand what it means to grow up adopted." I loved this memoir, for its lovely writing, for its moving story, but most of all, because I could nod along in recognition at s...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Aug 19, 2018
    I'm not usually big on memoirs but when presented with this copy to review, I couldn't say no. A beautifully poignant and emotionally filled memoir of a Korean girl adopted by white parents and facing racism and prejudice no one around her could understand. This journey of her finding ...
  • Robert Blumenthal
    Nov 02, 2018
    This is a timely and well-written memoir that addresses the issues around mixed race adoptions. Nicole Chung, a Korean American, was adopted as a premature baby by a loving and religious couple in Seattle. They moved to Southern Oregon where she was brought up. Throughout her childhood...
  • Kate Olson
    Feb 08, 2019
    Adoption ~ a topic I?ve been thinking a lot about this week after listening to the @stackspod episode from Wednesday and reading this exceptional memoir. . It?s not a topic I have any personal knowledge about and this is the first nonfiction book I have ever read about it. I?ve...
  • Christina Grace
    Nov 07, 2018
    Greatest book ever written by one of the greatest living writers ...
  • Christine
    Jan 30, 2019
    4-4.5. Such an amazing memoir ...
  • Paul
    Oct 02, 2018
    A thoughtful, if discursive, memoir about a Korean-American girl growing up and finding her birth family. It could have been written at about half the length. ...
  • Brandice
    Feb 04, 2019
    All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir is Nicole Chung?s story of adoption and the search for her Korean birth family, when she becomes an expectant mother, about to start her own family. Nicole was adopted by a white couple in Oregon when she was 2 months old. She knew the story of her...
  • Dan
    Oct 19, 2018
    Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a beautifully rendered memoir of family construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Viewed through a wide-angle lens, Chung challenges her readers to ponder the limits of biological determinism and free will. Viewed through a narrow-angle...
  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    Oct 14, 2018
    **this review ended up being way too longer than I?d like to, but I had so much to say, so brace yourselves! . . so when people asked me about my family, my features, the fate I?d been dealt, maybe it isn?t surprising how I answered ? first in a childish, cheerful chirrup, ...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    Mar 21, 2019
    FOUR STARS If you love juicy, crazy memoirs you might wanna skip this one. Nicole Chung has written a quiet reflection of her young life so far and while I didn't find the book exactly riveting, it is nonetheless thought provoking and interesting. Beautifully written and told in...
  • R.O. Kwon
    Feb 18, 2018
    An urgent, incandescent exploration of what it can mean to love, and of who gets to belong, in an increasingly divided country. Nicole Chung's powerful All You Can Ever Know is necessary reading, a dazzling light to help lead the way during these times. ...