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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

  • Mike
    Jun 13, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

  • Karen Ng
    Oct 07, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

  • Melissa
    Sep 23, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

    ~review with slight spoilers and my personal experiences~ Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a revelation. I signed up for a trial of Audible, and this book was my very first choice. It took me a little under two days to finish it, which is insane because I?m not exactly...

    3.5 rounded up A strong memoir about being adopted and how it feels to meet one's birth family later in life. Chung's discussion of identity and what family means was moving and memorable - if you enjoy memoirs this one is definitely worth checking out. ...

    I was so moved by the candor and compassion Chung had when sharing this painful and very personal story of the search for her biological family. It was beautifully written and the insights on motherhood, race and family were spot on. ...

    I received a digital ARC from the publishers, Catapult. There has been so much buzz around this book and if you're wondering whether it's worth the hype, the answer is yes. Nicole Chung was born prematurely and thereafter placed for adoption by her Korean birth parents. She was then ad...

    This memoir is absolutely stunning. Nicole Chung writes beautifully in a million shades of gray, with nuance, curiosity and so much compassion. This is her story growing up as an adopted Korean-American in a white family and a white community. What shocked and touched me was that she d...

    I won this book from Goodreads Giveaway, which I am now eternally grateful for because this memoir was absolutely fantastic. It was simple, clear, tangible, complicated, an entire vortex of powerful emotions that I was sucked into before realizing what had happened. Nicole Chung ha...

    This is a beautifully rendered meditation on what makes a person and what makes a family. The writing is exquisite and brimming with compassion. As someone who isn?t adopted, it helped me think productively about my own family. I highly recommend this for *all* readers who want to kn...

    A beautiful memoir about Chung?s adoption and being Korean-American in an all-white society. I?ve long been a fan of her work online. Bravo. Incidentally, I started listening to Lisa Ko?s The Leavers while reading this. An amazing juxtaposition of adoption stories in the simi...

  • Simone
    Oct 03, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

  • Christine
    Oct 15, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

    ~review with slight spoilers and my personal experiences~ Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a revelation. I signed up for a trial of Audible, and this book was my very first choice. It took me a little under two days to finish it, which is insane because I?m not exactly...

  • Genevieve
    Oct 13, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

    ~review with slight spoilers and my personal experiences~ Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a revelation. I signed up for a trial of Audible, and this book was my very first choice. It took me a little under two days to finish it, which is insane because I?m not exactly...

    3.5 rounded up A strong memoir about being adopted and how it feels to meet one's birth family later in life. Chung's discussion of identity and what family means was moving and memorable - if you enjoy memoirs this one is definitely worth checking out. ...

    I was so moved by the candor and compassion Chung had when sharing this painful and very personal story of the search for her biological family. It was beautifully written and the insights on motherhood, race and family were spot on. ...

  • Emily
    Apr 25, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

  • Jessica
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

  • Sarah
    Oct 21, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

    ~review with slight spoilers and my personal experiences~ Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a revelation. I signed up for a trial of Audible, and this book was my very first choice. It took me a little under two days to finish it, which is insane because I?m not exactly...

    3.5 rounded up A strong memoir about being adopted and how it feels to meet one's birth family later in life. Chung's discussion of identity and what family means was moving and memorable - if you enjoy memoirs this one is definitely worth checking out. ...

  • Julie
    Mar 31, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

  • Jason Diamond
    Sep 03, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 23, 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...

    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...

  • ak
    May 12, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

  • Rebecca
    Sep 24, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Joy
    Jun 09, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

  • Chanda Prescod-weinstein
    Apr 30, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

    ~review with slight spoilers and my personal experiences~ Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a revelation. I signed up for a trial of Audible, and this book was my very first choice. It took me a little under two days to finish it, which is insane because I?m not exactly...

    3.5 rounded up A strong memoir about being adopted and how it feels to meet one's birth family later in life. Chung's discussion of identity and what family means was moving and memorable - if you enjoy memoirs this one is definitely worth checking out. ...

    I was so moved by the candor and compassion Chung had when sharing this painful and very personal story of the search for her biological family. It was beautifully written and the insights on motherhood, race and family were spot on. ...

    I received a digital ARC from the publishers, Catapult. There has been so much buzz around this book and if you're wondering whether it's worth the hype, the answer is yes. Nicole Chung was born prematurely and thereafter placed for adoption by her Korean birth parents. She was then ad...

    This memoir is absolutely stunning. Nicole Chung writes beautifully in a million shades of gray, with nuance, curiosity and so much compassion. This is her story growing up as an adopted Korean-American in a white family and a white community. What shocked and touched me was that she d...

    I won this book from Goodreads Giveaway, which I am now eternally grateful for because this memoir was absolutely fantastic. It was simple, clear, tangible, complicated, an entire vortex of powerful emotions that I was sucked into before realizing what had happened. Nicole Chung ha...

    This is a beautifully rendered meditation on what makes a person and what makes a family. The writing is exquisite and brimming with compassion. As someone who isn?t adopted, it helped me think productively about my own family. I highly recommend this for *all* readers who want to kn...

  • Allison
    Sep 03, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

    ~review with slight spoilers and my personal experiences~ Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a revelation. I signed up for a trial of Audible, and this book was my very first choice. It took me a little under two days to finish it, which is insane because I?m not exactly...

    3.5 rounded up A strong memoir about being adopted and how it feels to meet one's birth family later in life. Chung's discussion of identity and what family means was moving and memorable - if you enjoy memoirs this one is definitely worth checking out. ...

    I was so moved by the candor and compassion Chung had when sharing this painful and very personal story of the search for her biological family. It was beautifully written and the insights on motherhood, race and family were spot on. ...

    I received a digital ARC from the publishers, Catapult. There has been so much buzz around this book and if you're wondering whether it's worth the hype, the answer is yes. Nicole Chung was born prematurely and thereafter placed for adoption by her Korean birth parents. She was then ad...

    This memoir is absolutely stunning. Nicole Chung writes beautifully in a million shades of gray, with nuance, curiosity and so much compassion. This is her story growing up as an adopted Korean-American in a white family and a white community. What shocked and touched me was that she d...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Aug 19, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

  • Afoma Umesi
    Sep 07, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

    ~review with slight spoilers and my personal experiences~ Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a revelation. I signed up for a trial of Audible, and this book was my very first choice. It took me a little under two days to finish it, which is insane because I?m not exactly...

    3.5 rounded up A strong memoir about being adopted and how it feels to meet one's birth family later in life. Chung's discussion of identity and what family means was moving and memorable - if you enjoy memoirs this one is definitely worth checking out. ...

    I was so moved by the candor and compassion Chung had when sharing this painful and very personal story of the search for her biological family. It was beautifully written and the insights on motherhood, race and family were spot on. ...

    I received a digital ARC from the publishers, Catapult. There has been so much buzz around this book and if you're wondering whether it's worth the hype, the answer is yes. Nicole Chung was born prematurely and thereafter placed for adoption by her Korean birth parents. She was then ad...

  • Sachi Argabright
    Sep 10, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

  • Akila
    Jul 16, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

    Moved me to tears so many times. As an Asian that raised three kids in a predominantly white town. I understand a bit of racism and how difficult it was for my children to find their own identitly, but this book, and her prose, are unique. Brutally honest, yet heart breaking at times.A...

    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...

    I know I keep saying this about the Asian American debuts I have read this year, but I LOVED this book!! Similar to Julayne Lee?s Not My White Savior, this book taught me so much about Korean adoption and the complex family dynamics in creates. I absolutely loved Nicole?s beautiful...

    Such a poignant and moving book, told in such a way that you'll end every page and stop to think about the way you view yourself, and others, and consider the way you live your life. Identity is something we all struggle with in one way or another and to read such an insightful story a...

    Edited: Consistently bowled over throughout this read by the empathy and grace with which it treated each of these real life people who make up its story. Memoirs rarely nail this with such balance, and I sincerely appreciated it. Brought me to tears twice, both moments when someon...

    I?m biased but this book is amazing and heartful and I loved reading it. ...

    I'm not 100% sure what "a tour de force" means, but I feel like that it makes sense for this book. I didn't know much about Nicole Chung's life other than that she's the editor-in-chief of Catapult's online literary magazine and she's an amazing writer. I knew she was Korean, but the r...

    ~review with slight spoilers and my personal experiences~ Nicole Chung?s All You Can Ever Know is a revelation. I signed up for a trial of Audible, and this book was my very first choice. It took me a little under two days to finish it, which is insane because I?m not exactly...

    3.5 rounded up A strong memoir about being adopted and how it feels to meet one's birth family later in life. Chung's discussion of identity and what family means was moving and memorable - if you enjoy memoirs this one is definitely worth checking out. ...

    I was so moved by the candor and compassion Chung had when sharing this painful and very personal story of the search for her biological family. It was beautifully written and the insights on motherhood, race and family were spot on. ...

    I received a digital ARC from the publishers, Catapult. There has been so much buzz around this book and if you're wondering whether it's worth the hype, the answer is yes. Nicole Chung was born prematurely and thereafter placed for adoption by her Korean birth parents. She was then ad...

    This memoir is absolutely stunning. Nicole Chung writes beautifully in a million shades of gray, with nuance, curiosity and so much compassion. This is her story growing up as an adopted Korean-American in a white family and a white community. What shocked and touched me was that she d...

    I won this book from Goodreads Giveaway, which I am now eternally grateful for because this memoir was absolutely fantastic. It was simple, clear, tangible, complicated, an entire vortex of powerful emotions that I was sucked into before realizing what had happened. Nicole Chung ha...

  • Paul
    Oct 02, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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...

    Powerful, deeply affecting memoir about love, longing, belonging, and family. An unforgettable debut. ...

    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...

    "...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...

    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...

    I think the point of a memoir is to not only tell an interesting story all the way through but to also teach the reader something. Lots of memoirs are filled with pages meant to do just that: fill the pages. Memoirs get a bad rep because people think they can write them, but they can't...

    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. ...

  • Dan Friedman
    Oct 19, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    Five stars five stars! Because I can?t wait to read this!!!!! ...

    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
    Oct 14, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    **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, ...

  • R.O. Kwon
    Feb 18, 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...

    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...

    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. ...