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Meraki | Book Review

Title: Meraki
Author: Tobi-Hope Jieun Park
Publisher: Atmosphere Press

Meraki [may-rah-kee] - to put a piece of yourself into everything you do.

Over time, we collect pieces of the world around us, patchwork them into ourselves. Hoard them like family. Meraki pulls these pieces to the surface, and turns them gently to the light.

Using language which gives and takes, this collection explores the importance of our relationship with ourselves, and our relationships with others. It invites you to step into the Korean-American identity, to hold it in your hands, to carry it away. It explores themes of food, family, and color through the eyes of a foreigner.

Meraki is a journey of self reflection. Of unravelling. Of push and pull. Of blending sight with sound, tongue with touch. Of growing up before it's too late.

I've been given so much. Meraki is a way to give back.

Meraki is a book that will teach you to write your own story. To tell the people your life and experiences. Meraki will teach you to value the things that you have and lost in time.

Every pieces of the book is uniquely written. I absolutely adore how Park made each pages fascinating. Park is a natural storyteller. She writes this book as if you grew with her and witness the most memorable part of her life. Meraki serves as a guide to the culture she have, the emotions she take, and the values she inherit.

Meraki's childhood themes is one of the interesting part of the book. I love how her native Korean-American life has been put through the book. I only got disconnected to a little lines but it's nonetheless crafted with passion and experience.

I do hope Park will let us read more of her works  in the future. This incredible work of art is what we need to read and hear from a storyteller herself.

- copy is given for free in exchange for a review. reviews and opinions are all mine. -

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About the Author:

Tobi-Hope Jieun Park is a resident of sunny Southern California, and has been writing since the age of eight. Her poems and narratives have been appeared in various journals such as Rattle, Chautauqua Journal, SOLA, Common Ground Review, Cold Mountain, and more. Tobi-Hope is a three time Gold Key winner and a National Gold Key winner at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In her free time, she can be found singing karaoke with her siblings, tending to her pets One-Eyed Jack and the Lizard Gang, and knitting pieces too small for conventional use.



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