All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir  by Nicole Chung
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir  by Nicole Chung

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
Long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award
Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, TimeReal SimpleBustle, Chicago Public Library, and more 
A Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, A Junior Library Guild Selection, and an American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick
Finalist for the ABA Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year Award

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On Sale October 2, 2018 • ISBN 9781936787975

"Chung’s memoir is more than a thoughtful consideration of race and heritage in America. It is the story of sisters finding each other, overcoming bureaucracy, abuse, separation, and time." —The New Yorker

"All You Can Ever Know is full of insights on race, motherhood, and family of all kinds, but what sets it apart is the compassion Chung brings to every facet of her search for identity and every person portrayed in these pages. This book should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family—which is to say, everyone.” —Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

What does it mean to lose your roots—within your culture, within your family—and what happens when you find them? 

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth. 

With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child.  All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.


Nicole Chung is the author of the national bestseller All You Can Ever Know. Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, TIME, The Washington Post, Library Journal, and many other outlets, All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, an Indies Choice Honor Book, and an official Junior Library Guild selection. Chung was named to the Good Morning America 2021 AAPI Inspiration List honoring those “making Asian American history right now,” and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, TIMEThe Guardian, and Slate, among others.