Bluebird Book Club

It's more than a book club.

The goal of the Bluebird Book Club is to build a sense of community and spread bookish joy. Come join us as we chat about books, mull them over, share our favorite parts, and hear others' perspectives. All are welcome!

RSVPs are appreciated.

Join Bluebird and friends to talk about Grace D. Li 's Portrait of a Thief!

  • Bluebird Book Club
    Wed, Sep 21
    Bluebird & Co
    Sep 21, 6:30 PM EDT
    Bluebird & Co, 5792 Three Notched Rd, Crozet, VA 22932, USA



Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a White American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details - language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was 15, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life. 

Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s final years, Grace learned to cook dishes from her parent’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices at the table. And through careful listening over these shared meals, Grace discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her - but also the things that kept her alive.