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Tastes Like War: A Memoir Discussion Board
The digital book club, Big Library Read, is featuring Tastes Like War: A Memoir with no waitlists or holds through May 17. Share your thoughts about the title with readers around the world. The discussion board will be available through May 21.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Tastes Like War starts in 1976 and ends in 2008. The memoir jumps through time, going between Cho’s childhood, her adolescent years, her young adulthood, and the years before her mother died. How does this structure influence the way we read the story? How does it help Cho tell her story?
In the prologue, Cho writes that she has had “at least three mothers” (2) in her life. In what ways did Cho’s mother change throughout her life? How did each of these different versions of the same woman affect Cho as she grew up?
What are the stigmas surrounding schizophrenia? What are the ways you have witnessed schizophrenia portrayed in the media? How do you think the author challenges these portrayals in Tastes Like War?