I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: A Memoir

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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5.82 X 8.5 X 0.81 inches | 0.77 pounds

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About the Author

Born in 1990, Baek Sehee studied creative writing in college before working for five years at a publishing house. For ten years, she received psychiatric treatment for dysthymia (persistent mild depression), which became the subject of her essays, and then I Want to Die, but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki. Her favorite food is tteokbokki, and she lives with her rescue dog, Jaram.

Anton Hur was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the winner of a PEN Translates grant and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, among many others, and his translations include Kyung-Sook Shin's Violets, Bora Chung's Cursed Bunny, and Sang Young Park's Love in the Big City.


"At once personal and universal, this book is about finding a path to awareness, understanding, and wisdom." --Kirkus Reviews

"Honest and authentic throughout . . . A sincere attempt at self-discovery that will resonate with young people who suffer from similar forms of depression and anxiety" --Library Journal

"Candid . . . heartfelt . . . Sehee's mission to normalize conversation about mental illness is an admirable one." --Publishers Weekly

"A testament to the gradual nature of therapy's cumulative healing effects, I Want to Die should resonate with anyone who eagerly transcribes every nugget of advice they get." --Buzzfeed

"Earnest . . . clever . . . [Baek Sehee] uses months of (real) transcripts from her therapy sessions to explore her own depression and anxiety, always tiptoeing toward something like self-awareness." --Chicago Tribune

"An eye-opening view into a person's most vulnerable moments in a new way." --Cosmopolitan

"With candor and humor, Baek offers readers and herself resonant moments of empathy." --Booklist

"For readers feeling a little icy around the edges, [Sehee's] memoir promises to defrost." --Wired.com

"[I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki] is a therapeutic salve . . . Recommended by K-pop juggernaut BTS's RM, Sehee's memoir is a connective tissue for all of us looking for a silver lining." - PopSugar

"Compelling . . . there is a fascination being inside the counseling room with [Sehee]. We feel we are a party to a sacred realm and find ourselves drawn to her testimony; mesmerized by her ability to keep thwarting herself from getting better. And we want her to get better." - Books & Film Globe

"If you've ever felt exhausted and anxious by performing well-being, this is a book for you." - Ms. Magazine