Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir Audiobook, by Kat Chow Play Audiobook Sample

Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir Audiobook

Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir Audiobook, by Kat Chow Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kat Chow Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549124273

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Longest Chapter Length:

31:48 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

56 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

10:04 minutes

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For readers of Helen Macdonald and Elizabeth Alexander, an intimate and haunting portrait of grief and the search for meaning from a singular new talent as told through the prism of three generations of her Chinese American family.

Kat Chow has always been unusually fixated on death. She worried constantly about her parents dying---especially her mother. A vivacious and mischievous woman, Kat's mother made a morbid joke that would haunt her for years to come: when she died, she'd like to be stuffed and displayed in Kat's future apartment in order to always watch over her. 

After her mother dies unexpectedly from cancer, Kat, her sisters, and their father are plunged into a debilitating, lonely grief. With a distinct voice that is wry and heartfelt, Kat weaves together a story of the fallout of grief that follows her extended family as they emigrate from China and Hong Kong to Cuba and America. Seeing Ghosts asks what it means to reclaim and tell your family’s story: Is writing an exorcism or is it its own form of preservation? The result is an extraordinary new contribution to the literature of the American family, and a provocative and transformative meditation on who we become facing loss.

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“You'll come away buoyed by the solidarity of realizing that we all struggle and the comfort that comes with understanding each other's plights.”

— Good Housekeeping 


  • “In baring her memories and her soul, Chow reminds us why this task is so important, and how it lets us heal."

    — USA Today
  • “[An] affecting (and quite funny) meditation on long-term mourning.”

    — New York magazine
  • “Tis intimate debut about a life shaped by loss…is a moving depiction of grief at its most mundane and spectacular."

    — Publishers Weekly


  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2021
  • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • A BookRiot Pick of 2021's Best Books
  • An Entropy Magazine Pick of the Year's Best Books
  • An Amazon Best Book of 2021

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About Kat Chow

Kat Chow is a writer and a journalist. She was previously a reporter at NPR, where she was a founding member of the Code Switch team. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and on Radiolab, among others. She is one of Pop Culture Happy Hour’s fourth chairs. She has received a residency fellowship from the Millay Colony and was an inaugural recipient of the Yi Dae Up fellowship at the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat.