Summary – Award winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Koreans over a period of fifteen years through a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-Sung, his son Kim Jong-Il’s rise to power, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick shows what it means to live under a repressive totalitarian regime. A world that is not connected to the Internet, displays of affection are often punished, informants are rewarded, and how a simple joke or remark can send a person to a prison camp for life. Through Demick’s journey, we see how North Koreans have dealt with the profound, life-altering disillusionment of their government and realizing how much their country and their government have betrayed them.
Read-Alikes – If you enjoyed this book and are seeking similar titles, here are a few to consider: A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishakawa, A World in Disarray by Robert Haass, My Holiday in North Korea by Wendy E. Simmons, The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden, and Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim.
Book Club – Nothing to Envy will be Carol’s afternoon book club selection for May. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk. Book Club will meet on Tuesday May 15th at 2:30pm.