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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
From Goodreads: Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors. Through meticulous and sensitive reporting, we see her six subjects—average North Korean citizens—fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we experience the moments when they realize that their government has betrayed them. Nothing to Envy is a groundbreaking addition to the literature of totalitarianism and an eye-opening look at a closed world that is of increasing global importance.

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This is a group of twenty and thirty-somethings in the Dallas area that love to read! We read and discuss all types of books - fiction, nonfiction, new and old... Books are chosen by the group members every few months so there is always something interesting to look forward to! We meet the first Monday of every month at various hot spots around Dallas, usually a wine bar or coffee shop. Hope you can join us! **If you have any questions, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions section of our message board, or email Ashley**

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