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Let's read some non-fiction. The next book is Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. Nonfiction about North Korea. But with a loss of electricity, famine, and prison camps, it reads just like some post-apocalyptic fiction.

Winner of the 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson prize (http://www.thesamueljohnsonprize.co.uk/pages/news/index.asp?NewsID=26) What if the nightmare imagined by George Orwell in 1984 were real? What if you had to live in a country where radio dials were fixed to a single government station? Where the surroundings were entirely black-and-white except for the red lettering of the propaganda signs? Where you were required to keep a large portrait of the president on your living room wall and bow to it on national holidays? Where sexuality was repressed except for purposes of reproduction? Where spies like Orwell’s Thought Police studied your facial expressions during political rallies to make sure you were sincere not only in your speech but your thoughts?

This is a real place – the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea or North Korea. The Communist regime that has controlled the northern half of the Korean peninsula since 1945 might be the most totalitarian of modern world history.

George Polk Award and Robert F. Kennedy Award-Winning Journalist Barbara Demick’s NOTHING TO ENVY: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Spiegel & Grau; On Sale December 29, 2009) offers a never-before-seen view of a country and society largely unknown to the rest of the world.

We'll try a new location for this one, The Library Bar at Hotel Rex in Union Square. Hey, it's a library and bar. What could go wrong?

Indulge your literary side at the Hotel Rex’s Library Bar. What could be better than books, cocktails and a menu of American classics?

BTW you guys have a new organizer, me. This book was suggested by one of our members; and it sounds good! If you can't/won't make it, please let me know why so I can make adjustments to future meetups or possibly even this one. Hope to see you here.

Estan