Heartbreaking, Illuminating North Korean Defector’s Memoir that Lingers

Book review: A River in Darkness, by Masaji Ishikawa (Amazon) What do I remember of that night? The night I escaped from North Korea? There are so many things that I don't remember, that I've put out of my mind forever...But I'll tell you what I do recall. It's drizzling. But soon the drizzle turns... Continue Reading →

Many Names, Many Lives Of A North Korean Defector

Book review: The Girl With Seven Names, by Hyeonseo Lee with David John (Amazon / Book Depository) Leaving North Korea is not like leaving any other country. It is more like leaving another universe. I will never truly be free of its gravity, no matter how far I journey. After reading Barbara Demick's brilliant Nothing to Envy, her group... Continue Reading →

Do You Ever Just Want to Be Left Alone?

Book review: The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel (Amazon / Book Depository) "How long," she asks, "have you been living in the woods?" "Decades," he says. Vance would prefer something more specific. "Since what year?" she presses. Once more with the years. He has made the decision to talk, and it's important to him to... Continue Reading →

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