Search Results: "Kim Suk-Young"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"Thanks to Kim's courageous testimony, as the translator notes in an excellent contextual introduction, knowledge of these camps has been exposed to the outside world."
A rare, chilling glimpse inside the totalitarian regime of North Korea. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A meticulously detailed feat of rare footage inside the DPRK's propaganda machinery."
Exhaustively researched, highly engrossing chronicle of the outrageous abduction of a pair of well-known South Korean filmmakers by the nefarious network of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il. Read full book review >

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I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY MYSELF by Young-ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Pretty sick, but absorbing. Noir with a piquant exotic twist."
Alienation, ennui and self-destruction are perceived as artistic creations in this icy 1996 novel, its Korean author's first in English translation. Read full book review >

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YOUR REPUBLIC IS CALLING YOU by Young-ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Challenging, occasionally forced and turgid, but energized by a powerful sense of the difficulty of 'belonging' in a dangerous place and time. Perhaps the most intriguing and accomplished Korean fiction yet to appear in English translation."
A spy living a fabricated life as a respectable businessman, husband and father is the embattled protagonist of this ambitious novel from one of Korea's most admired writers. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS KIM AND TOO MUCH TRUTH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Clearly character education, subtlety is sacrificed to purpose, but it sparkles nevertheless. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Honesty may be the best policy, but Kim's zeal takes this valuable idiom to the extreme. Read full book review >

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BLACK FLOWER by Young-Ha Kim
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Readers who remember the historical fiction of Thomas B. Costain, Zoe Oldenbourg and Anya Seton will appreciate the extensive research and empathic imagination that went into this novel."
Korean author Kim stumbled upon a little-known piece of history during a conversation on a trans-Pacific flight. This history was so fascinating, he wanted to base a novel on it. This is that novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 2000

"For fans of espionage, here's a detailed footnote to the oft-told story of a senior turncoat and his Cambridge colleagues. To Western sensibilities, however, the presentation of this notorious mole as a man of integrity is a tough sell, indeed. (16 pages photos)"
This text on a fabled espionage case proves to be, like spying itself, occasionally hair- raising and frequently boring, with scant material about three decades of one man's treachery. Read full book review >

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RINA by Kang Young-sook
by Kang Young-sook, translated by Kim Boram
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Timely in an age of refugees and a welcome introduction to a writer worth knowing about."
South Korean novelist Kang turns in a haunting, nervous story of dislocation and disorientation. Read full book review >

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YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This book will not only thoroughly entertain everyone who reads it; it is the most immaculate takedown of slut-shaming in literature or anywhere else. Cheers, and gratitude, to the author."
When a young political intern in South Florida has an affair with her boss, it leads to disaster—at least at first. Read full book review >

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I HEAR YOUR VOICE by Young-Ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The story's transitions aren't always navigated as deftly as Kim intends. But his own empathetic gifts applied toward even the quirkiest and seediest of his characters evoke a vivid panorama of what life along the edges is like in Seoul."
A pair of alienated, hypersensitive South Korean boys seek solace, first from each other and then from the volatile subculture of their homeless, aimless peers. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO ESCAPED PARADISE by J.M. Lee
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"Read straight, it doesn't quite work, but as a Candide-like satire best read with a calculator to hand, it has its moments."
A North Korean whiz kid tries for a slice of the happiness pie, and complications ensue. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ELIZABETH by Kate Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"A celebratory and entertaining royal biography."
Early-life biography of the queen, who "in one sense…is the twentieth century."Read full book review >