Search Results: "Young-ha Kim"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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KEVIN YOUNG
by Megan Labrise

According to poet and critic Kevin Young’s latest treatise, there’s something more American than apple pie. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News is a philosophical history of the hoax, from mid-19th-century circus sideshows to the baseless stories that circulate our social media feeds.

“People had for a long time thought of the hoax in ...


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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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QUEERIES
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Set in the early 1980s, London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories celebrates the residents of the Finsbury Park neighborhood in northern London. Ian Young’s collection of stories reveals a generous community of all sorts—launderettes, working-class gay lads, punks, stoners, stamp collectors, scavengers, revolutionaries in exile, and criminals. Our reviewer said Young creates “an impressive and tactile sense of ...


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PROTEST PRIMER
by Julie Danielson

I may as well be honest with you: I’m not feeling very peppy today, as I sit down to type a couple of days after the Las Vegas shooting. It’s another horrific mass shooting with Congress poised to do little to nothing about it. We are a short-sighted country.

However, we can make our voices heard. Always. Speak up. Let ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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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FISHING FOR UNDERSTANDING WITH BAO PHI
by Julie Danielson

Minneapolis-based writer and poet Bao Phi, who has made his way in the world of poetry (he has a poem in 2006 Best American Poetry and is a National Poetry Slam finalist), sees his debut early next month in the world of children’s literature. A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, is an autobiographical picture book, a tender story striking ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >