Aren't We Lucky to Live in This Country?
April 30, 2013
The 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction was announced recently; it was The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. It is a novel telling the story of growing up in a North Korean orphanage and the protagonist’s life after leaving the orphanage. I’ve got it checked out, but it’s still on my to-read list.
One nonfiction book about North Korea that I have read was Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick. This book made me realize how blessed we are to live in the United States and how much we take our rights for granted.
Two other nonfiction titles that I currently have checked out. The first is Somewhere Inside by Laura & Lisa Ling. This is the tale of an American documentary filmmaker who was captured by North Korean soldiers on the North Korea-Chinese border and her sister’s efforts to free her. The other title I have checked out is Escape from Camp 14. The subject of this book was actually born and raised in a prison camp to two prisoners whose marriage was arranged by camp officials. Again, so many books, too little time.
Aren’t we glad we live where we do, and aren’t we lucky to have libraries to provide us free access to information?