2021: #26 – The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea (Bandi)

This was a really interesting collection of short stories, written by an anonymous North Korean author mostly in the early 1990s. The stories take place both before and after the death of Kim Il-Sung and during the beginning of the North Korean famine. I thought it did a great job of illustrating the oppression that most people in North Korea were living under at that

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2021: #3 – The Glass Hotel (Emily St. John Mandel)

The Glass Hotel is Emily St. John Mandel’s follow-up to Station Eleven, but it is a very different book. This book takes place in our world, and at the center of it is a Ponzi scheme — think Bernie Madoff, leaving enormous numbers of people without their life savings. But despite the different sort of plot, the book has the same ephemeral, dream-like feel that

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