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ISBN
0385523912
Book Title
Nothing to Envy : Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Item Length
8 in
Publication Year
2010
Format
Trade Paperback
Language
English
Illustrator
Yes
Item Height
0.7 in
Author
Barbara Demick
Genre
Political Science, Social Science, Business & Economics, History
Topic
Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies, Sociology / General, Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism, Social History, Economic Conditions, Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Item Weight
8.4 Oz
Item Width
5.1 in
Number of Pages
336 Pages

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Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
ISBN-10
0385523912
ISBN-13
9780385523912
eBay Product ID (ePID)
80490773

Product Key Features

Book Title
Nothing to Envy : Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Number of Pages
336 Pages
Language
English
Publication Year
2010
Topic
Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies, Sociology / General, Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism, Social History, Economic Conditions, Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Illustrator
Yes
Genre
Political Science, Social Science, Business & Economics, History
Author
Barbara Demick
Format
Trade Paperback

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Item Height
0.7 in
Item Weight
8.4 Oz
Item Length
8 in
Item Width
5.1 in

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2010-483226
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"The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Los Angeles Times correspondent Barbara Demick's Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea....Elegantly structured and written, Nothing To Envy is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction."- Slate "Excellent... lovely work of narrative nonfiction....a book that offers extensive evidence of the author's deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details."- New York Times "A deeply moving book."- Wall Street Journal   "Superbly reported account of life in North Korea''- Bloomberg   "There's a simple way to determine how well a journalist has reported a story, internalized the details, seized control of the narrative and produced good work. When you read the result, you forget the journalist is there. Barbara Demick, the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau chief, has aced that test in "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea," a clear-eyed and deeply reported look at one of the world's most dismal places.''- Cleveland Plain Dealer   "The ring of authority as well as the suspense of a novel.''- Washington Times   "Excellent new book is one of only a few that have made full use of the testimony of North Korean refugees and defectors. A delightful, easy-to-read work of literary nonfiction, it humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad that North Koreans are often compared to robots... The tale of the star-crossed lovers, Jun-sang and Mi-ran, is so charming as to have inspired reports that Hollywood might be interested."- San Francisco Chronicle   "In a stunning work of investigation, Barbara Demick removes North Korea's mask to reveal what lies beneath its media censorship and repressive dictatorship."- Daily Beast   "In spite of the strict restrictions on foreign press, awardwinning journalist Demick caught telling glimpses of just how surreal and mournful life is in North Korea... Strongly written and gracefully structured, Demick's potent blend of personal narratives and piercing journalism vividly and evocatively portrays courageous individuals and a tyrannized state."- Booklist   "A fascinating and deeply personal look at the lives of six defectors from the repressive totalitarian regime of the Republic of North Korea... As Demick weaves their stories together with the hidden history of the country's descent into chaos, she skillfully re-creates these captivating and moving personal journeys."- Publishers Weekly   "These are the stories you'll never hear from North Korea's state news agency."- New York Post   "At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology. Demick... takes us inside the minds of her subjects, rendering them as complex, often compelling characters - not the brainwashed parodies we see marching in unison in TV reports."- Philadelphia Inquirer   "The last time I read a book with something truly harrowing or pitiful or sad on every page it was Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and those characters had the good fortune to not be real."- St. Louis Magazine From the Hardcover edition., "The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication ofLos Angeles Timescorrespondent Barbara Demick's Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea….Elegantly structured and written,Nothing To Envyis a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction."Slate "Excellent… lovely work of narrative nonfiction….a book that offers extensive evidence of the author's deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details."New York Times "A deeply moving book."Wall Street Journal "Superbly reported account of life in North Korea''Bloomberg "There's a simple way to determine how well a journalist has reported a story, internalized the details, seized control of the narrative and produced good work. When you read the result, you forget the journalist is there. Barbara Demick, the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau chief, has aced that test in "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea," a clear-eyed and deeply reported look at one of the world's most dismal places.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer "The ring of authority as well as the suspense of a novel.''Washington Times "Excellent new book is one of only a few that have made full use of the testimony of North Korean refugees and defectors. A delightful, easy-to-read work of literary nonfiction, it humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad that North Koreans are often compared to robots… The tale of the star-crossed lovers, Jun-sang and Mi-ran, is so charming as to have inspired reports that Hollywood might be interested."San Francisco Chronicle "In a stunning work of investigation, Barbara Demick removes North Korea's mask to reveal what lies beneath its media censorship and repressive dictatorship."Daily Beast "In spite of the strict restrictions on foreign press, awardwinning journalist Demick caught telling glimpses of just how surreal and mournful life is in North Korea… Strongly written and gracefully structured, Demick's potent blend of personal narratives and piercing journalism vividly and evocatively portrays courageous individuals and a tyrannized state."Booklist "A fascinating and deeply personal look at the lives of six defectors from the repressive totalitarian regime of the Republic of North Korea… As Demick weaves their stories together with the hidden history of the country's descent into chaos, she skillfully re-creates these captivating and moving personal journeys." Publishers Weekly "These are the stories you'll never hear from North Korea's state news agency."New York Post "At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology. Demick… takes us inside the minds of her subjects, rendering them as complex, often compelling characters not the brainwashed parodies we see marching in unison in TV reports."Philadelphia Inquirer "The last time I read a book with something truly harrowing or pitiful or sad on every page it was Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and those characters had the good fortune to not be real."St. Louis Magazine, "The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Los Angeles Times correspondent Barbara Demick's Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea….Elegantly structured and written, Nothing To Envy is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction." Slate "Excellent… lovely work of narrative nonfiction….a book that offers extensive evidence of the author's deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details." New York Times "A deeply moving book." Wall Street Journal "Superbly reported account of life in North Korea'' Bloomberg "There's a simple way to determine how well a journalist has reported a story, internalized the details, seized control of the narrative and produced good work. When you read the result, you forget the journalist is there. Barbara Demick, the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau chief, has aced that test in "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea," a clear-eyed and deeply reported look at one of the world's most dismal places.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer "The ring of authority as well as the suspense of a novel.'' Washington Times "Excellent new book is one of only a few that have made full use of the testimony of North Korean refugees and defectors. A delightful, easy-to-read work of literary nonfiction, it humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad that North Koreans are often compared to robots… The tale of the star-crossed lovers, Jun-sang and Mi-ran, is so charming as to have inspired reports that Hollywood might be interested." San Francisco Chronicle "In a stunning work of investigation, Barbara Demick removes North Korea's mask to reveal what lies beneath its media censorship and repressive dictatorship." Daily Beast "In spite of the strict restrictions on foreign press, awardwinning journalist Demick caught telling glimpses of just how surreal and mournful life is in North Korea… Strongly written and gracefully structured, Demick's potent blend of personal narratives and piercing journalism vividly and evocatively portrays courageous individuals and a tyrannized state." Booklist "A fascinating and deeply personal look at the lives of six defectors from the repressive totalitarian regime of the Republic of North Korea… As Demick weaves their stories together with the hidden history of the country's descent into chaos, she skillfully re-creates these captivating and moving personal journeys." Publishers Weekly "These are the stories you'll never hear from North Korea's state news agency." New York Post "At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology. Demick… takes us inside the minds of her subjects, rendering them as complex, often compelling characters not the brainwashed parodies we see marching in unison in TV reports." Philadelphia Inquirer "The last time I read a book with something truly harrowing or pitiful or sad on every page it was Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and those characters had the good fortune to not be real." St. Louis Magazine From the Hardcover edition., "The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Los Angeles Times correspondent Barbara Demick's Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea&.Elegantly structured and written, Nothing To Envy is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction." Slate "Excellent& lovely work of narrative nonfiction&.a book that offers extensive evidence of the author's deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details." New York Times "A deeply moving book." Wall Street Journal   "Superbly reported account of life in North Korea'' Bloomberg   "There's a simple way to determine how well a journalist has reported a story, internalized the details, seized control of the narrative and produced good work. When you read the result, you forget the journalist is there. Barbara Demick, the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau chief, has aced that test in "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea," a clear-eyed and deeply reported look at one of the world's most dismal places.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer   "The ring of authority as well as the suspense of a novel.'' Washington Times   "Excellent new book is one of only a few that have made full use of the testimony of North Korean refugees and defectors. A delightful, easy-to-read work of literary nonfiction, it humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad that North Koreans are often compared to robots& The tale of the star-crossed lovers, Jun-sang and Mi-ran, is so charming as to have inspired reports that Hollywood might be interested." San Francisco Chronicle   "In a stunning work of investigation, Barbara Demick removes North Korea's mask to reveal what lies beneath its media censorship and repressive dictatorship." Daily Beast   "In spite of the strict restrictions on foreign press, awardwinning journalist Demick caught telling glimpses of just how surreal and mournful life is in North Korea& Strongly written and gracefully structured, Demick's potent blend of personal narratives and piercing journalism vividly and evocatively portrays courageous individuals and a tyrannized state." Booklist   "A fascinating and deeply personal look at the lives of six defectors from the repressive totalitarian regime of the Republic of North Korea& As Demick weaves their stories together with the hidden history of the country's descent into chaos, she skillfully re-creates these captivating and moving personal journeys." Publishers Weekly   "These are the stories you'll never hear from North Korea's state news agency." New York Post   "At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology. Demick& takes us inside the minds of her subjects, rendering them as complex, often compelling characters not the brainwashed parodies we see marching in unison in TV reports." Philadelphia Inquirer   "The last time I read a book with something truly harrowing or pitiful or sad on every page it was Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and those characters had the good fortune to not be real." St. Louis Magazine From the Hardcover edition.
Dewey Edition
22
Dewey Decimal
306.095193/090511
Synopsis
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea--a closed world of increasing global importance--hailed as a "tour de force of meticulous reporting" ( The New York Review of Books ) FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD - FINALIST FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD WINNER OF WINNERS AWARD In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years--a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime today--an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them. Praise for Nothing to Envy "Provocative . . . offers extensive evidence of the author's deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details." -- The New York Times "Deeply moving . . . The personal stories are related with novelistic detail." -- The Wall Street Journal "A tour de force of meticulous reporting." -- The New York Review of Books "Excellent . . . humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad." -- San Francisco Chronicle "The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Nothing to Envy. . . . Elegantly structured and written, [it] is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction." --John Delury, Slate "At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer, NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea--a closed world of increasing global importance--hailed as a "tour de force of meticulous reporting" ( The New York Review of Books ) FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD * FINALIST FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD WINNER OF WINNERS AWARD In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years--a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime today--an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them. Praise for Nothing to Envy "Provocative . . . offers extensive evidence of the author's deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details." -- The New York Times "Deeply moving . . . The personal stories are related with novelistic detail." -- The Wall Street Journal "A tour de force of meticulous reporting." -- The New York Review of Books "Excellent . . . humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad." -- San Francisco Chronicle "The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Nothing to Envy. . . . Elegantly structured and written, [it] is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction." --John Delury, Slate "At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer, An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea--a closed world of increasing global importance--hailed as a "tour de force of meticulous reporting" ( The New York Review of Books ) NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years--a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime today--an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them. Praise for Nothing to Envy "Provocative . . . offers extensive evidence of the author's deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details." -- The New York Times "Deeply moving . . . The personal stories are related with novelistic detail." -- The Wall Street Journal "A tour de force of meticulous reporting." -- The New York Review of Books "Excellent . . . humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad." -- San Francisco Chronicle "The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Nothing to Envy. . . . Elegantly structured and written, it] is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction." --John Delury, Slate "At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
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2010
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  • Nothing to Envy-Must Read

    Book was in good condition. Excellent book that takes you into the lives of North Koreans and the suffering they continuously endure.

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  • 'Nothing to envy' in North Korea sums up the last 35 years of a dynasty.

    A page turner.

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  • This was a very interesting and informative read!

    What an amazing writer! Barbara Demick makes you feel like you lived it!!

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    Very informative. I have shared this book with several people and recommended it to many others.

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  • Heavy-heavy read.

    A heart breaking story of the brutality heaped upon generations of people in North Korea. You have to read it to believe it.

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