I just finished a fascinating account of six North Koreans who defected to South Korea. The author provides great insight into the extremely isolated country, providing cultural, economic and political information while keeping a storytelling pace, following the lives, losses, and narrow escapes of six ordinary people. I have added Nothing to Envy to my ReallyGoodBooks list, category: nonfiction.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick
Summer Favorites, 2011
My linguistics professor once observed that the phrase "really good friend" has evolved into reallygoodfriend, a commonly-used word which indicates a better friend than just a "friend" or even a "good friend," yet not necessarily a "best friend."
In Language According to Amy, a reallygoodbook is similar to a reallygoodfriend. A reallygoodbook belongs in your innermost circle of library books; a book that changed your life, was with you during tough times, helped you gain understanding of yourself and others, provided your ideal escape, or was simply a literary delight.
I read roughly a dozen books this summer, three of which I have added to my inner sanctum of reallygoodbooks.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith