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The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson

I’ve always been “fascinated” by North Korea. That’s a bad word to use, because what’s there to be fascinated about an oppressed country? (The fact that North Koreans appear to be so brainwashed into believing they’re living ideal lives, or that they’re so fearful of being reported that they’ll continue acting a certain way and fulfill their patriotic duties by reporting those acting against the great country? 328 more words


“Feel her sadness at having to return to a land where doctors chase pregnant women with ultrasounds. Sense her outrage at being sent back to a crime-laden land of materialism and exclusion, where huge populations languish in jail, sprawl urine-soaked in the streets, or babble incoherently about God on the sweatpants-polished pews of megachurches.”

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LSJ boys tennis dream team


Boys tennis player of the year: Heeder

Boys tennis player of the year: Heeder

Matt Heeder (Lansing Catholic sr.) …26-1, CAAC White champion, Division 4 regional champion, state runner-up… 1,434 more words


North Korea: The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson

Where we are from says one character stories are factual. If a farmer is declared a music virtuoso by the state, everyone had better start calling him maestro. 843 more words


Globetrotting without getting out of bed - Tanya Vavilova

Books have the power to thrill, enchant and delight. They take us to far-flung places, spark our imagination and give us VIP access to people and places denied us in real life. 421 more words

"The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson

What’s it about?

Heartbreaking, beautifully crafted and surprisingly funny, this novel tells the story of everyman Pak Jun Do’s life in North Korea. Split into two parts, the first section focuses on Jun Do’s formative years and is an adventure through the underclass of North Korea. 432 more words


Between the Lines Book Club: Adam Johnson Round-Up

Thanks for following along with Between the Lines Book Club, as we’ve studied The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.  If you are in the Sacramento area, please join us at Arden Dimick Library, at 891 Watt Avenue in Sacramento, CA.   129 more words

Between The Lines Book Club