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A Thousand Miles to Freedom
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea | Eunsun Kim, Sbastien Falletti
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Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated. By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot. Now, in A Thousand Miles to Freedom, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting expos of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. Even though I‘ve read other books of the same ilk, I had not yet read one written by a woman.

I was surprised by the people who were kind to Eusun + fam, but even more surprising were the people who didn‘t offer aid.

If you have an interest in North Korea or human trafficking, this is an interesting memoir. 4⭐️

The #audiobook narration is fine, but not spectacular.

Beatlefan129 I also enjoyed this one: 8mo
Megabooks @Beatlefan129 Thanks! I think I may have that on #audible. My audiobook mount TBR is like most people‘s print TBR! Lolololol 😁 8mo
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Megabooks
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What should I read next? I‘m leaning towards A Thousand Miles to Freedom, but I could be persuaded otherwise. 🤔

SW-T I‘ve heard good things about A Thousand Miles to Freedom. Sounds like a plan 😊 8mo
Megabooks @SW-T Yeah I think I‘m going to go with my gut (and a great narrator 😉). 8mo
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LibrarianJen
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This was really good but it was easy to put down and forget about. I‘ve been slowly reading it since November and it‘s only 228 pages.

However, It‘s a great look into the struggles of the people in North Korea and how hard and dangerous to escape the country.

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LibrarianJen
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It‘s spring break! My goals are to finish the multitude of books I‘m reading, and potty train Charlotte. I would love to get some writing time in but I doubt the goobers will let me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good luck with the potty training!!! 🤗 9mo
Annl Enjoy! My break is the last week of March! 9mo
BookHoarder32 Ooo The Mime Order 🦋 9mo
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Tamra Enjoy! 9mo
LokiDokey Nice. Dev's spring break isn't until the first week of April. Enjoy your time off 😀😀😀 9mo
LibrarianJen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve already given up! She‘s great at 1, but not 2 and she went through all her pants writhing 2 hours yesterday because I think she has a stomach bug. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 9mo
LibrarianJen @Annl @LokiDokey ours is early this year! I think it has something to do with all the testing though. When they come back they have the SBA and then the not PARCC-PARCC test (NM is doing away with it after this year) and then EoC‘s then finals. I hate this time of year. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww bless her heart and yours!!! 💗💗 9mo
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LibrarianJen
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Oh my gosh, I love kimchi so much! My co-teacher is Korean and her mom makes real kimchi. She even buries the jars in the ground for like 3 months. It‘s so good and it really is addicting. 😋

Merethebookgal Yesss! I love kimchi, too! 😋 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I haven‘t gotten to the addicted part of kimchi yet. 9mo
QueenAnne Hmmm yes I like Kimchi too 😍I‘m almost certain one of my cousins is addicted to it 😆 9mo
Aloisi_tribe My family and I were stationed in Seoul for 2 1/2 years. We got to try all different kinds of kimchi. My favorite was the white radish kimchi but it is very hard to find it here in the states. You‘re lucky to know someone who can make their own. 😍 9mo
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BookishRedhead
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Pickpick

Another touching story from North Korea. This girl is so brave.

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BookishRedhead
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New bookmark

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BookishRedhead
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Only 3 chapters into her story and I already love her.

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BookishRedhead
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Time to meet Eunsun Kim

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BookishRedhead
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New edition to my North Korea collection.

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LeahBergen
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Up next (and # 13 from my #MountTBR).

rabbitprincess I have that teapot too! Or a very similar one 😄 3y
Eridau Ooh that looks interesting. 3y
Melissa_J I may have to read this one. Have you read Escape From Camp 14? 3y
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RadicalReader @LeahBergen how do you like your tea? 3y
Oftencantdecide I also have that same teapot! 😊 3y
saresmoore This sounds brutal, but so intriguing. After reading Pachinko, my interest in Korea has been renewed. 3y
Chachic I have a similar teapot! #bookandtea shots are always fun.😁 3y
LeahBergen @rabbitprincess @Oftencantdecide @Chachic We have good taste in teapots! 😂 It's a handy size, isn't it? 3y
LeahBergen @Melissa_J I haven't but I've been eyeing it! I have another similar one on my shelf that you may have read, too? 3y
LeahBergen @Eridau It's starting out really well. 👍🏼 3y
LeahBergen @RadicalReader Thank you, it's wonderful. This one is an oolong. 😀 3y
LeahBergen @saresmoore I'm looking forward to Pachinko! 👍🏼 3y
Chachic I actually received it as a gift but yes, it's a good size! 3y
rabbitprincess @LeahBergen Yes, it's very handy! 3y
MrBook This, this is lovely. 3y
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ClairesReads
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Mehso-so

Although this memoir is an interesting story- and the author is undoubtably very resilient and brave this failed to fire for me. A bit too brief and superficial- it paled in comparison to similar memoirs I have read this year.

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TheBookAddict
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Compelling memoir about a young North Korean woman's long and trying journey to freedom. This woman's story was not lost in translation, like many do. It did have very few things that were a bit repetitive, but nothing too bad. Definitely a must read. The audiobook was great, very nicely narrated.

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TheBookAddict
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Starting a compelling nonfiction piece that describes this woman's journey to freedom and survival from North Korea. Another audiobook that I got as a Daily Deal on Audible.

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