Tuesday, May 3, 2011

30 Days of Books: Favorite book of 2010

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy is the story of North Koreans living under Kim Jong Il's repressive regime. It was so eye opening and fascinating (in a horrible sort of way.)

A couple weeks ago in class, we were talking about social security and one of my students asked if anyone had read The Giver and seen the retirement plan in it. Another student immediately brought up 1984. I stopped what we were doing (talking about Congress) and showed this documentary on North Korea. I've had a couple students tell me it was the most interesting part of the class.

The video is streaming on netflix--watch it and read Nothing to Envy.

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