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"Vital to our understanding of life in North Korea." -- Washington Post "Powerful . . . Doesn't hold anything back." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy's normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China. Alone on the streets, Joseph learned to beg and steal until finally, in desperation, he too crossed a frozen river to escape to China. A kindly Christian woman took him in and kept him hidden from the authorities. And through an underground network of activists, he was spirited to the American consulate, becoming one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the United States as refugees. Joseph knew no English and had never been a good student. Yet the kindness of his foster family changed his life. He became a dedicated student, mastered English, and made it to college, where he is now thriving thanks to his faith and inner strength. Under the Same Sky is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption. "A remarkable tale . . . Vividly describes what Joseph Kim and millions of other North Koreans endured." -- Christian Science Monitor "A courageous and inspiring memoir." -- Kirkus Reviews JOSEPH KIM was born in North Korea in 1990. In 2007 he came to the United States, where he completed high school. He is currently a college student in New York City. STEPHAN TALTY is the coauthor of several works of narrative nonfiction, including Captain Phillips. Author photograph (c) Martin Bentsen
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"[A] page-turner--fast-paced, suspenseful and novelistic. . . Searing." --Wall Street Journal "Vital to our understanding of life in North Korea."--Washington Post "There's something riveting about his honesty; he portrays the bleak conditions, dwindling resources, eternal uncertainty, and loss of dignity with an unashamed matter-of-factness almost at odds with the desperate circumstances...Kim's tale is a vital insight into a little-understood country and a modern day tragedy." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "This short, brutish book--with chapter-ending cliffhangers presaging the next hard twist--will enlighten readers as to the devastating hardships facing those living in North Korea during the 'great famine.'" --Booklist "Told with poise and dignity, Kim's story...provides vivid documentation of a remarkable life. It also offers an important account of atrocities committed within North Korea that have been hidden from the West--and indeed, most of the rest of the world. A courageous and inspiring memoir."--Kirkus Reviews "[A] page-turner fast-paced, suspenseful and novelistic. . .Searing." Wall Street Journal Vital to our understanding of life in North Korea. Washington Post "There's something riveting about his honesty; he portrays the bleak conditions, dwindling resources, eternal uncertainty, and loss of dignity with an unashamed matter-of-factness almost at odds with the desperate circumstances...Kim's tale is a vital insight into a little-understood country and a modern day tragedy." Publishers Weekly, starred review"This short, brutish book with chapter-ending cliffhangers presaging the next hard twist will enlighten readers as to the devastating hardships facing those living in North Korea during the 'great famine.' Booklist Told with poise and dignity, Kim s story provides vivid documentation of a remarkable life. It also offers an important account of atrocities committed within North Korea that have been hidden from the West and indeed, most of the rest of the world. A courageous and inspiring memoir. Kirkus Reviews" Told with poise and dignity, Kim s story, coauthored by Talty ("Hangman," 2014, etc.), provides vivid documentation of a remarkable life. It also offers an important account of atrocities committed within North Korea that have been hidden from the West and indeed, most of the rest of the world. A courageous and inspiring memoir. "Kirkus""Reviews" This short, brutish book with chapter-ending cliffhangers presaging the next hard twist will enlighten readers as to the devastating hardships facing those living in North Korea during the great famine. "Booklist"" "Told with poise and dignity, Kim's story, co-authored by Talty ("Hangman," 2014, etc.), provides vivid documentation of a remarkable life. It also offers an important account of atrocities committed within North Korea that have been hidden from the West and indeed, most of the rest of the world. A courageous and inspiring memoir."--"Kirkus " "This short, brutish book with chapter-ending cliffhangers presaging the next hard twist will enlighten readers as to the devastating hardships facing those living in North Korea during the 'great famine.'"--"Booklist""

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