Friend, by Nam-Nyong Paek

Staff Pick

Set in 1980s North Korea, what seems like a prosaic story about marriage and family offers a compelling look into a culture that outsiders rarely see. The novel unfolds during a transitional period that sought to highlight the lives and achievements of ordinary citizens while also promoting self-improvement so that people could better serve the party. It is against this background that we are drawn into the lives of a divorcing couple who cannot settle their perceptions of their roles in society. The judge responsible for their divorce takes it upon himself to investigate whether their marriage indeed must be dissolved, and what follows is a thorough examination of the intricacies of relationships within North Korean society and how these relationships affect how one contributes to the party. 

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By Nam-Nyong Paek, Immanuel Kim (Translator)
ISBN: 9780231195614
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Published: Columbia University Press - May 5th, 2020


How to Hide an Empire, by Daniel Immerwahr

Staff Pick

While the strength of the United States as a global force is not a secret, historian Daniel Immerwahr lays bare the breadth and width of America’s might in How to Hide an Empire. His work explores the often extractive relationships of the United States with countries like Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines and how each of these contributed to this country's economic and political growth. He also touches on the tension between America’s expansion and the necessity of maintaining its benevolent image. Tracing a line from America’s birth to the present, Immerwahr’s work is both entertaining and sobering as he brings to light a side of America that is not often covered in history class but most certainly should be.

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ISBN: 9781250251091
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Published: Picador - March 3rd, 2020

Remina, by Junji Ito

Staff Pick

    VIZ Media, horror master Junji Ito’s English language publisher, closes out a chaotic year with Remina, a space horror story about a planet with sinister designs on Earth. Dr. Oguro, the scientist who discovers the planet after it emerges from a wormhole, christens it “Remina,” after his own daughter. In typical Ito fashion, things rapidly descend from there as the planet changes course and makes a deadly path towards Earth. The intense events in the story are accompanied by Junji Ito’s signature grotesque art which heighten the horror and panic as the protagonists try to escape a planet intent on destruction and a mob of humans out for blood. As always, Junji Ito’s work is unsettling and haunting and leaves the reader sitting with the question of if the end is really The End.

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ISBN: 9781974717477
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 15th, 2020