Although this memoir was heart wrenchingly sad in parts, there were as many beautiful day to day moments included that made it very enjoyable at the same time. I was so impressed with the author’s ability to show humor and gratitude for life while going through treatment for terminal cancer. For me it was a thought provoking book that helped me gain even more appreciation for the importance of family, friends and ordinary moments.
I have hunted for a long time for a recipe that does justice to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Illinois. The Grilled Pork Banh Mi (page 92) and Carrot and Daikon Pickles (page 91) recipes have come the closest! Plus, they are fairly easy and quick. As our tradition, before dinner, you must have a Vietnamese Coffee (page 176).
A true, sad, unbelieveable story of a young girl's experience defecting from North Korea. She left her family not comprehending the risks. Often I found myself second-guessing her and wondering "how can this really be true?" I'm recommending this book because it opened my eyes to the horrors of dictatorship.
When I 'found' this new author from Iceland, I was very excited to find another woman author in the horror genre. This is a scary, moody ghost story. It won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key Award.