This may come across the wrong way, but when I was 22, I was filling out mission papers and trying to decide what to do with my life. I had this overwhelming fear that I would get sent to Korea if I went. I also decided that I would be angry if I wasn't sent to a Spanish speaking country due to my family's background. So I moved to San Francisco and threw away the papers and never learned Korean or Spanish. The whole point of this tangent is to say that I used to be afraid of Asia in general and their food and this book only confirmed my fears. People. North Korea is scary and their food is non-existent. I couldn't put the book down. Being able to read about a country that is so closed from people who grew up there is pretty awesome. If you have any interest in North Korea, check out this book.
The week I finished the North Korea book, I was pretty sick and stayed home for 3 days from work. To pass the time I ended up watching the first two seasons of Sisterwives on TLC. Watching a family with a culture so similar to my own was very eerie and kind of freaked me out. Later in the week I had some friends over to watch a movie and I fessed up to watching this ridiculous polygamist show. Turns out my friends were fairly knowledgeable about the subject and thus we started an underground Polygamist Book Club. So I read 2 books on the subject: Stolen Innocence and Love Times Three. For almost a week straight I had dreams that I was a polygamist. Remember that time that I was a polygamist?
I am definitely ready for a break from stories involving people being trapped by a culture that involves abuse. Sheesh.
And in case you want to know more about either of these things, here are some videos that I have watched more than once now.
- Inside North Korea part 1, 2, and 3
- A guy who was born in a labor camp in North Korea
- Did you know that there is a polygamist sect in Bountiful, British Columbia?
- Some very attractive polygamists
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