• The cover of the book Everything Belongs to Us

    Everything Belongs to Us

    At Seoul National University in 1978, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun is the daughter of a powerful business mogul; Namin was raised in poverty. Each woman must find her way through the tangle of social change in a country gripped by protest and turmoil.

     
  • The cover of the book Braving the Wilderness

    Braving the Wilderness

    For any woman forging her own path, Brené Brown is your sherpa: “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

     
  • The cover of the book The Vegetarian

    The Vegetarian

    In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to become a vegetarian is a shocking act of subversion that unhinges her family. The violent and graphic nightmare that triggers her obsession sets the stage for a horrifying Kafka-esque descent into madness.

     
  • The cover of the book Going Solo

    Going Solo

    People who live alone make up 28 percent of all U.S. households, which makes them more common than any other domestic unit, including the nuclear family. In Going Solo, sociologist Eric Klinenberg explores the rise of solo living, and examines the impact it’s having on culture, business, and politics.

     
  • The cover of the book White Chrysanthemum

    White Chrysanthemum

    In 1943, a Korean woman saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier but is herself captured and forced into a military brothel. More than 60 years later in South Korea, Emi is still trying to forget the sacrifice her sister made, but she must confront the past to discover peace.

     
  • The cover of the book The Orphan Master's Son

    The Orphan Master's Son

    Pak Jun Do is haunted by the loss of his mother, a singer stolen to Pyongyang. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the rules, violence, and demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive.

     
  • The cover of the book Without You, There Is No Us

    Without You, There Is No Us

    In 2011, Korean-born journalist Suki Kim taught English to the sons of North Korea’s ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign. In this haunting memoir, she describes the chilling experience working with children who are equal parts naive and duplicitous, curious and obedient to the regime.

     
  • The cover of the book Alone Time

    Alone Time

    The latest buzzword bandied about this summer is overtourism, the effects of which are crushing the Louvre, destroying Machu Picchu, and killing climbers on Everest. New York Times travel columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom argues for a more mindful approach to travel, encouraging readers to unplug, slow down, and relish the solitude of traveling alone.