Monday, August 30, 2010

Mailbox Monday August 30

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This month's hostess is Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit. Thank you Shanyn for hosting. Be sure to check out her blog. She has been a wonderful hostess! Thank you Shanyn!

I got one book this week. I need to do serious catching up on my reading so it's all good. I have been kind of lazy the last few weeks as far as my reading goes. We have been enjoying the last of our summer vacation. School starts this week so we are getting back to our routines. Where did summer go?

I was very interested in this story when it was happening so I am anxious to read both this book and the book that the Ling sisters wrote, Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home. I'm hoping the library has the other book.

The World is Bigger Now by Euna Lee

Synopsis from Barnes and Noble

For the first time, Euna Lee—the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea—tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world.

On March 17, 2009, Lee and her Current TV colleague Laura Ling were working on a documentary about the desperate lives of North Koreans fleeing their homeland for a chance at freedom when they were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers. For nearly five months they remained detained while friends and family in the United States were given little information about their status or conditions. For Lee, detention would prove especially harrowing. Imprisoned just TK miles from where she was born and where her parents still live in Seoul, South Korea, she was branded as a betrayer of her Korean blood by her North Korean captors. After representing herself in her trial before North Korea’s highest court, she received a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in the country’s notorious prison camps, leading her to fear she might not ever see her husband and daughter again.

The World Is Bigger Now draws us deep into Euna Lee’s life before and after this experience: what led to her arrival in North Korea, her efforts to survive the agonizing months of detainment, and how she and her fellow captive, Ling, were finally released thanks to the efforts of many individuals, including Bill Clinton. Lee explains in unforgettable detail what it was like to lose, and then miraculously regain, life as she knew it.

The World Is Bigger Now is the story of faith and love and Euna Lee’s personal conviction that God will sustain and protect us, even in our darkest hours.

I received this book for my honest review from Broadway Books.

What great books made their way into your home?


  1. Oh, this book sounds heart wrenching and unforgettable.

    My kids just started school today, and I look forward to getting back to routine, too. We had a great summer, and I am always sad when it comes to an end.

  2. That book looks so good - I'm anxious to read it. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. I read the Stranger Inside - Laura Ling's account and I really liked it. I would be interested in hearing Euna Lee's side of the story. Enjoy!

  4. I'd heard about this book a little while ago. I'm glad I've seen it again now - it's reminded me to put it on my TBR list. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Wow - I haven't heard of this one before. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it!

  6. This one should make for an interesting story. I remember when that all happened.

  7. I'm sure this is a good book. Remember how difficult this was, just watching Lisa Ling talk about it?

  8. Oh yeah, this does look like a great book. Her story was heartbreaking. I can't imagine being seperated from my kids for that long.

  9. I didn't follow this story too closely, but the book sounds very interesting. Looking forward to your thoughts.

  10. Just back from holidays and catching up now.

    I remember hearing about this on the news and praying that she would get out safely.

    What a moving picture on the cover too. I look forward to reading your review. What a great book for your Mailbox.


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