Suki Kim: Without You, There Is No Us

I received Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim in the last quarter of 2015.  Maybe my expectations were a bit too high, but I was seriously disappointed by the dryness of the writing.  Here was a memoir written by someone who served as a teacher in a country in which we know very little – North Korea.  I guess I’m not really sure what I expected, but I wanted more…or at least enough to finish the book the first time through.  I have gotten about halfway through, put it down for the holidays and haven’t had any desire to pick it again to finish.

To be fair, Kim’s writing is not the problem. She’s a good writer/author, truly. No matter how much I tried, the topic bored me. And in fairness, the challenge may just be where I’m at in my own reading world.  I would give this book three stars with the caveat that in a few months, I may have picked up the book again and read it with much different results.

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