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In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park's family was loving and close-knit, but life in North Korea was brutal, practically medieval. Park would regularly go without food and was made to believe that, Kim Jong Il, the country's dictator, could read her mind. After her father was imprisoned and tortured by the regime for trading on the black-market, a risk he took in order to provide for his wife and two young daughters, Yeonmi and her family were branded as criminals and forced to the cruel margins of North Korean society. With thirteen-year-old Park suffering from a botched appendectomy and weighing a mere sixty pounds, she and her mother were smuggled across the border into China.

For the first time, Park tells the story of how she and her mother were betrayed and sold into sexual slavery in China, and forced to suffer terrible psychological and physical hardship, before they finally made their way to Seoul, South Korea — and to freedom.

Park's testimony is rare, edifying, and terribly important, and the story she tells in In Order to Live is heartbreaking and unimaginable, but never without hope. Her voice is riveting and dignified. This is the human spirit at its most indomitable.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Yeonmi Park, Maryanne Vollers
ISBN 014310974X
Publication Date Sep 29, 2015
Publisher Penguin Press
Language English