In Order to Live
By Yeonmi Park & Maryanne Vollers
- Release Date: 2015-09-29
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
In Order to Live Yeonmi Park & Maryanne Vollers Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
“I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.” - Yeonmi Park
"One of the most harrowing stories I have ever heard - and one of the most inspiring." - The Bookseller
“Park's remarkable and inspiring story shines a light on a country whose inhabitants live in misery beyond comprehension. Park's important memoir showcases the strength of the human spirit and one young woman's incredible determination to never be hungry again.” —Publishers Weekly
In In Order to Live, Yeonmi Park shines a light not just into the darkest corners of life in North Korea, describing the deprivation and deception she endured and which millions of North Korean people continue to endure to this day, but also onto her own most painful and difficult memories. She tells with bravery and dignity for the first time 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 confronts her past with a startling resilience. In spite of everything, she has never stopped being proud of where she is from, and never stopped striving for a better life. Indeed, today she is a human rights activist working determinedly to bring attention to the oppression taking place in her home country. Park’s testimony is heartbreaking and unimaginable, but never without hope. This is the human spirit at its most indomitable.
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By Helen Gould
Couldn’t put it down! Amazing story told very well.
Amazing Korean Woman
What a dark and bright story. Read the book.
Exposé and memoir - wonderfully written
Excellent, detailed story that exposes the brutal, corrupt North Korean regime and demonstrates the human capacity for survival. A must read.
Essential Reading for All who Love Justice
So informative and impactful. Teachers, parents, professors and all Americans (and even anti -Americans) deserve to know the truth about human trafficking and other atrocities in China, N. Korea and other inhumane totalitarian states.
Couldn’t put it down! Captivating and puts life in perspective. Hard to believe what some people go through.
By Hanna K. Russell
I decided to read this book because I watched an interview video featuring Yeonmi Park. I was amazed by the pieces of her story in the film, so I decided I would read her autobiography. This book has changed my view of North Korea; I went from knowing almost nothing about it to having a much deeper understanding of what it is like there. It also broadened my view of China and South Korea, though less dramatically. I was in awe throughout the novel because of Yeonmi’s story, the terrible things that she overcame, and her passion for helping others despite what it may cost her. Her story is very inspiring, and I truly think that it is something everyone should read.
By DeDe Sattler
This story is humbling, shocking and terrifying. Everyone should read this story and be aware of what life is like in North Korea.
I couldn’t put it down
So well written and easy to understand, I read it and knew that I was blessed to be me and that I have untapped resources to help others. I am in awe that I’m witnessing a human rights activist on her journey to help humans on a grand scale. Gotta shout out to Joe Rogan for shouting out Yeonmi Park!
An extraordinary memoir of survival over brutal conditions over which she had no control. She wouldn’t succumb in the face of grave danger and that’s what this story is really about. I highly recommend this book to freedom loving people and to those with “first world problems”who have no idea that conditions like this still exist in the 21st century.
By Robert R. Weidman
This is such a heartbreaking story with many blessings throughout. She is an extraordinary person. I highly recommend it.
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