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A Kim Jong-Il Production

By Paul Fischer
The true story of how the world’s most notorious dictator kidnapped a South Korean film couple to enlist them in making propaganda films. A thriller that offers a fascinating glimpse into a closed, secretive society.

It’s What I Do

By Lynsey Addario
Photojournalist Lynsey Addario recounts her experiences on the front lines of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Darfur, as well as her ongoing struggle to balance career and family. It’s also a gripping account of a woman in a male-dominated profession.

There’s Something I Want You to Do

By Charles Baxter
Characters show up in multiple stories of this collection, arranged in two sections—one devoted to virtues and the other to vices. Settings vary from Tuscany to Ethiopia, with Minneapolis a central thread in all of them. 

Irritable Hearts

By Mac McClelland
When journalist Mac McClelland returned to California after reporting on the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she began exploring how PTSD works by spending time with veterans. An insightful, deeply personal memoir about trauma and its impact on the heart and mind.

A Spool of Blue Thread

By Anne Tyler
This novel focuses on three generations of the Whitshank family, beginning in the present day as four siblings consider how to care for their aging parents. Tyler portrays family dynamics with a mix of humor and compassion. 

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