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    The Price of Sacrifice: Women and Their Evolving Enemies by Kim Soom

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 27 2014

    What is the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word mother? Unconditional love, sacrifice, and maternal instinct are some of the words we are conditioned to automatically think of. Kim Soom’s Women and Their Evolving Enemies takes a bold look at the inherent cruelty behind this...

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    Ways To Love This World: Moonlight Tales by Shin Kyung-sook

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 27 2014

    What do we associate with fiction? To some, it is a somber story; to others, it could be a moving tearjerker. It could also be a remarkable tale of great people, or everyday stories about ordinary folks. Although we each have differing ideas of what a novel is, it would not be farfetched to...

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    Six Degrees of Separation: Whoever You Are, However Lonely You Are by Kim Yeonsu

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 20 2014

    When intellectual sparring leads to a dead end, two university co-eds discover their connection through personal stories. What begins as a simple storytelling game leads to romance and the realization that what moves an individual touches the entire nation.

     

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    Chick Lit, Korean Style: Style by Baek Young Ok

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 20 2014

    “Sex and the City,” a popular television series, has captivated women across the world. The hugely successful series has demonstrated how up-and-coming single women in a big city explore their true identity – through sex and shopping. Something more than a simple adoration of Carrie and...

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    Jacks of All Trades and Masters of None: Quiz Show by Kim Young-ha

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 20 2014

    An online game show becomes more than a mere way to pass time for a group of cyber-savvy 20- somethings. The stakes become a matter of life and death for its disaffected protagonist.

     

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    An Ordinarily Extraordinary Life: My Sweet Seoul by Jeong Yi Hyun

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 20 2014

    The life of a 30-something single career woman seems “ordinary” in every sense of the word, yet integrating love and money brings exceptional challenges.

     

    Source: http://list.or.kr/node/587

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    Brave New Family: My Happy House by Gong Ji-Young

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 20 2014

    The surging divorce rate and disintegration of the traditional family is no longer an abnormality. The collapse of family, however, is turning out new breeds of family structures. Alternative forms, including remarriage by divorced parents, multicultural families, and oneperson families, are on...

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    History Personalized: Lee Jin by Shin Kyung-sook

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 20 2014

    Severe poverty and ‘barbaric’ customs plagued the late Joseon period when the nation was forced to open up to foreign forces. Shortly after Joseon pulled itself out of the grip of the Q’ing Dynasty, it had to grapple with imperial powers seeking to dominate the Korean peninsula. Unprecedented...

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    The Skeptic’s Guide to Life: Beauty Despises Me by Eun Heekyung

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 20 2014

    Key pillars that bolster Eun Heekyung’s novels are cynicism and half-hearted maliciousness. Her books are perhaps the most cynical among the Korean novels written in the 1990s. For Eun, all ideologies seem suspicious. The Gift of the Bird, for instance, is a chronicle of a 12-year-old girl who...

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    A Room with No Home: A Pool of Saliva by Kim Ae-ran

    Republic of Korea
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    OCT 20 2014

    The generation in their twenties is the most overlooked generation in Korea in the 21st century. Not long ago, they were featured as central characters in television dramas and movies. Marketers also focused on their influence as trendsetters. Many of them, however, are now trapped in a cycle...

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