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    Exploring a New Age of Disaster Tourism

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    September 6, 2020
    The rules at Jungle are simple: Once you begin a trip, you cannot cancel, and you cannot leave. Yona Ko, an employee of the company—which offers “disaster tourism” to thrill seekers looking to visit locations laid waste by catastrophe—figures this out the hard way. She attempts to return home to...
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    Fancy a Trip through (Other People’s) Misery Yun Ko-Eun’s “The Disaster Tourist” Has You Covered

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    August 25, 2020
    This is the third installment in WWB's new series Close-Up: An Experiment in Reviewing Translation , in which Lily Meyer and Mona Kareem review translated books with a focus on the translation itself. Read more about the series in this interview with Meyer and Kareem, or have a look at the previous...
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    The Big Indie Books of Fall 2020

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    August 28, 2020
    The Covid-19 pandemic has in no way diminished the strength of the upcoming season’s books from small presses and university presses. PW ’s reviews editors and bookseller recommendations have helped us cull a list of 20 not-to-be-missed indie releases that have either just been published or are due...
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    Earth Matters: 7 Books By Women, About the Environment

    September 2, 2020
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    The Best Books Of 2020, So Far

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    August 28, 2020
    If there's one thing 2020 has taught us, it's that there is no true escape from the many horrors of our shared reality, but also: a good book sure is a nice distraction.
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    Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

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    August 17, 2020
    Welcome to this week’s blogpost. Here’s our roundup of your comments and photos from the last week. Let’s start with the mighty Beryl Bainbridge. booklooker has been enjoying The Bottle Factory Outing:
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    OUR READING LIST

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    August 15, 2020
    After being sexually assaulted by her colleague, Yona Ko wants to leave Jungle, the travel agency where they both work. But when she tries to resign, she’s presented with an intriguing offer: a paid trip to one of Jungle’s destinations.
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    This Is What Happens When Society ‘Has to Function’

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    August 13, 2020
    W hen the stay-at-home orders were issued in the first weeks of the pandemic, a new term quickly spread across the United States: Suddenly, some of the most precarious people in the country were called “essential workers.” This didn’t just mean the doctors and nurses who braced for a deluge of...
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    The Expectations That Travelers Carried: The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun (trans. Lizzie Buehler)

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    August 13, 2020
    The Disaster Tourist is a trim near-future speculative novel from Yun Ko-eun, the first of her novels to be translated and published in English. Ko Yona, our protagonist, has been an employee of the travel company Jungle for around ten years; Jungle creates “ethical” vacation packages to locations...

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