I have an uncontrollable urge to visit places where I’m not supposed to go. Although North Korea didn’t make it onto my Top 5 travel bucket list, it’s definitely in my Top 10. Why? Because I read all about it in Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.
This book tracks the lives of six regular North Korean citizens over more than a decade as they navigate poverty and political insanity. It’s as nail-biting as the best thrillers out there, or perhaps even more so because you know that each and every story is totally true. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live under a totalitarian regime, Nothing to Envy is an absolute must-read.