My Holiday in North Korea

My Holiday in North Korea

The Funniest/worst Place on Earth

Paperback - 2016
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"Through poignant, laugh-out-loud essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, [the author] chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself."--
Most people want out of North Korea. Simmons wanted in-- and she forgot to check her sense of humor at the border. But "tourism" in North Korea means you will be presented with the singular vision of the country the administration wants you to see-- and nothing more. Her initial amusement and bewilderment soon turned to frustration and growing paranoia. Here she chronicles the strangest vacation she ever took, accompanied by two female handlers who monitor her every step-- and guard their every word.
Published: [New York, New York] :, RosettaBooks,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780795347047
Branch Call Number: 951.9305 SIM
Characteristics: 311 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 cm


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EKGO Mar 02, 2017

The author offers commentary on her 10-day trip to North Korea. Each chapter reads like a blog post rather than travelogue. The writing is a little tongue-in-cheek and a lot pompous which makes the author seem arrogant and self-aggrandizing.
That said, there are some interesting stories and the photos are wonderful. If you can get past the writer's tone of voice, sarcasm, and ego, it's worth the read.

Feb 23, 2017

I appreciate this book for its honesty. However it was very dis-honoring and condescending with assumption of superiority of western democracies.

Feb 13, 2017

This book describes the author's trip to North Korea. Very interesting but also sad. I knew North Korea was repressive, but I had no idea to what extent the government is involved in every facet of everyone's lives and even thoughts and how brainwashed everyone is. Anyone who thinks "Safe Spaces" are a good thing and who thinks that the freedoms of speech, religion and the press are not that important should read this book!

Dec 22, 2016

Read this page turner in less than a day. Awesome, tragically sad. Worthwhile for everyone to read.

krystinathealien Dec 18, 2016

This book was extremely interested. The cover caught my eye, and, well, I love to travel, so why not read about someone traveling to the very isolated North Korea? If you enjoy traveling, pseudo-biographical books, or North Korea, you should read this.

Jul 28, 2016

This is a funny/sad and entertaining look into modern day North Korea. The author's account takes place during Sony Pictures release of "The Interview" so her account is very recent. Her narrative is interspersed with quotes from Lewis Carroll which illustrating an amazing parallel. Her own photographs add depth to her account. This would be a quick and interesting read for not only people interested in North Korea, but anyone interested in travel. I highly recommend this book!

Jun 15, 2016

This book is an incredible look into actual life in North Korea. Before I read it, I knew that living in North Korea could be quite difficult but this book really opened up my eyes. I found it a fascinating, hilarious, and sad book all at the same time.


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