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North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk.
In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence—he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.
The late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il was recognized throughout the world, but his country remains sealed as his third son and chosen heir, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates power. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans are able to leave. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear weapons. It is also a human rights catastrophe. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people work as slaves in its political prison camps. These camps are clearly visible in satellite photographs, yet North Korea’s government denies they exist.
Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14offers an unequalled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of--From publisher description.
High School Book Club will meet twice - Read the book and come talk about it with others who like to read (snack provided).
***Request your copy from the MORE system today and start reading! Ask us to do it if you prefer.
Middle School Book Club will meet twice - Read the book and come talk about it with others who like to read (snack provided).
****We'll request a copy and you pick it up. Copies of the first book are available as of June 1st.
During the school year the group meets less often as participants are busy with schoolwork, but meets occasionally as the group chooses. Meetings have been on the last Tuesday of each month at 3:45 for about 45 minutes, but day and time are up for negotiation. Or occasional meetings can happen just once or twice a year for busy students. B-W Bus #9 stops right at the library at 3:35 (remember a note that morning if you are changing buses). A snack is provided if groups meets during the schoolyear. Call the library if interested (715-684-3813) and we will get you a free copy of the next book (ask for Ivy or Amanda or Rebecca). No buying of a book is necessary. Come have fun and meet other people who like to read too!