Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America

Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America


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Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America by Joseph Kim

A searing story of starvation and survival in North Korea, followed by a dramatic escape, rescue by activists and Christian missionaries, and success in the United States thanks to newfound faith and courage

Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy’s normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China. Alone on the streets, Joseph learned to beg and steal. He had nothing but a street-hardened survival instinct. Finally, in desperation, he too crossed a frozen river to escape to China.

There a kindly Christian woman took him in, kept him hidden from the authorities, and gave him hope. Soon, through an underground network of activists, he was spirited to the American consulate, and became one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the U.S. as refugees. Joseph knew no English and had never been a good student. Yet the kindness of his foster family changed his life.  He turned a new leaf, became a dedicated student, mastered English, and made it to college, where he is now thriving thanks to his faith and inner strength. Under the Same Sky is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544705272
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 279,429
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

JOSEPH KIM was born in North Korean in 1990. In 2007 he came to the United States, where he completed high school and went to college in New York City.

STEPHAN TALTY is the award-winning author of Agent Garbo, Empire of Blue Water, and other best-selling works of narrative nonfiction. His books have been made into two films, the Oscar-winning Captain Phillips and Granite Mountain. He is also the author of two psychological thrillers, including the New York Times bestseller Black Irish, set in his hometown of Buffalo. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, and many other publications. Talty now lives outside New York City with his family.

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Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bravo for letting the world see life in this closed society. All it's brutally and failed social policy that imprisons and starves citizens both children and adults alike. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an Amazing story of what life was like growing up in North Korea for Joseph Kim. This book makes me feel very grateful to have been born in the USA. It makes me hurt for the North Korean people. To anyone feeling bad about their life in America, read this book! I Guarantee it will leave you feeling truly blessed to be in this country. Joseph Kim's story will stay with me for a long time, and I wish him much happiness and good health for the rest of his life. God Bless Him!
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