I just finished The Orphan Master’s Son. It’s a novel of exceptional life in N Korea. I’ve read a bunch of books this year, and I was floored by how good this one is.
Also, I’ve pulled my daughter out of public school and need recommendations on good historical fiction that is not quite as intimidating as Michener and Follett to substitute standard education. We are doing a chronological world history, so readable recommendations on Mesopotamia and Egypt are timely right now.