In his new book, Pope Francis backs the George Floyd protests and blasts COVID-19 skeptics. Mi-Ae Seo’s chilling homage to ‘Silence of the Lambs’ joins a burgeoning genre. Sign up for the Los Angeles Times Book Club. Read 4 649 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. They are largely historical but frequently incorporate mystery elements. Look for Jeong’s next thriller, “Seven Years of Darkness,” out from Penguin in June. I love Man Booker International Prize winner The Vegetarian by Han Kang and it’s a great place to start this list. Get the latest news, events and more from the Los Angeles Times Book Club, and help us get L.A. reading and talking. While Oghi watches, as helpless as the writer in Stephen King’s “Misery,” his mother-in-law digs increasingly larger holes in the garden. As coronavirus cases surge, L.A. officials consider new rules that would allow many businesses to remain open but with limited customer capacity. Karen Powell’s “The River Within” is far more than a “Downton Abbey"-derived Yorkshire mystery; it’s the anatomy of a caste system that’s never gone away. Together these narratives form a fictionalized account of the South Korean Gwangju Uprising in 1980. Decades after his famous dinner, the once-restless André Gregory writes of inner peace, The stage director and spiritual seeker of “My Dinner With Andre” ruminates on his life and old age in his first book, “This Is Not My Memoir.”, Review: Class struggle is murder in a lean, unsparing British debut mystery. In this intense, psychological thriller, Oghi has woken up in the hospital after a car accident that took his wife’s life and left him severely injured and incapacitated. As Reseng steps out of line, he comes to feel trapped between the teachings of his mentor and the corporate sensibilities of the new wave, embodied by Hanja, a former Old Raccoon acolyte with his own shop — “like any other boss of a security company.” Hanja has the hit men killing one another and Reseng on the run. His mother-in-law becomes his caretaker and moves him home, only to neglect him as she throws herself into digging a hole, a giant pit, in the front yard, where her daughter’s beloved garden once thrived. Horrific and brutal, Human Acts is not for the faint of heart but it is so beautifully written. The book will expose you to a slice of Korean vocabulary that’s central to everyday life. Nowhere to Be Found follows a nameless narrator’s search not for meaning, but for meaninglessness, in contemporary South Korea. Here the genius of the book becomes fully evident, as Hye-Young Pyun creates a fast-paced and all consuming story with a bedridden narrator. ‘We’ve always had to battle complacency’: Authors Ijeoma Oluo and Emmanuel Acho in conversation. New L.A. County ‘Safer at Home’ restrictions revealed as COVID-19 surge worsens. Researchers have created an interactive map that estimates the risk you’ll face in any county. Jan Morris perfectly captured the world — and Los Angeles too, Jan Morris, the writer and transgender pioneer who died Friday, should also be remembered for her perceptive 1976 essay “Los Angeles: The Know-How City.”, (Ecco / Arcade / Anchor / Penguin Books / Pegasus Books), Is it really necessary to shut down L.A. County? Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. Her novels have been bestsellers in South Korea; “The Good Son,” her first to be translated into English, has sold over a million copies. Born in a rural county in South Korea’s South Jeolla province, Jeong was a nurse … In the midst of this undercurrent of unrest, Jeong Yeoul is trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be—a thought provoking and powerful novel. In the midst of a student uprising, a young boy is killed. Sagwa captures all that’s complicated about adolescence in Mina but goes further, portraying a disaffected generation cracking under the pressures of perfection and the drive for success in a time that could only be our own. Get the latest news and notes from our community Book Club. Author and translator Don Lee Choi calls Kim Sagwa “South Korea’s young, brilliant, fearless writer” and it’s hard to argue after reading Sagwa’s shocking and powerful debut, Mina. Some are pure mystery writers, others more literary but dabbling in the genre, as does much of the best writing coming from Korea today. Born in a rural county in South Korea’s South Jeolla province, Jeong was a nurse before turning to writing full time. With painfully honest and vivid prose, Yideum paints the picture of the environment Jeong Yeoul faces. You-Jeong Jeong. Julie Buxbaum’s “Admission” focuses not on the Felicity Huffman-like parent but her daughter, Chloe, and the way all children of privilege are raised. “The Hole” tells the story of Oghi, a tenured professor paralyzed by a car crash that killed his wife. Many of these novels have themes similar to the ones explored in Parasite, some capture the tone and mood of the film, and others feel quite different but have the genius, the same ingenuity of Parasite. What you do — how we ALL act in the next six weeks — will make the difference between an inconvenient fall and a disaster that will take years to overcome. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Han Kang has followed up her Booker Prize–winning novel The Vegetarian with some truly astonishing books, including Human Acts and the much-anticipated The White Book, her newest release. Coming in May 2020 from Pyun is “The Law of Lines,” a book more firmly in the mystery genre that’s definitely on my list. Thank you for signing up! Woods is a book critic, editor and author of several anthologies and crime novels. The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith. A novel of secrets, isolation, and grief, The Hole is a tightly-executed feat of writing. While on a writer’s residency, a nameless narrator reckons with the death of her older sister, who died only a few hours old and left an inedible mark on the narrator and her family. Some lighter editions might not have the full contents of the original works, these books certainly will help and entertain the readers who want to read and at the same time study languages. While “The Plotters” might not work for mystery purists, Kim never lets the pace lag in this wild yet thought-provoking novel. Reseng reemerges as the lethal weapon in a female-led plot to end the cycle of killings, resulting in a showdown reminiscent of Paris and Achilles, one of the myths that has haunted him since childhood.