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Around our house, there has been a lot of Olympic viewing (my thought: if only turning pages was a sport, my reading would get me a gold medal). With this year’s competition taking place in South Korea --- and with so many people saying they know so little about the region --- we thought it would be the ideal time to call attention to one of my favorite books from last year, PACHINKO, which we’re spotlighting on the homepage. This National Book Award finalist written by Min Jin Lee centers on four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family who fights to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew. So many groups have selected PACHINKO for discussion. Another book about Korea that was noteworthy when it first released was THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON by Adam Johnson, which is set in North Korea and received the Pulitzer Price for Fiction in 2013.