How about a humorous, nonfiction travelogue that takes place in one of the most secluded countries in the world? Thank you to Kelly for this daring title from Rosetta Books. 

My-Holiday-in-North-Korea-6-640x1024from the publisher

Most people want out of North Korea. Wendy Simmons wanted in.

In My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, Wendy shares a glimpse of North Korea as it’s never been seen before. Even though it’s the scariest place on Earth, somehow Wendy forgot to check her sense of humor at the border.

But Wendy’s initial amusement and bewilderment soon turned to frustration and growing paranoia. Before long, she learned the essential conundrum of “tourism” in North Korea: Travel is truly a love affair. But, just like love, it’s a two-way street. And North Korea deprives you of all this. They want you to fall in love with the singular vision of the country they’re willing to show you and nothing more.

Through poignant, laugh-out-loud essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, Wendy chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself.

About the author

Wendy Simmons won’t stop travelling until she visits every country in the world! Despite her hatred for packing, she’s managed to explore more than eighty-five so far—including territories and colonies—and chronicles her adventures on her blog.


To win:

  1. Leave a comment: What far-off place to you wish you were brave enough to visit?
  2. Include your email in the following format: name (at) service (dot) suffix
  3. Have a US mailing address.
  4. Wait until May 16, 6 p.m. EST. 

I will choose one (1) comment and use the provided email address to contact the winner. Good luck!

The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering!

4 thoughts on “ARMCHAIR BEA 16: Giveaway #3”

  1. I wish I were brave enough to keave the US. Anywhere foreign would be fun.
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  2. Well I’ve visited a couple of the far off places I have wanted to namely China and Thailand as well as Burma and Laos but I would really love to visit India but it does scare me a bit. My email is tiffany (at) thecraftyhome (dot) net

  3. Hmmm… what far off place. I’m fascinated by North Korea, but I don’t really want to visit there. I do want to visit Thailand and i WOULD be nervous about the street food, but I REALLY want to try the pad thai from a vendor on the street. Yum! Christina @ Ensconced in Lit, ensconcedya at gmail dot com

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