Wendy is a passionate traveler. She made her first solo trip abroad to Mexico at age 12, and never looked back. Wendy is a well-regarded photographer whose work has been the subject of solo shows in the U.S. and internationally. Like her writing, her photographic style is mindful, honest, compassionate, intimate, and straightforward. A storyteller by nature, Wendy provides a rich and revealing visual and narrative commentary of the places she visits and people she meets.
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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.