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Spring preview 2015: international non-fiction

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FEARLESS IN REVOLUTION

After being arrested and sexually assaulted by police during the 2011 Egyptian protests, Mona Eltahaway sparked controversy a year later when she wrote a foreign-policy piece about misogyny in Arab society called “Why do they hate us” – “they” referring to Muslim men, and “us” to women.

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (HarperCollins Canada) is an extension of the Egyptian-American journalist’s argument, promising to be just as fearless and powerful as she is.

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KIM JONG-IL TIMES TWO

March brings two non-fiction titles about a particularly absurd event in North Korean history: president Kim Jong-Il’s 1978 kidnapping of a South Korean movie star and her film director ex-husband. Paul Fischer’s A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power (Flatiron Books), along with Magnus Bartas and Fredrik Ekman’s All Monsters Must Die: An Excursion to North Korea (Anansi), promise an entertaining look into the peculiar “hermit kingdom.”