[Book in brief]Men, from the horses’ mouth, and more
Why do guys never seem to call girls back often enough?
Should you trust a guy who says he was just “tied up?”
Is it true that guys never forget their first love?
These questions are old and stale but ‘tis the main concern, unfortunately, for girls for all ages ― at least according to local columnist “Yonidong” writing for Cosmopolitan magazine, who claims he receives hundreds of letters each week complaining and sometimes angrily exploding over why guys act that way.
“What’s Up with This Guy?” (Hearst JoongAng) is a compilation of his columns published in the magazine’s “His Point of View.”
It is amusing to find “Yonidong” advocating the guy’s point of view ― although sometimes it makes all men look like jerks. But it is relieving to find out (again) that men’s brains are much simpler than we think. By Lee Min-a
An all-time favorite subject for publishers is “How to get rich.” One of these titles ― specifically targeting those in their 20s ― is particularly strong on the Korean non-fiction bestseller chart. “Korean 20s, Go Mad for Financial Tech” (Hans Media) by Jeong Cheol-jin has been leading the chart for more than three months in local bookstores. The book suggests young people have a better chance of becoming rich faster (than the older generation) if they use financial technology wisely.
Despite social concern that the book is proof that new mammonism prevails among the younger generation, the author realistically tells readers they should smarten up and get mean. It teaches young readers the definitions of “compound interest” and “current price” and ways to make their first round sum figure of 30 million won ($31,800). It also details what difference you can make by investing instead of saving. By Lee Min-a
“Making My Own Herbal Medicine” (Jeonnamusup Publishing), written by Choi Seung-ui, a doctor of Chinese medicine, contains herbal medicine recipes one can make at home. Choi became a TV celebrity after she introduced a dance that incorporated body movements with Chinese medicine as a healthy way to lose weight.
The book is divided into three parts. In part one, Choi corrects common misunderstandings about herbal medicine (that one could lose hair or gain weight), where to purchase medicinal herbs and how to mix them at home. In part two, she lists different herbs for certain symptoms, giving optional herbs and teas one can take for chronic diseases. The book introduces helpful tips on taking herbs, for example that the medicinal herbs are best taken in the fall and spring as the herbs allow our body to retain cold and heat during winter and summer. It also lists herbs for different ages and genders, including various types of herbal bath. By Park Soo-mee
“Rice” (Agora) is a famous novel by Su Tong recently translated into Korean, about a family from pre-Communist China after the Japanese occupation of the 1920s to ’40s. The story centers on an orphan from a rural village who works at a rice mill hoping to feed himself. But he turns into a wanderer and then a malicious villain. The story, which is based on an idea that “all humans are evil,” was made into a film, which was banned in China for seven years for including frequent depictions of sex. Once released, the film was praised by critics as “everything that represents an erotic film of China.”
The book depicts a living hell, yet the author embraces his characters from the heart, using “rice” as a warm metaphor of urban Chinese civilization. By Park Soo-mee