I don't usually read non-fiction, but Barbara Demick has a gift. She explains politics and history from the point of view of individuals, while providing enough history so their situations can be understood in context. Like her previous book, Nothing to Envy (which was about North Korea), Eat the Buddha relies on personal accounts of events in Tibet that then reverberate for the reader into greater understanding of circumstances in both Tibet and China -- ultimately revealing a great deal about both societies. There's so much to love about this book -- from the people Demick interviews to her own experiences reporting their stories. A great read.