If you watched every episode of Extraordinary Attorney Woo, a K-drama featuring Park Eun-bin as Attorney Woo Young-woo, and can't possibly wait until 2024 for season 2, fear not! We’ve got you. Attorney Woo is a brand new trial lawyer living in Seoul who has autism, is obsessed with whales and can't help but to endear herself to everyone. There are many different reading paths that one can follow to prolong this heart-warming series. Here are some titles I suggest.
Let an actual Korean American trial lawyer teach you how to make Woo Young-woo's favorite food - kimbap! In The Korean Vegan Cookbook, Molinaro, a fellow Chicagoan, shares short vignettes at the beginning of each recipe, explaining its importance to her or sharing a memory that she has about it. She also notes the difficulty level and allergens for each recipe, which is surely appreciated by those new to cooking Korean food.
Miracle Creek, a debut novel by Angie Kim, will prolong those gripping courtroom scenes for Woo fans. Kim, a trial lawyer, writes realistic courtroom scenes that keep readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will be in suspense as they try figure out who committed the story’s central atrocity, an explosion that killed one child and one parent during a session in a pressurized oxygen tank used for medical therapy.
If you share Young-woo's fascination with whales, Secrets of the Whales is both an informational book and a photographic escape. Based on the National Geographic series of the same name, Brian Skerry's book dives into facts about five different types of whales (as well as dolphins) and showcases his stunning photography of these graceful giants. Readers will be filled with awe for these cetaceans.
Romance lovers, I have not forgotten you! In The Kiss Quotient, Stella Lane understands algorithms as if they were her first language; it's romance that's the complicated equation in her life. When she decides to undertake a methodical exploration of French kissing, it leads her down a very unexpected path. This title (along with the others in Helen Hoang’s trilogy) features Vietnamese characters with autism spectrum disorder who experience falling in love in unique ways, just as Young-woo does.
Heart and Seoul continues the romance thread, but keeps Woo watchers set in Korea. Hara Wilson leaves small-town America for Seoul to discover more about her birth parents and birth culture, thus setting off a series of K-drama-worthy events. This, and Jen Frederick’s companion book Seoulmates, will help romance fans live in Woo's world just a stretch longer.
Do you have a favorite K-drama or Woo-related book? Let us know in the comments!