by Trach Ba Vu
In this touching biography, a father tells his daughter's story with candor. Anna Vu was born in 1966, in the midst of the V…more
In this touching biography, a father tells his daughter's story with candor. Anna Vu was born in 1966, in the midst of the Vietnam War. She dreams of becoming a doctor, but when her family moves from Vietnam to America in 1975, she fears that the cultural and language barriers of her new home will prevent her from reaching her goals. But Anna has a change of heart, and soon her everyday life becomes a journey toward greatness as she searches for her purpose, struggles with understanding the afterlife, and longs for true love and the ability to welcome it. When Anna accepts a position at a veterans' hospital after graduating from medical school, she is forced to explore the disparity in perception among Americans and Vietnamese in regards to the Vietnam War while simultaneously settling into her role as a doctor. This initial resistance serves to cultivate her relationship with her culture and her confidence in her profession. Anna displays an incredible tenacity in her search for truth and happiness; her story will be an inspiration to all. [close]
by Jessica Smock (Goodreads Author) , Stephanie Sprenger (Goodreads Author)
by Gillian Marchenko (Goodreads Author)
What if you dreamed of having a beautiful child, and in your mind you saw the life you'd share with that child. First steps, little league (or…more
What if you dreamed of having a beautiful child, and in your mind you saw the life you'd share with that child. First steps, little league (or ballet). Maybe the child would play piano or make you proud on the Honor Roll. There'd be eventual graduations, college, even marriage and grandchildren. You might dream it out that far. Or not. Every parent has hopes. No parents wish for pain—their own, or a child's.
Then you had a premature delivery in a foreign country. And the words swirling around you said a different kind of "what if." What if something was wrong? The dream was at risk—or so it seemed. Would you be ready for that? Could you make peace? Or would it take you down?
These are the questions author Gillian Marchenko faced as she woke up after an emergency C-section in Ukraine. Only her newborn child could answer them, in time. But first she had to find a way to hear more than the words "Down syndrome."
Sun Shine Down. A memoir. [close]
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