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Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the story of a young girl's survival in war-torn Vietnam during the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, the civil war between North and South Vietnam, and the later American involvement in the Vietnam War. Linda Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, in North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four year ...more
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Published May 5th 2015 by River Grove Books
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    Red Blood, Yellow Skin: A Young Girl's Survival in War-Torn Vietnam
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    Ann Girdharry
    This is the story of one girl's life in Vietnam. She was born Nguyen Thi Loan in 1947 in North Vietnam and she lived through the wars in Vietnam - between the Vietnamese and the French in the 1940s-50s, then the civil war between the North and the South of the country when Vietnam was partitioned by the Allies after the second world war, then she is a young woman when America sent almost half a million soldiers to the country in the 1960s.

    It's an incredible story, told in an easy to
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    Tina Willis
    Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: won-in-contest
    3.8 Nguyen Thi Loan, aka Linda Baer (the author) starts her incredible story when she is 4 years old. As she shares with us her experiences of fear, poverty, hunger, death, and loneliness, I was quickly struck by the almost matter of fact way she wrote of it. I imagined that this incredible and courageous woman must be quite like her style of writing. Honest and to the point with few embellishments. She reminded me of a female Dennis the Menace as a young child and I found my heart warmed by her ...more
    Nancy
    Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Red Blood, Yellow Skin is the story of Linda L.T.Baer. She was born Nguyen Thi Loan in 1947 in North Vietnam. The story of her childhood is incredible. Her father was killed, her mother remarried a doctor and left Loan by herself. It is a miracle she even survived. This book gives us an idea of what the people in North and South Vietnam went through, as the Viet Cong were building strength and the Americans built up their forces. This story is told in a simple, nonjudgmental manner and it is eas ...more
    Nina
    Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    In Red Blood, Yellow Skin, Linda L. T. Baer tells her story of growing up in Vietnam before and during the Vietnam War. Mrs. Baer lost many friends and family members, and her own innocence, to the war. The first casualty was her father who was brutally killed by Viet Minh in North Vietnam. Thereafter her mother married a rich doctor who treated the young Mrs. Baer terribly. When the North and South split at the 17t
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    Natasha Jones
    Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
    This is a brilliant book, beautifully written. A true life insight into another time and culture. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more work by this author, especially if she writes any historical fiction.
    Josephine
    Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Katbyrdie
    What an amazing memoir. Told from the perspective of a young girl as she grows up in Vietnam before and during the Vietnam War. The reader is able to experience the human and civilian experience of the damage war causes. The battles themselves weren't the focus, rather how her country was being destroyed around her, sometimes, even in front of her eyes. Moving multiple times, from South to North Vietnam to eventually Saigon, Baer exposes the effects of war on the poor and those who are too busy ...more
    Penmouse
    Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

    Red Blood, Yellow Skin: A Young Girl's Survival in War-Torn Vietnam by Linda L.T. Baer is a story of heartbreak and hope. Born Nguyen Thi Laon, her life started living in modest circumstances as her parents worked as farmers. Her father was killed and her mother later remarried. Baer's stepfather was often cruel both to Linda and her mother. Later Linda would move to Saigon where she scraped out a modest living. In the end Linda found happiness and became an American citizen.

    I stayed
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    Anthony Nguyen
    Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
    A MUST READ!! A true story of tragedy, family drama, survival, and romance all from the perspective of one girl's journey to womanhood while making it through a country at war. The writing is authentic as it is told from a Vietnamese-American. Truly a page turner as the story is compelling as reading a fiction novel such as the Hunger Games trilogy. I recommend anyone who would love insight into the Vietnam war from a child growing up trough it all to read this book.
    Polly Krize
    Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    A heart-warmingly honest book as told by Linda Loan Thi Baer herself. Born and growing up through the Vietnam conflict, Loan stays strong and true to her family and the responsibilities imposed by them. Truly memorable, Loan's struggle is mirrored daily around the world, in different cultures and countries. Highly recommended reading.
    zespri
    Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
    Shelves: asia
    This is an amazing story of survival and resilience. Linda Baer (her american name) recounts her early life and teenage years in war torn Vietnam. Heartbreakingly sad, but too interesting to put down. Lots of detail about how the Vietnamese managed to live through such a dark time.
    Q2
    Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
    Powerful, frightening, violent story. Can't believe this happened in real life...and yet, I can. Thanks to NetGalley for this read.
    Eileen Abbott
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Interesting autobiography

    I do not usually read autobiographies but am so glad I stumbled across this one. The author's writing flows naturally as if she is telling the story in person. What I usually don't like about autobiographies is that they often come across as conflated. This one did not.

    Baer recounts the challenges and joys of growing up in Vietnam during the war and the impact of her faith on her life. I would recommend this as a book everyone should read. The first half particularly i
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    Miranda Houchens
    Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
    I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway.

    The author's tale of her life as a young woman in war-torn Vietnam was both heart-wrenching and hope-filled, and left me with a much deeper understanding of life during the war from the perspective of a Vietnamese girl coming-of-age at the time. The book is a first-person narrative, but reveals the resiliency that runs through much of the Vietnamese population after decades and decades of hardship and violence, and also enlightened reader
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    Erin Charpentier
    Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Thanks to Corrin for sharing this one with me! The author writes her memories of growing up a child in Vietnam, from being abandoned by her mother, to refugee camps, to losing loved ones and to interactions with American GIs, she covers it all. While her story dragged in parts, it was overall pretty fascinating and a unique perspective of life during the Vietnam War.
    Alicia
    Linda's memoir encapsulates her journey through the Vietnam War that doesn't focus on the perils of war as much as the human element. Told chronologically, Linda shares her poor upbringing with favorite pastimes finding bugs and picking leeches off herself, especially after a particularly devastating in which her father is murdered (thrown from a church window after which his head is split into quarters of which Linda is a witness to). But once a man comes to their village to propose marriage to ...more
    Becca W
    I won this book for free in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
    I'm not the type of reader to indulge in anything out of the YA genre, and I entered this giveaway to break my habit. I didn't think I would win, so I wasn't worried about reading out of the norm. When I did win this, I was not only surprised but also excited.
    Over the long time my book reviewing hobby has grown, I have learned that the best review keeps out the spoilers. Although most of my reviews go over the book, I'll pu
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    Claudia Comero
    I enjoyed reading this book, as it is written in a simple and straighforward form. The author presents her life in Vietnam through the eyes of a child and later as a young woman going through political turmoil and the Vietnam War. It shows a different prospective on life, as well as customs that are different from the ones we are used to in the West without passing a judgement.
    I would recommend it.
    Kristen
    Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: memoir, women
    Having just traveled to Vietnam, I was ready to read a book about the the country and the war as seen from the eyes of a local. This book gave a detailed account of a young girl growing up in a rural Vietnam and how the communist struggle affected her family. I admire her strength and was glad she found love and a family.
    Stephanie
    Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
    An incredible story of survival and the resilience of the human spirit.
    Amie's Book Reviews
    "The price of freedom was indeed dear."

    Linda, known then as Loan, certainly knows the truth about the price of freedom.

    Born in 1947 there was no way her family could have known that their simple but happy lives would change and become filled with heartache and strife.

    Thankfully, they were blissfully unaware of the political upheaval their country was to find itself embroiled in for many years to come.

    Linda has managed to write a memoir that drew me in from the very first chapter. She has liv
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    Joyce
    I received this novel as a Kindle edition through a Goodreads giveaway. My review is entirely my own opinion. I want to thank the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read it.
    Fascinating memoir of a girl's life in Vietnam before and during the Vietnam War. The author begins her story at the age of 4 when she is still living with her father and mother in a small village. Her father is killed by rebel soldiers and her mother and she struggle to survive moving from place to place. Her m
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    Diane
    Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Yes, survival in any worn-torn country is difficult, to say the least, especially for a child. The author was extremely resilient, courageous, and rather rebellious by nature as borne out by her determination to enjoy her simple childhood pleasures despite her heartless stepfather. These traits served her well in her adult life when she had to endure multiple challenges which many would have not been able to surmount.
    An interesting story of perseverance and love by a woman who always managed to
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    Shaun
    Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads
    I received a copy of this e-book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

    An interesting memoir that includes all of what you'd expect and more. You get the happiness, heartbreak, sadness and redemption. It's a different perspective on Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s. I expected a bit more discussion on the war itself and how it impacted the life of the author, but those details were scarce. That did not mean the memoir isn't memorable or an important viewpoint on it's own.

    Overall I enj
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    Haven
    Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A brilliant memoir told by L.T. Baer about her experiences during the war in Vietnam. Mrs. Baer's memoir speaks to the heart of the reader, opening their eyes to something that can truly only be imagined. Her ordeal is something no child should have to go through. She loses her father in the war. She is forced to move from North to South Vietnam, settling in Saigon. She has to endure the relationship between her new step father and her mother, who treats her with a coldness that is difficult to ...more
    Bernadett
    Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs
    i got a copy for review via netgalley

    first of all i love authors who has this sort of authentic voice in their writing. the author should write general fiction too and would be super popular in my opinion. the writing is stunning and it makes you really fall into the book. the pictures were a great commemoration of the experience. ill most likely get a copy of my own to keep this one to know and share the history from the other side of the coin. I loved it and it was a really heavy r
    ...more
    Aletha Pagett
    Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This book was received from Goodreads and the only reason it is a 5 star book is because there is no option for 6.
    This powerful memoir of a young girl's progression to adulthood in war torn Viet Nam sheds a bright light on a culture and the impact of long years of conflict. Ms. Baer's writing is devoid of superfluous adjectives. The stark, simple words enable the story and personalities to jump off the page and into our hearts. A wonderful, sad, joyous, and empowering book.
    Patrick
    Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Some people just can’t be held down. The author provides a captivating description of her life in Viet Nam before and during the war. Abject poverty, loved ones killed, unable to go to school, leaving home in her early teens to find work. Not of this could break her spirit. She survived, even thrived. In the end she found the love and happiness she so rightly deserved.
    Carol
    Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
    I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is not my type of book, although I did read it and found it sad, overwhelming and also quite informative. The fact that she went through all that she did and is now an American citizen leaves me wondering why there are so many immigrants that have not achieved the same goal. Makes one wonder......
    Lucy
    Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Some people just can’t be held down. The author provides a captivating description of her life in Viet Nam before and during the war. Abject poverty, loved ones killed, unable to go to school, leaving home in her early teens to find work. Not of this could break her spirit. She survived, even thrived. In the end she found the love and happiness she so rightly deserved.
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    Linda Loan Thi Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan, in the small village of Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, North Vietnam in 1947. When she was four years old, the Viet Minh attacked her village and killed her father, leaving Loan and her mother to fend for themselves. Seeking escape from impoverishment, her mother married a rich and dominating widower who was cruel to his free-spirited and mischievous step
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