Red Blood, Yellow Skin
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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 ...more
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.
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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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I would recommend it.
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 ...more
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 ...more
An interesting story of perseverance and love by a woman who always managed to ...more
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.
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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
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.
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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 ...more