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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
Paperback, 342 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by River Grove Books
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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 read style.
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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
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
Ann-Marie
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the autobiography of a girl whose family escaped North Vietnam and subsequently lived through the war in South Vietnam. She left her family at a very young age to find work in the city to earn money to send back to them.
She relates honestly what it was like to be a headstrong, intelligent girl in a society that placed no value in her most outstanding attributes. Only her determination, sense of right and love of her young son and her siblings have her the strength to drive through.

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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 17th parallel,
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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.
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. ...more
Nick
A very engaging book on the life of a young Vietnamese lady and her family during the late 1950's thru 1973. From the escape of North Vietnam to the South and the many relocations once there Linda tells the story of her family and her later experiences of living in Saigon. At times very sad, at others heart breaking the resilience of the Vietnamese people is truly astounding. ...more
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 up far too
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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.
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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. ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
The gods smile on some people.

Linda Baer / Nyugen Thi Loan (I'll use her American name going forward, since it's on the cover), was born in a small village in North Vietnam in 1947. Her early life was marked by tragedy, her father was killed by the Viet Minh, her mother remarried a wealthy but distant and abusive doctor of Chinese medicine, and the whole family moved to South Vietnam in 1954. Cut off from his community, her stepfather's practice decline and the whole family was reduced to penur
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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 readers on the thr
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Amy Gill Horton
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
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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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.
Nancy Lewis
In the first part of the book, Baer describes a childhood spent suffering intense poverty along with grave abuse from her step-father - he once buried her in the ground up to her waist! She eventually escapes her home life only to fall victim several times to the predators of Saigon. In the end she seems to have found peace in her marriage and her life in the US.
Glen
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, firstreads
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

The author is a woman who lived through some very tough times in Vietnam. Born in 1947, she lived through several wars, and had a tragic personal life besides.

Very educational as to how good we have it.
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 put in good wo
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Claudia
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.
Anna
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, loc-asia
**I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but I didn't love it. I will say that there's a fascinating story in here and I learned a lot about the author's life in Vietnam. But this really needed more editing, just to cut out some of the weaker parts. Some of the parts of this book dragged on, and it made it a little tough to stick with it at times. Still, I'm glad I read this.
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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.
Victoria Zieger
I received this from a Goodreads giveaway. It definitely was interesting to read the back story of someone who lived in Vietnam during the war and at the beginning of it. The perspective was unique, but the content was a little bit dry.
Stephanie
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
An incredible story of survival and the resilience of the human spirit.
Signe
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
Thank you for the goodreads Giveaway kindle edition of this memoir.

I don’t know how Linda Loan Thi Baer pulls it off, but she has written a memoir of a very difficult childhood and early adult life in war torn Viet Nam in a very bearable way. This reader is in awe of her tenacity and strength to survive in the chaos of war including viewing her own father’s body hacked to death, dysfunctional family episodes, and leaving home at 13 for the streets of Saigon to earn money for her family.

This me
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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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Jamie
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, my-library
This book tells the story of a young child turned young woman fighting her way through a grim and dangerous reality with courage and perseverance.

In the end, although I do feel like I learned a bit about the daily reality for normal Vietnamese people during an incredibly difficult and dangerous time in their country's history, this book was not quite what I expected. I was looking for a new perspective on the lives of the people and the changes in the country. But nearly the first 2/3 of the bo
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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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