Title: RED BLOOD, YELLOW SKIN
Subtitle: A YOUNG GIRL’S SURVIVAL IN WAR-TORN VIETNAM
Author: LINDA T. BAER
Genre: NON-FICTION, MEMOIR, HISTORY, VIETNAM
Length: 343 PAGES
Publisher: GREENLEAF BOOK GROUP
Received From: NETGALLEY
Release Date: JUNE 2, 2015
Price: $16.95 USD (Softcover)
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“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 lived a dangerous and fascinating life and has quite the gift for story-telling. The title, RED BLOOD, YELLOW SKIN says it all. It does NOT matter what color your skin happens to be, we all bleed the same red blood. This message is especially important at this moment in history. With racial prejudice filling the headlines, it is essential for people to realize their hate is ridiculous. We need to embrace the diversity that exists in North America today.
We need to celebrate that diversity and tap into the power that exists when different cultures, races, colors, sexes, etc all come together with a common goal. Reading memoirs such as this one will open people’s minds and hearts. This is the first book in a duology and tells Linda’s story from birth to the end of the Vietnam War. She has recently released her second book ENDLESS JOURNEY: BOOK TWO OF RED BLOOD, YELLOW SKIN which allows the reader to get to know her not just as a new immigrant but also as a proud American who has run a successful business for many years. My review of Book Two will be posted within the next few days.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I would rate it 6 Stateside that was actually a thing, but for now, I give READ BLOOD, YELLOW SKIN a rating of 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
** I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley.**
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda Loan Thi Baer was born Nguyen Thi Loan in 1947, in the small village where she was raised, Tao Xa, Thai Binh Province, North Vietnam.
Her father was killed during a Viet Minh attack on her village in 1951.
Her mother married again, to a wealthy practitioner of Chinese medicine, and a war widower himself.
Their family relocated to South Vietnam during the mass exodus of 1954, where they were forced to move constantly due to economic, political, and military conditions. They eventually settled near Vung Tau, south of Saigon.
Loan left home at the early age of thirteen, to seek work at various menial jobs in Saigon to help her family, and to escape the physical abuse of her stepfather. She lived on the street as the dust of life.
She grew up and became a club’s dancer, black market dealer, and later met and married to an American Air Force officer in 1968, and follow him to the United States in 1971.
She became an American citizen in 1973, and while raising two sons and a daughter, she obtained her high school GED and attended many college courses.
Linda graduated first in her class from her South Carolina cosmetology school. Later she became the owner / operator of a successful Beauty Salon business named “Elegance by Linda B.”
She is the author of three books, “Edge of survival, Red Blood Yellow Skin, R.B.Y.S-Endless Journey. And another book called “The Dust Of Life” is now in progress.
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ABOUT THE PUBLISHER:
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MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
“To me, there is no right, and there are no winners in war. All wars are insane, and there are only losers, even those who think they are the victors. What do they win? They win nothing but broken bodies, torn families, dead relatives, and mass destruction.”