My Story Thanh Nguyen
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A moving and inspirational story Aug 23, 2009
My Story Thanh Nguyen is a compelling story about determination, incredible challenges, and survival by someone who lived it! It was amazing to read of the hardships experienced and the courage displayed by this woman, her family, and friends from the 1950s through the 1970s in Communist-run Vietnam. Ms. Nguyen lived through the execution of her father and many family and financial ups and downs. Finally, she and her future husband were able to escape with others on a small boat and experienced severe sea sickness, lack of food and water, until their rescue by a Dutch ship. The photographs in the book were interesting to see. Her return to Vietnam many years later with some family members gives some closure to the experience. This truly is an adventure story with a happy ending and it provides a thought provoking "read" for the reader.
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Thanh's Story Jan 10, 2007
Thanh is an accomplished seamstress and does beautiful alterations. She met the dressmaking needs of my family for many years. When she sold her business in Owings Mills, Maryland I was saddened to lose her skills, fashion expertise and friendship.
This book tells the story of her life that I never knew. I have met her husband and son, Michael,and now can "connect the dots" of information that I learned by talking with them. For example, her husband told me that he could speak Dutch but I never knew that they lived in the Netherlands on their way to life in America.
I highly recommend this book as an honest story of one woman's coming of age in the middle of the Vietnam War, the very difficult journey to America and how she and her husband accomplished the American Dream.
An inspiring journey Sep 03, 2009
By H. G.
I have already shared this book with 2 friends that were equally as inspired by Thanh's story as I was. For someone who grew up in another country, Thanh's simple eloquence in writing in another language makes her story of living in Communist Vietnam and her subsequent escape to the U.S. both sweet and enduring. Her humbleness in story-telling and living through such a nerve-wracking experience are something most Americans would never fathom. And where Thanh could have focused on the negative aspects of her incredible journey, every page includes only the positive.
This is a wonderful story to give as a gift for those who enjoy reading about other cultures and contributes to Thanh's charity of choice: a leper colony in Vietnam (pictures of which are at the back of the book). I highly recommend it!
My Story Thanh Nguyen is an Incredible story- you will not be able to put the book down!! Oct 13, 2011
By James Baird
An amazing story of a very courageous young girl in a country torn apart by a civil war. Every page gives an incredible account of the determination of this little girl as she comes of age and learns to survive and escape even death as she pursues her dream to live in America. For me as part of the generation growing up in America during the Vietnam era this young woman's story has provided one important answer to what we achieved during this time in our history.
This fascinating book should to be read by every child and every adult in America as it tells the story of hope and true dedication and it confirms that by truly working hard and never giving up we can fulfill our dream.
Incredible strength and courage of a human being Sep 25, 2009
By L. Afram
The book described in details how Thanh survived and accomplished with her bared hands. That's inspiring me great deal. Each chapter of the book tells detailed events throughout her life with cleared pictures and motions. It's a great book to share with your family, friends and children and to let them know how blessed they are.
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