Biography

Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam by Marjorie Pivar - Book Review

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Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam By Marjorie Pivar, Quang Van Nguyen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312314316
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 3rd, 2006

This book reads like mystery, adventure, and science fiction. Born in 1950, son of a revered traditional healer, Quang was schooled in ancient Chinese and Vietnamese herbal medicine and magic. He spent three years sequestered in a cave deep in a forbidden mountain, taught by an ageless master who was present in his body only occasionally, Later, as a Buddhist monk and abbot, Quang was able to save many lives during the Vietnam Civil War - was a prisoner of the VietCong forced to create pharmaceuticals. He escaped and eventually found his way to Vermont, where he currently practices herbal healing. ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


Barack Obama: Conservative, Pragmatist, Progressive by Burton I. Kaufman - Book Review

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Barack Obama: Conservative, Pragmatist, Progressive By Burton I. Kaufman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501761973
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Published: Cornell University Press - March 15th, 2022

Level-headed look at Obama's presidency and his personal and political roots. Obama's unusual upbringing involving a mixture of countries and cultures taught him the value of compromise, which, as president,allowed him to promote both progressive and conservative policies that alternately angered those on the right and the left. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult by Faith Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062952455
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Published: William Morrow - November 30th, 2021

This fascinating memoir is written by the granddaughter of the founding creator of Children of God, a cult which became very popular and grew world wide over several decades. This religious group became known for its extreme sex practices, sexual and physical abuse and fanatic religious beliefs. Faith tells the story of what is was like to grow up in this extremely unconventional communal lifestyle where polygamy, child labor and exploitation, and horrific sexual expectations dominated every day life. The children were (barely) homeschooled and prohibited to interact with anyone outside of the cult, which they referred to as the "System", except to witness (solicit new members) or "Flirty-Fishing" (women in the cult would prostitute themselves to "Systemites" in order to recruit new members). If anyone did anything to contradict or disobey the rules of the cult, they were severely punished, both physically and emotionally. Humiliation and fear was key in keeping it's members submissive. How Faith ultimately leaves her family and starts a new life is inspiring and heartfelt.
If you loved Educated or Glass Castle you will definitely want to read this book. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781771964111
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Published: Biblioasis - June 1st, 2021

This is a mystery, a poetic quest to find the life-story of 18thc. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill, who wrote the heartbreaking lament; the Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire ( the cry for Art O'Leary- his widow) and then was essentially erased from family and public record. It is also a memoir about passion & dedication of motherhood and a writer's life and the thin line between between the past and the present and where passions can become obsessions. Haunting, wild, immersive, beautifully written and award winning. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476762180
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Published: Scribner - November 8th, 2016

I loved this book. This story illustrates the power of art as one supposed Velázquez painting changes the lives of those it comes into contact with. A beautiful history of the painter, himself, as well as a compelling true story. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam by Marjorie Pivar - Book Review

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Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam By Marjorie Pivar, Quang Van Nguyen Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780312314316
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 3rd, 2006

UNBELIEVABLE unless you know Quang, as I do. There are things in his life - black magic, a spiritual master hundreds of years old,a preternatural knowledge of herbal medicines and healing - that confound the Western mind. He tells his tragic story as a young Zen abbot in Vietnam during the darkest times of the Vietnam War. Quang eventually escaped the Viet Cong, finding refuge in Vermont, HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION ~ Reviewed by Efton Jiles


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