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A year in Saigon : how I gave up my glamorous job in television to have the time
Kelly, Katie.
Adult Nonfiction LB2844.1.V6K45 1992

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This is a heart-tugger from former TV journalist Kelly, who presents a richly drawn portrait of postwar Vietnam and a harrowing picture of the lot of Amerasian children. But the core of the book is a sprightly account of Kelly's 1990 stint teaching in Saigon orphanages and at such improvised sites as restaurants and outings. One only wishes she had revealed what in her own history drew her so powerfully to these children. We not only watch Kelly tutoring but see her efforts to feed the kids and get their teeth fixed (a local dentist is overwhelmed at the state of American dentistry evidenced in Kelly's mouth). For her part, Kelly gags at a fried sparrow feast, faints at a childbirth and shed tears for the children. Her story is an inspiration and a graphic reminder of the ravages of war. Photos not seen by PW. Reader's Digest Condensed Book Club selection. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A former television critic and teacher, now a freelance journalist, tells of the year she spent trying to help young Amerasians in Vietnam. After Kelly visited Vietnam in 1988, she decided to return to teach English and facts about the United States to the children abandoned by their American fathers and shunned by the Vietnamese. She held classes in the American Transit Center and then, when that privilege was denied her, in parks, restaurants, bars, and a student's home. She describes her experiences, which ranged from pathetic to humorous, and portrays life in contemporary Saigon. This touching, perceptive eyewitness account will be of interest to general and subject collections.-- Shirley L. Hopkinson, SLIS, San Jose State Univ., Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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