Althoug On a moonlit night shining with mystery and wonder, four-year-old Diem Nguyen picks up a sparkling pebble from the ground…and unknowingly takes into her hand the seeds of a catastrophic illness that changes her life forever. Although her body is crippled, her remarkable spirit soon transcends the limitations of her body and she finds ways to live joyfully, creatively, lovingly…stepping into her future with a boundless spirit of adventure.
You will be spellbound by the vivid tales of her childhood in Vietnam, surviving hardships while her father is in prison for conspiring to support the Americans during the war, and then enjoying natural beauty, friendships, and independence when her family moves to a special community in the jungle, where Diem learns an array of skills from salt-making to music-making that allow her to start a unique business.
After settling in Texas, new challenges and new opportunities await Diem. With her trademark determination and innovation, Diem learns English and goes to college to earn her degree—without ever having set foot in a school before! Her achievements are enhanced by the transcendent experience of falling in love…but life has some unexpected lessons for Diem that not even a college degree can give to her.
Told with tenderness, humor, and honesty, Walk Around the Tree is a memoir that will inspire and delight from the first page to the last. Take a walk with Diem, first around her childhood tree, and then further into the depths of the jungle, the vastness of America, and the secrets of the human heart. With Diem as your companion and guide, life will never look quite the same again. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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I received a copy of Diem's book from a friend two days ago, when I only had time to read the first few pages. But yesterday I decided to read some more and found I could not put it down until finally finishing the last chapter at 1: I am so impressed with her as an extremely gifted writer.
She took me to a place I knew so little about, and really gave me the flavor of her country and its beauty. I loved reading about how creative she was and how she found joy and happiness in I received a copy of Diem's book from a friend two days ago, when I only had time to read the first few pages. I loved reading about how creative she was and how she found joy and happiness in so many aspects of life.
She ends her book with a love story that made me happy for her, and then sad when it didn't work out. But even then, she showed real strength in finding ways to move on. I sincerely hope she doesn't stop writing. I would love to know more about Vietnam and its people.
Whether she writes fiction or non-fiction, her style of writing will show the truth about her amazing country. And she has already shared so much of it -- and of herself -- in this wonderful gift to the world. Jun 24, Lisa Kearns rated it really liked it. I received a free copy of Walk Around The Tree from the author, in return for reviewing the book for her.
This book is a quick but interesting read, full of stories of the author's childhood in Vietnam and her eventual immigration to the USA. I enjoyed her vivid descriptions of the animals, flowers and trees found in the jungles of her homeland, and also her explanations of the culture, food and building practices.
Despite a crippling bout of polio when she was small, Diem's determination to work I received a free copy of Walk Around The Tree from the author, in return for reviewing the book for her. Despite a crippling bout of polio when she was small, Diem's determination to work hard, learn, find love, and enjoy life never wavers.
Diem's writing style is very simple and honest, bringing to life the child in the story. Adults will enjoy this story from a historical perspective, and tweens will learn about endurance and duty and about the realities of the Vietnam war - something that isn't taught in school anymore. We stood on the flanks of a gentle slope; behind us, the rising ground was covered with a thin forest of slim, white-barked trees, with an underlayer of low, thick scrub. Before us, down the slope, was the raw slash of the defense perimeter, feet wide, that encircled the huge cavalry encampment.
It was called the Green Line, but there was nothing green about it. Every tree and bush had been cut and burned, and the rough land smoothed off so a crawling man could find no defilade. It was a formidable barrier-in-depth of barbed wire — five rows of great loose rolls of concertina wire fastened to stakes — and between the rows of wire had been planted various explosive devices.
Fifty yards back from the nearest wire were high watchtowers, 30 of them in the mile circuit of the camp. They were manned by machine gunners during the day, and at night by specialists operating sensitive watching and listening instruments. Between the watchtowers were the sandbagged gun pits where riflemen, machine gunners, and grenadiers stood guard from dark till dawn. Back of them, in the woods, were the mortar batteries, and back of the mortars the s and the s and the big s that throw a pound projectile more than 20 miles, and behind them — on a field called the Golf Course — were the helipads where the gun ships stay on call.
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At the center, protected by all this bristle of guns and wire and minefields, was 1st Cav headquarters — the hospitals, supply dumps, chow halls, chapels, and office tents of division command. Now our patrols traversed it by day and set ambushes beside its trails and clearings at night. Far out, 4 miles beyond the wire, was a picket line of scattered outposts, lightly manned but able to bring down flare ships, gun ships, and artillery fire on Charley the moment he was spotted. The Green Line was a barrier behind which the 1st Cavalry could stay forever, if it chose.
From here it could fly its battalions out to harass Charley wherever he might be hiding in the hills, and bring them back to rest and refit in safety. It was visible for miles, a defiant challenge to Charley.
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A poncho hooch and a weapons check to prepare for the coming night and its dangers. In the sector where we were, the gun pits were still raw holes dug into the white sandy earth, and it was in one of these that my son and his friends fashioned me a shelter for the night.
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They stretched a poncho across a corner of the hole where, when not on guard, they slept on the ground beside their guns. Use your pack for a pillow and your poncho liner as a cover. Put your canteen close at hand and rub on some bug juice to repel the mosquitoes. There are other visitors too. Last night I dreamed that I was twiddling my fingers in my hair. It was so real I woke up. Then I realized I was sleeping with my hands folded across my chest. All up and down the defensive line, though, as the platoon got ready for night, it was evident that this war had changed from anything I remembered.
In a cleared place in front of the platoon C. Before, they had been going into clearings, or open paddies in the valleys. In forest country, these clearings were rare, and Charley had rigged them with booby traps and encircled them with guns. He hits like a watermelon rolling off a kitchen table.
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Then the gun ships go in with rockets to beat up the brush around the drop zone, and the gunners in the choppers are firing as they come in. Sometimes, when the landing zone is too rough, we go down rope ladders, but this takes longer and the chopper pilots sweat it.
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It keeps them in the area too long. The newest technique, he explained, gives an airmobile outfit a great deal more flexibility in its assault landings. The choppers now hover over the forested hilltops, and the troops slide down into and through the tree canopy on long nylon ropes, using the same rappelling technique which enables mountain climbers to bounce down the sides of steep cliffs. It was nearly dark as the last helicopter landed. John brought his machine gun down from the tower to set it up for the night.
A slow drizzle began to fall as he set up the gun. Fascinated, I watched him, a stranger to me now — a professional working at his trade. The author watches his soldier-son demonstrate the correct use of a grenade launcher. Through the drizzle a slim, blue-eyed sergeant appeared, trailing a thin wire behind him. Beside the gun he laid a rubber-covered device that looked like a hand stapler.
It takes an electric charge to set it off. You attach it to this wire that leads to the claymore and squeeze it, and blam — old Charley gets his butt full of marbles. Off to the east, a bright star suddenly blazed in the sky, hung for a moment, and began a slow descent, silhouetting the distant hills. You see that gap over there? The highway from here to Pleiku runs through it. Charley loves to set ambushes there. And we love to set ambushes for Charley there. The big shadow moved away, leaving two smaller shadows standing in its place. I stood the first watch with John. We talked in low tones, while behind us the mortars coughed and the howitzers banged, and the deep explosions shook the hills.
I remembered the decision that had brought him here. I was in the hospital with a bunch of them. The tour was a year, and every man can tell you, to the day, how much of the year he still has to serve. But, John told me, there was a big fat rumor going around that, for the guys who had been in combat, it was going to be cut to 10 months.
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