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2021 Reading Program Book Reviews

by | Mar 13, 2021 | UMW-Conference-Mailchimp

by Caroline Kidd, secretary of program resources

Gum Moon by Jeffrey L. Staley: This remarkable story of a Chinese-American girl from San Francisco based on the life of the author’s wife’s grandmother, traces the events of a three-year-old girl who is sold to a cruel brothel keeper. After several years, she is rescued by a young Methodist woman who places her in a home for abused and trafficked girls. The home is destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. The little girl’s remarkable singing voice places her in a choir that tours the U.S. to raise funds to rebuild the home. So much more happens in this enthralling book that it is hard to put down! Education for Mission, 2021-2022

#Not Your Princess, Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale: What is it like to be an indigenous woman or girl today? The voices of many of them are recorded in this compelling book that shatters stereotypes, revealing hurt from the past and celebrating hope for the future. Most of those voices are from Canadians with a few exceptions. The illustrations and photographs are fascinating and help readers to understand the various life experiences of the contributors. This book is also appropriate for older youth. Leadership Development, 2021-2022

The 2020-2021 Reading List may be downloaded by this link: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/readingprogram.

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