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  • Thousand Pieces of Gold | Ruthanne Lum McCunn

    Thousand Pieces of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated By Emily Zeller
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    Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

    Susie says: "A Women's Studies Classic"
  • Sole Survivor: The True Account of 133 Days Adrift | Ruthanne Lum McCunn

    Sole Survivor: The True Account of 133 Days Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On November 23, 1942, German U-Boats torpedoed the British ship Benlomond, and it sank in the Atlantic in two minutes. The sole survivor was a second steward named Poon Lim, who, with no knowledge of the sea, managed to stay alive for 133 days on a small wooden raft.

    Michael says: "Suspensfully Calm"
  • Chinese Yankee | Ruthanne Lum McCunn

    Chinese Yankee

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated By James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Chinese Yankee by Ruthanne Lum McCunn tells the true story of Hong Kong born Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), an orphan brought to America for schooling in the mid-1850s, but enslaved in Baltimore. Only sixteen at the outbreak of war, Thomas ran north, joined the Freedom Army, and was blinded in the first major campaign. He failed to fully recover his sight and, deemed incapable of performing the duties of a soldier, was discharged.

    Susie says: "Unbelievable Tale from China to the Union Army"
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