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Don't Look Back

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As far as memoirs go, I really enjoyed reading this one, the writing was amazing. I loved the author explaining certain things and really enjoyed the way it pieced together,
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Don’t Look Back is a beautifully written moving story of six year old Achut Deng’s escape from her war-ravaged home in a small village in the Sudan, a decade of further trauma in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, and a tainted hope for a better future in her first year in the US. The lessons on resilience that she brings to us from those who raised her, especially those she lost while so young, are unmatched in anything I have read or seen before. I am so glad she has telling her story to the world, and I will definitely be sharing it with my high school students.  

Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Netgalley, and the authors, Achut Deng and Keely Hutton for early access to this outstanding memoir.
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Told by many throughout her (Achut) life to don’t look back just keep going.  That is what she did as a child to live now at sixteen she finds herself in the United States after losing all her relatives in Sudan.  But once she reached the United State she found what many before her found different kinds of issues, some just as bad as the Sudan but with faith and some hope tucked in her pocket she manages.
This is a great book of one who got away and is doing well, unlike so many in Sudan.  She just kept going even in spite of her past.
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I can see the importance of this book, but unfortunately it's just not for me. I will keep it in mind for recommendations for people looking for this type of story.
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This memoir reads like an adventure story at first.  The details about the Dinka culture, the war in Sudan, and the unbelievable events in Achut's life are eye opening.  Deciding what details to include in a memoir are always challenging.  There is an unevenness to this memoir.  Sometimes details bogged it down, other times little or no detail was included, just the fact that something took place.
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this was a beautifully done memoir, it showed the horrors of living through a war and surviving. I was invested in what was going on and thought the writing was really well done. I could picture this happening and I really felt for the author. Thank you for letting me read this.
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