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  • “From one corner of the world to another, the global community is experiencing the worst refugee crisis in history. For too many of us, the reality refugees face seems far away and hard to imagine. That’s one reason Nhi Aronheim’s compelling new book is so helpful right now. By sharing her own story, she makes the refugee crisis real, personal and understandable for the rest of us. Her resilience and path to a new life should give us hope that the same path is possible for others. We need Nhi’s message now, because millions of refugees need our help now more than ever.”

– Michael J. Nyenhuis, President and CEO, UNICEF USA

  • “Nhi Aronheim has lived many lives: the privileged daughter of a physician In Vietnam, frightened child who escapes barefoot through the jungles of Cambodia, refugee in Thailand with only two pieces of clothing to her name, adopted daughter of an American family in the South, and now wife, mother, and writer.  In Soles of a Survivor, she writes beautifully about war and its aftermath, adversities and misfortunes to be overcome, the vicissitudes of religion and fate, and, ultimately, resilience, endurance, and gratitude. Her life and her words are an inspiration.”

– Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and China Dolls

  • “Using candid and courageous language, Nhi Aronheim weaves a tale of perseverance and fortitude against the backdrop of a country torn apart by war and a mother’s desire to seek the best for her children. Part coming of age, part personal and family saga, Soles of a Survivor tells the story of a resilient, exceptional girl growing up, growing away, and becoming the woman she was destined to be.”

– Cynthia Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest

  • “Soles of a Survivor is a story of awe-inspiring bravery, grit and love. Nhi Aronheim has navigated worlds within worlds - from the jungles of Cambodia to the suburbs of Kentucky and more - and she brings each one to life with cinematic clarity. SoaS is an astounding book, one I will never forget.”

– Domenica Ruta, New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You and Last Day

  • “It's said that refugees lead three lives: their life before being driven from their home; their life on the move, seeking refuge; and, if they survive, a new life adapting to a foreign land. Nhi Aronheim lives all those lives and more in this memoir of persistence, hope, and healing.”

–  Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee

  • “ Aronheim’s indomitable spirit and determination to survive what many cannot bear to even imagine is truly extraordinary. Her astounding survival, astonishing grace, and radiant gratitude are a triumph of the human spirit and tribute to the incredible strength of this extraordinary woman. Her message of strength and positivity is needed now more than ever. We must never forget the horrors that humans can exact on each other so as to learn from the past and do better in the future. Aronheim’s courageous tell-all is a vital first-person preservation of a part of history that is too-often overlooked, and a powerful reminder of the vital and wonderful part that immigrants play in American life. Soles of a Survivor is a must-read for memoir-lovers, survival-lovers, and those who believe in the power of women’s voices, and women’s stories.”

– Sara DiVello, author, Where in the OM Am I?

  • "Nhi Aronheim's Soles of a Survivor is a powerful, uplifting memoir. The story traces the harrowing journey of a young girl from her life as a political refugee on the run to the pinnacle of the American Dream. The book is a beacon of light for dark and trying times."

– Tiffany Reisz, USA Today Bestselling Author

  • “Nhi Aronheim overcame almost unimaginable odds escaping her homeland as a twelve-year-old in 1987. This inspiring story of her harrowing escape through the jungles of Cambodia, surviving the squalid refugee camps in Thailand, and then thriving in the United States is a valuable addition to the expanding literature of the post-American war Vietnamese diaspora.”

– Marc Leepson, Arts Editor and columnist, The VVA Veteran magazine

  • “Every spring, as the world itself reveals the possibility of renewal, the Jewish People gather around their Passover tables and retell the story of a miraculous journey from degradation to liberation. Our Haggadah is the guide for this annual telling.  In her riveting narrative, Soles of a Survivor, Nhi Aronheim’s has penned a version of her own Haggadah detailing a stunning and unlikely path from the war-torn streets and jungles of Vietnam to a new life in America. As her story unfolds we learn of good people she encountered whose kindness and goodness ultimately love her into a sturdy belief in herself even when merging the two worlds of her personal history proves complicated. Nhi’s is a story of redemption pulled from her most intimate memories. It is at once a personal and universal journal in which we learn how the author ultimately finds a home for her heart with her beloved, and a home for her soul within the Jewish community, a community she makes stronger and kinder. In its pages, the reader cannot help but feel that renewal is ever a possibility.”

– Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson, President, The Wexner Foundation

  • "Through the book, Aronheim shows pride and determination but also love and compassion. “Soles of a Survivor” resonates with the lessons of staying positive and never, ever giving up."

– Sandra Dallas, Book Reviewer, Denver Post

  • “Nhi has shown all of the characteristics that define her life—toughness, resilience, compassion, and hope.  Those traits come through in this record of an extraordinary young woman’s continuing journey.  Vietnam and the United States will be linked in many ways for generations to come—most powerfully in the lives of people like Nhi.  Soles of a Survivor is an important addition to our continuing exploration of that relationship.  Even more, it is a story that should inspire us all.”

– Clarence R. Wyatt, author of Paper Soldiers: The American Press and the Vietnam War and President, Monmouth College

  • “…High talent alongside high energy and strong values are a tough combination to beat…. amazing and inspiring story.”

– Dr. John Roush, President Emeritus, Centre College

  • "Soles of a Survivor has more soul, empathy, and identity for every reader. Nhi's story is a life lesson in survival beyond our widest imagination today that rivals the Holocaust. In Nhi's willingness to forge on against all odds, she has proven that with hope, study, direction, consideration, appreciation, thankfulness, friendship, love, and the will to stand up for what is right, Nhi has become an inspiring icon for all of us. Just as Anne Frank is an inspiration and shining light, so is Nhi's book, "Soles of a Survivor," for each and every one of us to learn about tolerance, patience, and love for mankind!"

– S. Robert August, President, North Star Synergies, Inc.

  • "Told in straightforward, accessible prose, and with enormous generosity of spirit and searing honesty, Soles of a Survivor invites the reader into a woman’s heart — and her soul."

– Angela Himsel, Book Reviewer, Jewish Book Council

  • “…We read this book as part of a Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiative at our company because of her multi-country/ethnicity/faith upbringing and resulting message of bringing love and kindness as a primary intention vs. hate and separation as an alternative.”

–Michael Reynolds, Co-CEO, BioPharma Resource Groups