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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time

kdlawrence, October 3, 2007

Jeffrey Sachs has given me hope at a time of great despair. His data is fact based from a great deal of personal experience working to improve third world countries' economies. The bottom line is that he believes we CAN end poverty on the planet by 2025, and he details the specific ways we can do so.

He notes that economists must think like medical diagnosticians, carefully considering each of the many factors--different for each third world country--that contribute to their economic problems. Then, like any good doctor, an individual prescription (economic plan) must be written and followed for the particular country.

Jeffrey supplies detailed analyses of many countries, their particular problems, and why whatever economic plans have been applied have succeeded or failed.

I loved his approach, his ability to share complicated theories and issues in a way that any world citizen who is motivated can not only understand, but support.

Katherine Lawrence
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Dreams of the West: The History of the Chinese in Oregon 1850 - 1950 by Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and Portland State University and Ooligan Press
Dreams of the West: The History of the Chinese in Oregon 1850 - 1950

kdlawrence, October 3, 2007

An Oregonian for over 50 years, I've of course been marginally aware of Chinese cultural influence in the state--who hasn't been to Chinatown in Portland? However, until I read this book, I had no idea what a tremendous contribution has been made by the Chinese to the basic fabric of our economic success.

Did you know that CHINESE immigrants cleared 2/3 of the Oregon farmland that has been the basis of our strong agricultural presence? Did you know there were hug Chinese labor forces in the salmon canning industry and that there were Chinese gold miners in Oregon?

These and many other contributions of the Chinese to the culture and economy of Oregon are detailed in this wonderful account that includes many history pictures. I recommend this book to anyone interested in an accurate history of Oregon, which must include the contributions made by the many Chinese pioneers.

Katherine Lawrence
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Ricochet River by Robin Cody
Ricochet River

kdlawrence, October 3, 2007

Having myself grown up in a small Oregon town in the 1960's, I can assure you that Robin Cody has accurately captured this experience for others to share. He has woven a rich tapestry, taking you into a one-industry community where local high school sports heroes reign supreme and small town mentality clashes with any thing, person or idea that--simply by being different--challenges the cherished status quo. Where bright young people who dream of a life beyond the city limits despair of ever escaping.

Robin Cody's profound understanding and respectful rendering of all cultures represented--small town citizens; timber industry working class; teenagers and Native Americans--makes him my Tony Hillerman of the Pacific Northwest.

Katherine Lawrence
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The Weight of the Sun by Geronimo Tagatac
The Weight of the Sun

kdlawrence, September 27, 2007

Geronimo Tagatac has a gift--a thoughtful, descriptive voice using words that evoke a thousand pictures.

He relates the humble beginnings of immigrants as they find their way to the US through honest, hard farm labor. They retain a tenuous connection to their families (Philippine and work camp) holding onto the most basic and important values--simple shining truths and the love of parents for their children.

Tagatac poignantly shares the experience of second generation children finding their way in their new country: feeling different than and separate from the more privileged American children to which everything seemingly comes so easily; the pull of books and education--and the bridge it can build between the two cultures.

Tagatac's words instantly immerse the reader in the world he paints, allowing you to be a personal witness to the actions and feelings of the characters as they occur.

Touching, evocative, thoughtful, a reminder and lasting impression of the important things in life.

Katherine L
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