Saturday, August 15, 2009

A determination to succeed

Book Review
No Dream Beyond My Reach: One woman's remarkable journey from Cambodian refugee to American MD - A memoir by Sopheap Ly, MD

I can't tell you that her book is a literary masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a book written from the heart by a survivor who is keen to impart her message of overcoming insurmountable odds with her can-do attitude. Books like this are meant to inspire others though for Doctor Sopheap Ly, her most important inspiration was her father and his memory. This she refers to constantly in her book as she weaves her story from her childhood in Phnom Penh, the dark days under Khmer Rouge control, as a refugee in Thailand through her arrival in Dallas at the age of sixteen and onto the years of challenges she faced before graduating from Howard University as a doctor, her dream fulfilled. She gives credit to countless people en route, who encouraged and supported her dream, though it was Sopheap Ly's own strength and determination to succeed that won the day. And full credit to her. She is a survivor and an achiever and her courageous story will certainly inspire others. You can read more about her story here.
No Dream Beyond My Reach was published by AuthorHouse in June this year and contains 43 black & white photographs in its 115 pages.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy, Dr. Sopheap Ly is an inspiration for Khmer people. She really lives the American dream. Congratulations, Doctor.

August 16, 2009 at 8:04 AM  

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