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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Out of the Box Publishing Company, LLC (January 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615340660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615340661
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,056,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One makes their way through life by meeting challenges head on.
Midwest Book Review
I love to read, and have read a lot of great books, but "Living in the Heartland" is one of the most well-written books I've ever read.
L. Ditz
Ms Ferris-Olson writes an excellent story that can inspire others ot lead a life of purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Faith A. Draper on March 10, 2010
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Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women's Stories by Pamela Ferris-Olson gives a unique look into the lives and history of three minority women. These women have endured hardships similar to many women in America. However, they have done so, while at the same time struggling with the problems that come with being part of a minority group.

The author has written the book in a way that leaves the reader feeling like they have met the three 'extraordinary women' in person. Rather than a straight biography form of writing, Ferris-Olson has written Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women's Stories to include interviews, thoughts and letters from the women themselves, as well as input from friends, family, and counter-parts.

The three women in the book are not Nobel Peace Prize winners; notable movie stars, or married to a famous politician. Once reading the book and these women's stories though, you will walk away with a feeling each one deserves a special award. You might not expect to find three remarkable heroines in the Heartland of America, but in sharing the ladies struggles, determination, and successes you will no doubt look differently at minority groups.

As Pamela Ferris-Olson states: "Ife, Nancy, Ellyn, and the other women openly and earnestly shared their stories with me. They believed in this project. I owe it to them to see their stories are told so others might benefit."

First, you will meet Nancy. A Native American who is proud of her heritage but at the same time struggled with the confines of the reservation and the limits of a future imposed there. Nancy joined the United States Navy but struggled with issues of self-esteem, abusive relationships, and isolation. None of it stopped her from pursuing a better life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Spokane on February 12, 2010
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"Living..." is a series of imtimate stories about three women, facing real challeges that can easily become overwhelming. These women "stay with the program" and and are making a difference in the world. Ms Ferris-Olson writes an excellent story that can inspire others ot lead a life of purpose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2010
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One makes their way through life by meeting challenges head on. "Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women's Stories" is a collection of memoirs recorded by Pamela Ferris-Olson as she seeks to tell the life stories of three particular women who rose up and faced the challenges of their life and what made them above others with their attitudes that stood against the grain. For those seeking stories of inspirational women, "Living in the Heartland" is intriguing and highly worthwhile reading.
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Format: Paperback
Author: Pamela Ferris-Olson
ISBN: 978-0-615-34066-1
Publisher: Out of the Box Publishing Company LLC
Living in the Heartland - Three Extraordinary Women's Stories

Living in the Heartland is much more than emotionally gripping stories about the life challenges of three minority women--Nancy the Native American, Ife from a devout Muslim family, and Elyn the Korean who was adopted as a child by Americans. Pamela Ferris-Olson weaves her narrative writing skills with profound storytelling capability to take the reader on a complex journey into the personal lives of these women. Their stories rise above personal trials and tribulations, break vicious circles of mental and physical abuse, alcoholism, and addiction. Living in the Heartland is about finding one's inner strength to become all that you can be despite social, ethnic, and religious limitations. These women from the Heartland of America are a shining light to women all over the world. Read Living in the Heartland and weep with joy.

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