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Daughter of Pearl S. Buck publishes memoir


From an alley in Korea to the green hills of Bucks County, Julie Henning shares an Amerasian girl’s story of “Divine Care” through poverty to life in America with the release of “A Rose in a Ditch,” a personal memoir.

In her memoir, recently released on Amazon, Henning takes readers on a journey from her Amerasian roots to her life with Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, and “finally into the family of God.”

Post-war South Korea was a lonely place for Goo Sooni, a mixed-race girl determined to survive poverty, starvation and discrimination and make her loving mother proud of her. Sooni became Julie.

Although her birth mother, Jung Song Ja, never lived to see the “beautiful rose” Julie became, two other mothers – Buck and Jean Price – raised Julie to “stand tall where God planted her.”

Raised as Buck’s daughter, Henning is a retired educator from the Souderton Area School District, a wife, mother and grandmother. Her husband, Doug, is the family care pastor at their church in Perkasie.

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