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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir (Paperback)

By Bui, Thi

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Now in paperback, Thi Sui's intimate and moving portrait of her family's journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America

ISBN 9781419718786
Barcode 9781419718786
Published 1 May 2018 by Abrams
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781419718786
ISBN-10 1419718789
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Abrams
Imprint Abrams ComicArts
Publication Date 1 May 2018
International Publication Date 17 April 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Bui, Thi
Category Award Winning
Biography & Autobiography: General
Graphic Novels
Immigration & Emigration
Number of Pages 344
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 229mm
Weight 300g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress Graphic novels, Vietnamese Americans, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Refugees - United States, Biographies
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 973.049592200922
Catalogue Code 769092

Description of this Book

AN ABA Indies Introduce Winter/ Spring 2017 Selection A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection Now in paperback, this critically acclaimed and beautifully illustrated emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Sui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first- time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent-the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home. In what Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls a book to break your heart and heal it, The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Sui's journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Booklist: Notable Books 2018 (United States) -- Winner of The American Book Awards 2018 (United States) -- Winner of San Francisco Public Library's 2018 selection for `One City One Book' program 2018 (United States) -- Winner of Ringo Award 2018 (United States) -- Short-listed for Eisner Awards 2018 (United States)
NZ Review In The Best We Could Do, Bui poignantly depicts her parents' journey and struggle from war-torn Vietnam in comic form-and it's one book you can't miss. Medium
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the boat people wave of refugees from Southeast Asia. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) has been selected as both an Indies Introduce and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers title, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is also the illustrator of A Different Pond, a children's book by Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017). Thi taught high school in New York City and was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. She currently teaches in the MFA in Comics program at the California College of the Arts. She lives in Berkeley with her son, her husband and her mother.

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