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The Best We Could Do
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir | Thi Bui
An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one familys journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui. This beautifully illustrated and 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 familys 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 Buis story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parentthe 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 Prizewinning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls a book to break your heart and heal it, The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Buis 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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janeycanuck
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Powerful and moving with beautiful illustrations.

Book 1/3 for #JoysofJune (my #ReadMyOwnDamnBook book)

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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This was the perfect medium to tell this story. I really like nonfiction graphic novels, they can express so much, and the use of color (or lack of) throughout this story is highly impactful.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"I read Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, all the authors of the era"
I always find it fun when you are reading 2 books and one of them (or the author) is mentioned in the other ?

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Kenyazero
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A gorgeous artwork reflecting on lives torn apart by war. Thi Bui examines how war and political upheaval impacted her parents throughout their whole lives, shows her family‘s harrowing escape from communist forces in Vietnam, and recounts the struggles they faced as refugees in America. Content warnings for war, death, child and infant death, difficult pregnancy, PTSD, racism, and other difficult content. #GraphicMemoir #Nonfiction #Vietnam

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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June #bookspinbingo board!

Love a clean board! Excited to see what this month brings.
@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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kayleigh7747
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This is a beautifully crafted graphic memoir that tells the story of a family coming to the US during the Vietnam War. It also tells the story of parents who are doing the best they can, and how their daughter learns how to understand and emphasize when them as an adult.

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vivastory
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#12Booksof2021 Continuing with books that I did not choose for #Top21of21 Not because I didn't love them as much as the ones that I posted but bc I read a lot of books this yr that I loved. I have posted several times about my love for graphic memoirs & The Best We Could Do remains one of the best 8 months after reading it in #April. Honorable mention for other April books: Shaun Tan's The Arrival, Richard Wright's The Man Who Lived Underground👇

vivastory & Alex Finlay's Every Last Fear @andrew65 11mo
Andrew65 This sounds very different and interesting. 11mo
GatheringBooks Definitely one of the best graphic novel memoirs out there. 11mo
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MallenNC
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I really like graphic memoirs. Something about having the illustrations makes the story stick with me better. In this book the author shares the story of her parents before and after the war in Vietnam, their immigration to the U.S., and how their experiences affected her life. I thought it was great. Counting for a prompt for #Nonfiction2021 something about immigrants/newcomers

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like a great read! 1y
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vivastory
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#midyearfaves Day 7 Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do was not the first exceptional graphic memoir I read this year. That honor goes to Mira Jacob's dialogic work about immigration & the immigrant experience in America: Good Talk. Thi Bui's work treads similar ground, but from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees. The story, coupled with the subdued watercolor artwork, was brilliant. I also learned about the First Indochina War, a subject👇

vivastory I knew very little about prior to reading this book. This book really blew my mind & cemented graphic memoir as one of my most loved genres. 1y
BarbaraBB I‘ve only recently discovered graphic memoirs but feel similar. This one sounds like a must read too. 1y
vivastory @BarbaraBB Based on your love of Persepolis, I think you'd really like this one 1y
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Megabooks I, too, am really enjoying graphic nonfiction these days. 1y
vivastory @Megabooks I saw your review of Backderf's latest. I thought it was wonderful. If you haven't read his book Trashed, I highly recommend it 1y
Megabooks I just read your review of Trashed. It looks really interesting. I‘ll have to see if hoopla has it. My Friend Dahmer is on my list, too. I definitely recommend Kent State. Very well done and on hoopla, if you have access. 1y
vivastory @Megabooks I loved Kent State. One of my faves of the year. 1y
Megabooks Ah! Didn‘t realize you‘d already read it. 👍🏻 I picked up this one at the NYRB sale awhile back. I haven‘t gotten to it yet, though. Have you read it? 1y
vivastory @Megabooks I've never heard of it before, but it looks interesting. Adding to my TBR. I think the next graphic memoir I read will be Epileptic. I've heard so many great things about it. 1y
DGRachel I‘ve read a couple graphic memoirs over the last few years and they are about the only way I can read memoirs. Standard prose memoirs just do not work for me for some reason. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Between you and @Megabooks my TBR has just expanded! 1y
Megabooks That sounds interesting, too! Thanks! 1y
vivastory @DGRachel I'm the same with prose memoirs. I like them in theory, but just never feel particularly compelled to read them. They do make good audio books for long road trips. 1y
DGRachel Yes! I stopped buying prose memoirs because I know I‘ll just buy/borrow the audiobook to read it. 1y
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zurazureen
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Story about migrant kid who is now a mother who reflect back on her family history back in Vietnam 🇻🇳 And the bittersweet memories of relationship between parents and children, war, survival and growing up

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vivastory
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A word about the often subdued, yet incredibly effective, art in Bui's stunning graphic memoir. To quote “Hue & Motif in The Best We Could Do“ from americanwomenincomics.wordpress “The many illustrations in The Best We Could Do are colored using a single red-orange hue in the form of watercolors, along with black and white structural drawings to show definition. The entire graphic novel uses varying degrees of this singular color, which begs the👇

vivastory question of its symbolic meaning.“ There are only a few multi-page illustrations & the artwork in those pages was an important part of the story that Bui is telling, equal parts artistic finesse & great emotional impact. Bui's memoir focuses on her parents, specifically their vastly different childhood & adolescent experiences in Vietnam during the First Indochina War. I'm a bit ashamed to say that this is a period of history of which I know 2y
vivastory little & it is one of the strengths of graphic memoirs that they are able to fill in educational gaps. Bui demonstrates how these experiences impacted her parents & subsequently shaped her family, as she became a mother herself. There was some beautiful, & insightful, dialogue lines about family dynamics. It would be a bit reductive to label this book as one thing: it's not only a harrowing tale of an immigrant experience, a look at 2y
vivastory anti-Asian racism in America, the lasting impact of colonization, untangling family dynamics & attempting forgiveness etc. Rather, it is all of these & more. 2y
Centique That is a beautiful review! 2y
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DrexEdit This was a really moving story. 💜 2y
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Catsandbooks
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3.5/5 ⭐️ I found this memoir to be illuminating, but very sad.

#FoodandLit #vietnam

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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This illustrated memoir follows three generations of a family escaping Vietnam to make a better life for themselves, beyond the struggles of war and Communism. As Thi Bui becomes a mother herself, she begins to wrestle with the emotions and sacrifices of a mother while taking her past role as daughter. The artwork isn't my favorite with simple drawings and a limited color palette, but it is effective in setting the scene.
It's a bit like Maus.

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ChasingOm
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My immersion into Vietnam for #FoodandLit.
I‘ve been SUPER unmotivated to lately, but the tagged book has been on my TBR for years and, as a graphic memoir, I‘m finding it easier to get into. I also read a travel guide, tagged in the comments.

Food is Chao Ga (Rice Soup with Chicken) from Milk Street. I think it needed a little more saltiness for me. 🤔

Texreader I‘ve been trying to find this book. No luck so far 2y
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ChasingOm @Texreader I checked it out through Hoopla, if you have access to that! 2y
ElizaMarie I really enjoyed this book.. it had so much more history than I had expected. Also your soup looks great! Maybe saltines? 2y
Bookworm54 @Texreader I found it on scribd if you have that :) 2y
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Megabooks
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This is what a great graphic memoir can be. It shows, through the lens of her own, her parents, and her grandparents lives, the deep schism and trauma the #Vietnam War created in everyday citizens. Bui was very young when she left Saigon for a refugee camp, but the trauma her parents experienced had a deep effect on her childhood. The book tries to answer the above questions in light of the birth of her first child. #foodandlit #readingasia2021

BarbaraBB Is it as good a graphic novel as 2y
kspenmoll Great review! 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s different. More emotional. But also extremely good. 2y
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Megabooks @kspenmoll thank you!! 2y
Librarybelle Great review! 2y
Butterfinger Loved your review. 2y
Texreader Lovely review! 2y
ScientistSam I loved this book, it's fantastic! 2y
Megabooks @ScientistSam it definitely is! 2y
Bookworm54 What a great review! :) 2y
Megabooks @Bookworm54 thank you!! 2y
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eccburnham
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Read this for Bham Book Club - good discussion on memoirs! Beautiful book.

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ElizaMarie
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#FoodAndLit #Vietnam @Texreader

Thank you @Butterfinger for recommending this one to me. It was such a beautiful story with such history in it. Much more history than I had known about.

#BookSpinBingo
@TheAromaOfBooks

#FabulousFebruary @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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Daisey
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I don‘t think my noodle bowl turned out quite as impressive looking as a few I‘ve seen and I prefer the pork in banh mi form, but it was fun to try.

The graphic memoir was a wonderful read, and I felt the art portrayed the emotion of the story very well.

#Memoir #Hoopla
#ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #ReadingAsia2021 #FoodAndLit #Vietnam

Butterfinger It looks good to me. 2y
Daisey @Butterfinger It was good, but not quite as good as the sandwich! 2y
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AmyK1
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When Thi‘s son is born she starts thinking about what it means to be a parent. She thinks back to her family‘s life in Vietnam, their escape when she was a child and their new life in America.

This was my first graphic novel and I enjoyed it.
The fruit drink was the only thing I could find specifically from Vietnam in the grocery store. All 4 of us tried it and all thought it was okay. #foodandlit @Butterfinger @Texreader

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Bookworm54
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My first completed read for #Vietnam is this graphic novel.

While adjusting to being a new mother, Thi Bui considers what it takes to be a parent and how impossible it seems to be a parent while still being someone‘s child. She documents the story of her family in Vietnam, and their escape to America where they built a new life for themselves.

A beautiful and raw memoir (but disclaimer, I wasn‘t a huge fan of the art style!)

#FoodAndLit

Butterfinger I enjoyed reading your review. 2y
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ElizaMarie
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I love Pho its so so comforting. I wish I was able to get some chicken or veggie pho today :( I see how that would bring you “home“

#FoodandLit @Butterfinger @Texreader @jb72

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ElizaMarie
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Was able to download this one from Hoopla today. Its pretty gripping so far!

#FoodandLit @Butterfinger @Texreader @jb72

mdm139 I am on the waitlist for it 2y
Butterfinger I love the cover. So poignant. 2y
ElizaMarie @mdm139 you are gonna really enjoy it. I am loving it so far. The artwork is so nicely done too! 2y
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Catsandbooks
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Hoping to work through most of these in February ❤️

#FoodandLit #LMPBC #BOTMBacklog

Texreader When I lived in Austin I had a friend we called Sue because we couldn‘t pronounce her first name but her last name was Bui, and she spoke often about her and her family‘s escape from Vietnam. This graphic novel sounds so similar to her experience!! 2y
Catsandbooks @Texreader I'm about halfway through it and it's sad to read about what her family and so many others went through. Very eye opening for me. 2y
Texreader @Catsandbooks There was a girl in my daughter‘s class when they were in elementary whose family escaped from Burma. I recall being told how her family sometimes had to sleep in trees during their trek. 😢 2y
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Catsandbooks @Texreader oh my goodness, that's so awful! My heart goes out to refugees and our immigrants! (edited) 2y
Chrissyreadit I‘m fascinated by Viet Nam now. My entire knowledge has only been about the war. I‘m looking forward to changing that. 2y
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Cinfhen
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Similar to Persepolis, this memoir told through the medium of art is visually impactful. Blending the history of the once French Indochina region, from the 1930‘s until present day, the author/illustrator shares her family‘s personal struggle both in their native home and then once in America. The sepia color drawings really add to the narrative. The author highlights how the pain of trauma is often handed down to the next generations.

Cinfhen I think you‘re gonna like this one @Hestapleton #LiveAndLearn 🤓 2y
Cinfhen You might enjoy it too @Megabooks and @TrishB (edited) 2y
Cinfhen You should consider it for #Vietnam @Librarybelle 💕 2y
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Megabooks It‘s on my shelf! I can see it across the room. 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha @Megabooks 🙌🏻💕Pick it up one day 😘😘 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds good, I‘ve read a few graphic memoirs now and was surprised how well it worked in this medium. 2y
Kalalalatja I already have it Stacked, but your review made me want to stack it again 👌 2y
Hestapleton @Cinfhen it‘s on my January list! 2y
TrishB I‘m rubbish with graphic novels! Hubby has hundreds of them, I don‘t think my brain thinks in pictures. 2y
Addison_Reads I loved this graphic memoir. Great choice. 💚 2y
Librarybelle I think I will consider it! I like your comparison with Persepolis, which I loved! 2y
Caryl Isn‘t this a beautiful book? I want to read it again now! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Librarybelle my I also suggest the March trilogy by and about John Lewis and 2y
Librarybelle @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read the first in the March trilogy, and that is definitely another excellent graphic novel! Very moving. 2y
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Cinfhen
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Librarybelle Graphic novels are not my usual reading either 2y
Hestapleton I was JUST debating about starting this one! 2y
BarbaraBB I am thinking of a graphic novel for Iran 2y
Cinfhen This is VERY SIMILAR in style @BarbaraBB 2y
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ShelleyBooksie
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First memoir that I have read in graphic novel format. Very educational and also touching.

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stretchkev
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#20best2020, The Best We Could Do seems thematic given the year that has been 2020. Well the least depressing given the choices.

Hard to read titles include: Fever Dream, The Memory Police, and Timefulness

Thanks for the tag @Graywacke

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ReadingOver50
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Following the birth of her child, a woman begins writing about her parents life in Vietnam and their subsequent immigration to the United States. Told in graphic novel form, the story is compelling. I knew just the barest facts about the recent history of Vietnam. This book really opened my eyes. Her parents lives were fascinating.

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mklong
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Hey there #LMPBC friends! What do you all think of these three choices? @REPollock @cwarnier @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan I've read Nimona and it's cute. I have wanted to do Monsters and have even checked it out and just never gotten to it in time. 2y
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Verity I really liked Nimona, haven‘t read the other two. 2y
REPollock Haven‘t read any of them & they all look good! 2y
cwarnier I am game for any of them. I have not read any as of now. Nimona looks interesting. 2y
LibrarianRyan Hello. I was wondering if you had chosen yet? 2y
mklong @LibrarianRyan Hey there. Since you have read Nimona already, I think I‘ll go with My Favorite Thing is Monsters. Looking forward to it! @REPollock @cwarnier 2y
LibrarianRyan @mklong That is awesome!. Thanks for letting me know.

And for the group @REpollock @cWarner I was in office Depot yesterday and they now make a transparent post it. so you can see what is underneath. I bought some for my book.
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mklong @librarianryan How cool! 2y
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TheBookDream
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A memoir of a woman who fled Vietnam as a child, looking into her family‘s past and pondering how it affected them. Beautiful 😭 #hoopla

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is a #ownvoices personal story but it‘s so much more than just a family‘s journey from war-torn Vietnam to the US in the 70s. Every immigrant story is about real people & this memoir captures how the trauma & shadows of the past never really leave any immigrants, in many cases, are pass on to the next generation. It also provides a glimpse into a historical background from the French colonial rule over IndoChina 🔽

erzascarletbookgasm (cont.) to events that lead to the Vietnam War, & its aftermath. Though haunting, devastating, it offers flickers of hope for a better future for the family. 2y
Kalalalatja Great review! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Katja! Hope you‘re doing well. @Kalalalatja 2y
Kalalalatja I‘m doing okay, just taking everything a day at a time 😊 how about Jessie, you doing okay? 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja Some days are stressful, but I‘m escaping into books. Books and Litsy make me hang in there. Take care, friend. 💕 2y
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Twocougs
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It‘s important for me to read a book like this every so often to remind myself how lucky I am. Life during war, having to flee your home and settle in a whole new country- we need to honor these people and their experiences.

charl08 Yes. Powerful read. 3y
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maleahrae
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Just realized I never posted this!!
Millennial Author: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Hat/Head Covering: My Sister the Serial Killer
Subject New to Me: One of Us
Set in Hollywood: Shopaholic to the the Stars
#covercrush: Prognosis
Finish in a Day: The Best We Could Do

#booked2020 #winter
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

Cinfhen We already picked our first quarter winner so I‘ll carry these over for the #SpringDrawing (end of June) 😁 3y
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉 This is your (other) #OfficialSpringEntry for #Booked2020 🌻🌈💕📚 3y
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UnabridgedPod
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Thi Bui's gorgeous graphic memoir The Best We Could Do is an exploration of her family history and of her own identity. Born in Vietnam, Thi immigrates to the United States with her parents and her three siblings. Upon the birth of her first child, Thi is moved to understand her own life as the child of her parents so that she can better understand her new identity as a parent herself.⠀⬇️

UnabridgedPod The book tracks the stories her parents tell, as well as the process of uncovering them, of asking and of listening, of being locked out and of doors into memory being opened. The art is lovely, a subtle and muted wash covering the story, and the story itself is just as lovely. Though each member of her family certainly has cause to hold on to old resentments, this book is ultimately about grace, empathy, understanding, and forgiveness. ⬇️ 3y
UnabridgedPod It's a book of history, covering the situation in Vietnam back to the 1930s, and a book about dreams and realities. I could not have loved it more.⠀

What are some of your favorite memoirs? Any favorite graphic memoirs?
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alisonrose
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As with other graphic memoirs I‘ve read recently, I think this was the perfect medium to tell her story. The combination of the words and artwork and colors made it so immediate and gripping. I learned a lot from this too, way more than you learn in American schools about this war. Did struggle a bit with how the timeline moved around and wish there was more from their life in the states. But overall very poignant and important. 4/5 ⭐️

Leftcoastzen I found it so heartfelt. 3y
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alisonrose
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Decided to pick up another graphic memoir, and definitely wanted to read this on a weekend because it‘s oddly heavy! It‘s 329 pages but I guess because of the type of paper used in a graphic work versus a regular book, it adds a lot more heft. 💪🏻 #nowreading

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librarygoddess619
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A moving story of a family's immigration to America from Vietnam during the Vietnam war era. I heard the author speak about this graphic novel several years ago at Comic-Con International and have been wanting to read it ever since. This was a library read.

Leftcoastzen I was so moved by this book. 3y
librarygoddess619 @Leftcoastzen me, too. I was surprised by it's power, considering it's format. I guess I shouldn't be... there are a lot of moving graphic novels, but wow this was a good one! 😁 3y
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QueenG
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ʙᴏᴏᴋ #𝟣𝟧 ᴏғ 𝟤0𝟤0 ✨. ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴍʏ ᴄᴜsᴛᴏᴍᴇʀ ᴛᴏʟᴅ ᴍᴇ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴀɴᴅ ɪ ɢᴏᴛ ɪᴛ ʟᴏɴɢ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴀɢᴏ ʙᴜᴛ ʜᴀᴠᴇɴ‘ᴛ ʀᴇᴀᴅ ɪᴛ ʏᴇᴛ ᴜɴᴛɪʟ ɴᴏᴡ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘʀᴇᴛᴛʏ ᴇxᴄɪᴛᴇᴅ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ɪᴛ. 📚✔️ ɪᴛ‘s ᴀʟsᴏ ᴍʏ ғɪʀsᴛ ɢʀᴀᴘʜɪᴄ ɴᴏᴠᴇʟ.

#thebestwecoulddo #thibui #graphicnovel #excited #2020 #15

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maleahrae
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This was a quick read, but impactful. I didn't know graphic novels could be like this. I want to read more! I loved the illustrations and how at times they told the story with no words. Highly recommend!
#booked2020 Finish in a Day
#readharder Graphic Memoir
#litsyatoz B
@barbarathebibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I‘ve heard this GN is really well done 💙must check it out 😃 3y
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ScientistSam
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This is both beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, narrating the story of the author's family's time in Vietnam and flight to the US as refugees. It's also a moving exploration of the relationship between parents and children, and how we view and define each other.

5⭐ Highly recommended

la_rose_noire Thanks for sharing. Just added it to my stack! 3y
Crazeedi Nice review, sounds good! 3y
ScientistSam Thanks @la_rose_noire @Crazeedi hope you enjoy it if you get to it! 3y
Crazeedi @ScientistSam you said the magic words, if I can get to it, lol 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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I absolutely LOVED this graphic memoir!!! Family saga starting in Vietnam, then on to boat to Malaysian refugee camp and finally, to America. All the trials and tribulations of living in a war torn country and the emotional scars from that. Great debut!

Leftcoastzen I loved it too. 3y
NeedsMoreBooks Loved this 💕 3y
ju.ca.no Sounds great🤩 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Leftcoastzen I think I owe you thanks...pretty sure it was your post that made me request it from the library!!📚❤️ 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Coffee with condensed milk and opium? Uhmmm, never saw that at Starbucks. Lol. I LOVE graphic memoirs. This specific graphic is in Saigon.

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Leftcoastzen
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I learned a lot about the Vietnamese to immigrant experience as the author investigates her family history,warts and all.Beautifully drawn.Her family does the best it can under difficult circumstances,hence the appropriate title.Highly recommended.

NeedsMoreBooks Read this a few days back. Tragic and beautiful 3y
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Bui chronicles the story of how her parents left Vietnam in 1978 for the US. It is stark because of the colors used in the panels- shades of black, white, and dull red. Despite being a memoir, it also shows Vietnam‘s history: how her parents grew, her grandparents‘ stories, the political situation, and the trauma associate with war, displacement, being a refugee, and how the past lives on. #NFNov #graphicnovel

Clwojick Another one that's been on my radar for a while. I love a good NF Graphic. Thanks for reminding me about it. 6pt. 3y
NeedsMoreBooks @Clwojick you are most welcome and thank you! 3y
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AmberWB
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This wasn‘t what I had expected but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I have always loved history, but as I get older, I am finding myself more interested in the aftermath of historical events and how people dealt with them. In this case, the focus was the lives of a Vietnamese family after fleeing Vietnam prior to the end of the war. These types of experiences are unfortunately not found in textbooks.

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JanuarieTimewalker13 Great quote!! I‘m enjoying this book!! 3y
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Soubhiville
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I think this is my favorite graphic novel I‘ve read. It‘s the story of the author‘s family moving to the US from Vietnam. There is a lot of history of the political changes in Vietnam from the 40‘s to the late 70‘s, of which I didn‘t know much. But the family dynamic is the strongest element here. Very good book!
#Igor snuggles 🙂 #CatsOfLitsy

Lindy I love this book too. ❤️ 3y
Nute Cute face! An important story! 3y
JoScho Love me some Igor ❤️ 3y
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alysonimagines What a cute reading buddy! 😻 3y
AmyG Igor is so sweet. ❤️ 3y
BakingAndBooks Best reading cat ever. I really want one. 3y
AmberWB I have this one on my TBR shelf- your review may inspire me to pick it up next! 3y
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Soubhiville
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You caught me on a Litsy mug day @dariazeoli ! Here‘s my #MondayMorningBeverage, it‘s just black tea, as I finish the tagged book before my exciting day of renewing my car registration, grocery shopping, and taking a load of stuff to a charity shop.

Happy Monday everyone! Let‘s see your Monday Mugs!

WanderingBookaneer Mine is also black tea! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz I love that litsy mug! Is it sold online? 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Monday beautiful ☺️❤️ 3y
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Soubhiville @Jee_HookedOnBookz as far as I know the mugs have only been used for prizes from @Litsy so far. @TimSpalding should know the answer though... 3y
britt_brooke Love it!! 3y
Gissy Love that mug!😍❤️❤️❤️ 3y
AmyG Have a wonderful week! DMV on a Monday? 😬 (edited) 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Soubhiville thank you! ❤️ 3y
dariazeoli Sounds like a Productive day! Hope it was easy 👍 3y
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Powerful graphic memoir. Thi Bui traces her parents past through the Vietnam war and their journey to the US. She explores the transition from being a child into parenthood and the shift of how we view our own parents. Thi comes to see her parents as individuals and not just as a characters in her life story. That shift of perspective feels universal and very powerful. Wonderful book. Highly recommend!

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