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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations | Mira Jacob
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A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing."By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it's exactly the book America needs at this moment."--Celeste Ng "Who taught Michael Jackson to dance?" "Is that how people really walk on the moon?""Is it bad to be brown?" "Are white people afraid of brown people?" Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob's half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she's gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. "How brown is too brown?""Can Indians be racist?""What does real love between really different people look like?" Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation--and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions. Advance praise for Good Talk "Good Talk illuminates the increasingly fractured world we live in. By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it plunges fearlessly into the murky gray areas of race and family, of struggling to find common ground, of trying to talk to our children and help them make sense of it all."--Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere "A beautiful and eye-opening account of what it means to mother a brown boy and what it means to live in this country post-9/11, as a person of color, as a woman, as an artist . . . In Jacob's brilliant hands, we are gifted with a narrative that is sometimes hysterical, always honest, and ultimately healing."--Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn "Mira Jacob just made me toss everything I thought was possible in a book-as-art-object into the garbage. Her new book changes everything." --Kiese Laymon, New York Times bestselling author of Heavy
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razmanda
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I‘m tired and immensely sad and scared, kinda all the time, really, but especially today... but this graphic memoir at least makes me feel not so alone. So many panels could be lifted from my life, as can her fears and hopes for her child in this uncertain world.

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razmanda
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Oof. That one landed.

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RobinGustafson
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Beautiful and powerful graphic memoir! Just read it! #bookstagram #graphicmemoir

irre So good!! 3d
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Lupita.Reads
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FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR HANDS DOWN! GOOD TALK is a graphic memoir of complex conversations that the author has had with her son, strangers, family, and friends about what it's like to be a queer brown woman in the world. It‘s a book everyone should own & read!!!

Ashley_Nicoletto Ugh. It‘s so good. I want to give a copy to every person I know. 3w
Lindy Stacked! 3w
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Chasingmermaids
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A really great book that takes time to ask the hard questions about race and America. It will make you laugh only to make you cry and leave you haunted.

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FeministBookClub
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The hype is real around this graphic memoir by Mira Jacob. We‘re giving away a copy! Enter to win at bit.ly/FBCgiveaway34 #giveaway

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cherylmorton
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This book is everything. Love Mira Jacob and love her willingness to call us all (including herself and her husband) out for our racist assumptions.

Jeannie I finished this a few weeks ago and loved it! 3w
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Finished up this gut punch of a book earlier this evening. A thoughtful and thought-provoking graphic memoir of growing up Indian-American over the last 30 or so years, and of raising her biracial son in the current political climate. #24in48

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Amandajoy
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I somehow have about a half an hour to sit down & everyone is watching tv in other rooms. I shall enjoy this.

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Alternately quite funny and nearly heartbreaking, this unique nonfiction graphic novel memoir should be required reading. Somehow, trying to explain racism to a child makes it even more unsettling.

megnews I agree. The conversations with her son were definitely the toughest. 1mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves When he asked if his dad was scared of them....my heart shattered. 1mo
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I had a different book picked out from this, but this one kept jumping up and down saying choose me, choose me. Recently read and reviewed, I have to say again, read this graphic novel. Unique format. Important conversations.

#Talk #JulyColdPlay

SarahBradley Audience? 1mo
megnews @SarahBradley Adult/Young Adult 1mo
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MelissaSue81
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#booked2019 graphic novel selection. Jacob does a good job of showing what it is like to live as a racial minority in America. Reviews said Hilarious and I truly didn‘t find much funny about it, but it was honest for sure. @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Really want to get to this one. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick. Thanks for the review! 2mo
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Jeannie
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This is my current reading stack. Just started Good Talk and it‘s so good. I‘ve already read Binti, but I‘m reading the new short story in this edition and love it. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie does not disappoint with her short stories. And my daughter and I are reading Rosie Revere out loud - it‘s a quick read (maybe ages 7-9/10) but we‘re both enjoying the historical anecdotes about Rosie the Riveter.

AutumnRLS Binti is the best! 2mo
Jeannie @AutumnRLS Agreed! :) 2mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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😭🖤😭🖤

mreads Such a good book ❤ 2mo
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Skeebies05
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I actually listened to this one on audio- not sure how it would work. It was amazing! I snort laughed within the first few minutes.

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Amandajoy
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Treated myself to a couple for books from MyTBR recommendation and bought the kids books too. The little on had already taken her book to her room to read before I could take the picture. #getTBR

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FeministBookClub
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Getting lots of good reading done this weekend!

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A couple chapters left and I‘ve been speeding through the book from where I last picked up! I don‘t want it to end. Mira Jacob has done such a splendid job writing and illustrating this book that to read at the pace I‘ve been reading is too much. I will cherish this book for all the range of emotions, thoughts, and ideas it‘s given me. My copy is currently an (overdue) library book but soon (really soon I hope) I‘ll have a personal copy of my own.

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“We think our hearts break only from endings — the love gone, the rooms empty, the future unhappening as we stand ready to step into it — but what about how they can shatter in the face of what is possible?”

The search for the one is idealized, longingly craved... to feel safe, to know that a great life lies ahead with someone that “understands parts of you that you thought no one ever would, and is rumored to exist!” Are you there? ❤️✨

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“YOU ARE AN AMERICAN. I DON‘T CARE WHEN YOUR PARENTS CAME HERE. THEY ARE AMERICANS, TOO. DON‘T YOU EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT YOU‘RE NOT. DO YOU HEAR ME?”

This quote is intense and capitalized because of its urgency. It‘s necessary reminder to the younger generation that‘s just figuring out how the world works. Inclusivity>Hatred. I wish I had someone force that statement of belonging into my heart when I was younger...so much needed back then

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WolfReader
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Pick this up now.

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Eyelit Yikes. That‘s awful. 3mo
AnnaClark Gross 3mo
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Loving this!

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Allietaylor16
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Today‘s #libraryhaul!

valeriegeary 👏👏👏 3mo
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RebeccaH
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This book is so good! Important and moving.

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HotCocoaReads
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Graphic memoir is quickly becoming a new favorite genre of mine. This books reads quickly, it‘s funny and is so important on so many levels. It‘s a strange world we live in and trying to make sense of it is still difficult for adults, not to mention kids (the questions her son asks is part of the brilliance of this book). All I can say is—read this book!

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MagdaRosol
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A great graphic novel with a serious discussion about race and immigration, but also with some giggles.

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When your favorite bookseller @Kenny AND your MyTBR bibliologist recommend the same book, you HAVE to read it 💁🏻‍♀️

This is a book America needs right now. It‘s Mira Jacob‘s story of being a first-generation American, told in the conversations she‘s had about her experiences, both shared & unique.

5 ⭐️ - can‘t recommend this one enough.

Kenny LOVE THIS BOOK. 3mo
Sweettartlaura @Kenny It‘s beautiful, both inside & out 3mo
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irre
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Lots of great books this month.
9 audio books.
Favorites:
Good Talk
Shout
This Is a Story of a Happy Marriage

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A good month! 📖💖 4mo
rather_be_reading 👏👏 4mo
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NotCool
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That was a gut punch. The author trying to explain to her mixed race child why his grandparents voted for Trump, when she doesn‘t understand it herself is not an easy moment to read about. But it‘s nice to know that other people are dealing with the same bafflement and sadness. Don‘t get me wrong, it‘s a funny book. But the last part deals with the 2016 election and it‘s sticking with me.

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Great graphic memoir about being a person of color in America today and answering your mixed race child‘s hard questions. Many issues in this book arise in my own life and I found it to be a validating and important read.

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Evening read 📖☕️

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mreads
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Graphic memoir told in conversations the author had answering the questions of her half Indian half Jewish 6 year old son. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she‘s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality.

Artwork is an interesting blend of photos and collage cut out illustrations (as picture)

#booked2019 13. Genrebusting @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen This sounds fascinating!!!! #Stacked 🙌🏻Although I wasn‘t such a fan of her novel 4mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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So VERY excited about today‘s book mail.

irre It was great! 4mo
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An absolute banger, a one-sitting read. The subtitle for Jacob‘s memoir, “A Memoir in Conversations”, absolutely nails how we speak to one another - and it‘s accomplished in such a unique style of graphic art (almost collage-like). And she gets at the hard conversations about racism, colorism, having a mixed-race child/family, sexism, microaggressions, politics - which become even harder when the questions are being asked by her own young child.

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irre
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This was so so good!!

JamieArc When I was looking up books that would be published this year, I was really excited about this one. Thanks for the reminder! 5mo
megnews I just read this. We read so many of the same books! 5mo
irre @megnews Good taste 😜 5mo
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I have a book hangover. So, so, so good.

irre I have a couple of pages left and I agree. Excellent!! 5mo
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nomadreader
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I will use these wise words with my best friends when we talk about what, when and how much to tell our kids. 🙌

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irre I‘m picking up that book from the library today. 5mo
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megnews
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I love this book and Mira. I liked the format of a memoir in conversations and going back and forth between her conversations with her son and her life before from dealing with colorism among her family as a child to dating to her cross cultural marriage.
I highly recommend checking this one out.

Book 115/165 4/4/19

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megnews
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A memoir in conversations, things said and left unsaid between a mother and her son. The age old question of how much is too much/too little for children.

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My library holds came in! #libraryhaul 📚

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Dorianna
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I stayed up way too late last night because I couldn‘t stop reading this, and made peace with the fact that I would be extra tired at work because I wasn‘t going to stop until I had read it all in one sitting. Jacob‘s memoir is both funny and heart breaking, and very important. This is definitely a book to pick up this year.

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