The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do

An Illustrated Memoir

Book - 2017
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The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.
"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"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of ABRAMS, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
Multiscript Copyrightdate: 017
ISBN: 9781419718779
1419718770
Branch Call Number: GN 973.0495 B9321b 2017
Characteristics: 327 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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The birth of Bui's own son makes her look back at her family's own history, their journey from Vietnam to America in the 1970s to escape the war, and their struggles to build a new life. In this graphic novel memoir, as Bui observes what it means to be both a first-time parent and a child of immi... Read More »

A Vietnamese family struggles to adjust to a new life in America after the war in this graphic memoir.


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danielpslavik
Jan 22, 2019

July Bookclub Book

OPL_MichelleC Jan 17, 2019

Such an important and empathetic graphic memoir about Thi Bui's journey to understand her Vietnamese family and their immigration to the United States from South Vietnam.

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SakuraRose
Nov 15, 2018

Such an amazing story, thought-provoking about the refugee story and life as a new mother building a new family.

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SakuraRose
Nov 15, 2018

Such an amazing story, thought-provoking about the refugee story and life as a new mother building a new family.

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val_fromsocal
Oct 30, 2018

A great read that entices you with the characters. This is the first graphic novel that I've finished reading and have a deep interest in it.

OPL_KrisC Jul 31, 2018

A moving graphic novel memoir about one family's immigration journey from war-torn Vietnam to the United States and the daughter's subsequent life adjusting to first-time motherhood years later. The art is captivating and the story just draws you in and doesn't let go.

ArapahoeApril Jul 18, 2018

As Thi Bui has her first son, she reflects on what her parents sacrificed to give her and her siblings a better life. A story about family and bonds that can never be broken. Bui gives an honest portayal of what it was like living in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and having to seek refuge in America. Beautifully illustrated and told.

JCLCherylMY May 19, 2018

A stunning debut. While Thi Bui tells her family's story of escaping from Vietnam in the 1970's and making their way to the United States, she also explores motherhood, forgiveness, and understanding a parent's struggles from an adult's eye. One of my favorite quotes is: "But maybe being their child simply means that I will always feel the weight of their past." A beautiful biography. Perfect for book clubs and older students. Highly recommend.

KHCPL_Doug Apr 16, 2018

As a memoir, this starts out fairly typical. A daughter, now a mother, wondering who her parents were. But then it becomes a true story of her parents, and a history lesson on the tragedies and events of the Vietnam War. I ended up liking this graphic novel way more than expected. I was fascinated with the struggle and will to survive that some families and some individuals are forced to endure, and the true horror of war and the innocent (or not so innocent) victims. The art is so somber yet can be beautiful in places. By the end of the story, I felt like I knew her family and I knew the places they'd lived. It's a sorrowful but hopeful story. It's also timely--I couldn't help but relate their story to today's headlines of Syria and the refugee crisis. Different times but stories that are so sadly similar.

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shack19
Apr 08, 2018

I really can't see how anyone can give this less than 5 stars. This book really opened my eyes even further to the struggles of Vietnamese refugees, and the graphic novel format is an excellent one to express it.

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SakuraRose
Nov 15, 2018

"However much my body wanted to rest, a force pulled me onto my feet with clear and simple directive KEEP HIM ALIVE"

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SakuraRose
Nov 15, 2018

"What has worried me since having my own child was whether I would pass along some gene for sorrow or unintentionally inflict damage I could never undo. But when I look at my son, now ten years old, I don't see war and loss or Travis and me. I see a new life bound with mine quite by coincidence and I think maybe he can be free"

JCLCherylMY May 19, 2018

"That being my father's child, I, too, was a product of war ... and being my mother's child, I could never measure up to her. But maybe being their child simply means that I will always feel the weight of their past. Nothing that happened makes me special. But my life is a gift that is too great -- a debt I can never repay." pg. 325.

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Jan 31, 2018

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