The Best We Could Do
The Best We Could Do
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Annotation: 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. Contains Mature Material
Catalog Number: #147627
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Adult Language Adult Language Mature Content Mature Content
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 327 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-419-71877-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-419-71877-9
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2016940170
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Word Count: 17,358
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 193830 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.4 / points:7.0 / quiz:Q70286
Lexile: GN600L
Guided Reading Level: T

National bestseller ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's 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 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 Bui'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 Bui'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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