The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do

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 do...

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Title:The Best We Could Do
Author:Thi Bui
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ISBN:1419718770
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages

The Best We Could Do Reviews

  • Sam
    Jan 20, 2017
    A heartfelt, engaging, comprehensive illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do really blew me away. I do not gravitate towards graphic novels as a format, but this book completely hooked me from the opening panels as Thi Bui embarks on her own journey of motherhood for the first time, and seeks to cl...
  • Natalie
    Apr 06, 2017
    The Best We Could Do brings to life author Thi Bui’s search for a better future while longing for a simpler past. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family.Alternating between the ...
  • Jolien
    Feb 17, 2017
    Review first published on my blog The Fictional ReaderWhen I saw this on Netgalley, I immediately wanted it. Not only do I want to read more graphic novels, I also want to read more non-fiction and diverse (+own voices) books. This graphic memoir combines all three into one spectacular book.I think ...
  • Taryn
    Jan 18, 2017
    Empathetic, honest, and emotional. A gorgeously illustrated memoir of a woman who looks to the past to understand her parents and her complicated relationship with them. In 1978, Thi Bui's parents fled South Vietnam with three young children and one on the way. The Best We Could Do tells the story ...
  • Mischenko
    Jan 22, 2017
    This is a graphic novel about a family's immigration from vietnam. Thi Bui has become a mother now in America, and wants to understand her families history. She then learns about her parents past and her own childhood. I found it so powerful, emotional, and eye opening. I enjoyed it immensely and th...
  • Hristina
    Jan 30, 2017
    The Best We Could Do features artwork so beautiful and story so intimate that I couldn't put it down. Thi Bui takes the reader along for a journey as she explores her family history and her relationships with her parents. The story is told in a relatable manner, it's poignant and it's easy to connec...
  • David Schaafsma
    Mar 10, 2017
    I read this graphic memoir in one sitting and found it affecting as a story and lovely to look at. It's a story that is familiar, the desire to understand the past of one's parents, and in becoming a parent, finding yourself in a better place to do so. Her parents divorced, but to help her understan...
  • Tatiana
    Apr 01, 2017
    3.5 starsI really liked the art and I definitely learned a lot about Vietnam's history.However it's a memoir. And, unfortunately, like with many memoirs, I often felt the author didn't dig deep enough or was reluctant to tell the whole truth (probably to, understandably, not hurt her parents). For a...
  • Jenna
    Mar 04, 2017
    I read this book in one sitting (breathless, emotionally turned inside-out) and you should too.Bui's family is different from mine in many ways, but I still experienced a sense of recognition on every page, as if her family life had been stitched together from patchwork pieces of mine, or vice versa...
  • Stewart Tame
    Apr 26, 2017
    A lovely story of a Vietnamese family. Through their story, we also get a look at the history of the country up until shortly after the fall of Saigon when they fled the country to the US. Through her parents' stories, Bui comes to understand her own childhood growing up in America better. The artwo...