The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

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Read The Best We Could Do Online Free - 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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ISBN : 1419718770
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Natalie rated it ★★★★★

April 08, 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 pr...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2017

I still remember how I felt the first time I read the graphic memoir "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant", by Roz Chast. I wanted the world to read it... I laughed. I cried. I laughed and cried at the same time! And by the way.... I felt it should be required reading for anyone who had a...

Taryn rated it ★★★★★

March 12, 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 sto...

Mischenko rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 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...

Sam rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 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...

David rated it ★★★★☆

March 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 unders...

Tatiana rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2017

3.5 stars I 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). Fo...

Hristina rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 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 con...

Jenna rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 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 ve...

Louise rated it ★★★★★

June 08, 2017

This ranks up with the graphic bio Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood which sets a high bar for this genre. Americans to not always recognize that each immigrant has a back story. Many are survival stories like this one. This is a quick powerful read.

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