The Best We Could Do

Jacket art for graphic novel The Best We Could Do

  • Contributors: Thi Bui.
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  • Summary: The Best We Could Do, the debut graphic novel memoir by Thi Bui, is an intimate look at one family's journey form their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. 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.
  • Awards/Recognition:
    • ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction, 2018
    • Booklist Editors' Choice - Adult Nonfiction for Young Adults, 2017
    • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Graphic Novels & Comics, 2017
    • Harvey Awards Nominee for Book of the Year, 2018
    • Library Journal Best Graphic Novels
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Autobiography, 2017
    • Reading Women Award Nominee for Nonfiction, 2017
    • Ringo Award, 2018 (United States)
    • San Francisco Public Library's 2018 selection for 'One City One Book' program, 2018 (United States)
    • The American Book Awards, 2018 (United States)
    • Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best Reality-Based Work, 2018
    • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2018
    • No additional awards known of as of 10/1/2020. Please contact this project's researchers if you are aware of an award not listed.

  • Number of Pages: 327
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  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Publisher: Abrams Comicarts
  • ISBN: 9781419718786

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