The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

Title

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

Authors

Thi Bui

Publisher

Harry N. Abrams

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781419718779

Pages

336 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

GN600L

Diversity Topics

Culture/Ethnicity; Bicultural; Immigrants and refugees; bicultural family; immigrant family; refugee family

Main Character

adult female

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Vietnamese)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Graphic Novel
Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, 2018, Winner, Mosaic Award
Notable Books, 2018 Non Fiction
Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2017 Non Fiction
School Library Journal Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2017 Graphic Novel
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2018 Non Fiction

Keywords

Vietnam; childbirth; siblings; teacher; California; family history; college; Vietnam War

Diversity Impact

direct

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