- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419718770
- ISBN-13: 978-1419718779
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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"In creatively telling a complicated story with the kind of feeling words alone rarely relay, The Best We Could Do does the very best that comics can do. This is a necessary, ever-timely story to share far and wide.”
"She does not spare her loved ones criticism or linger needlessly on their flaws. Likewise she refuses to flatten the twists and turns of their histories into neat, linear narratives. She embraces the whole of it… In this mélange of comedy and tragedy, family love and brokenness, she finds beauty."
“A moving, visually stimulating account of the author's personal story and an insightful look at the refugee experience, juxtaposed against Vietnam's turbulent history. “
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I’m a new mom, born the same year as the author in Saigon, and we escaped on a boat one year after her family did. This book hit really close to home. Reading about the Vietnamese experience in the form of a comic book strips the experience down to its bare roots. And those roots are complex, rough, and beautiful. The Best We Could Do is an absolute treasure. I know what I’ll be giving to my closest friends this year for Christmas. Those who read it will understand the Vietnamese experience more deeply.
Thanks to Bill Gates for recommending this book among his top 5 for 2017 reads!
Recommended for anyone old enough to feel ways about things.