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East Bay Express - Best Graphic Novelist Fighting for the Underdog: Thi Bui

After publishing her hit debut, ‘The Best We Could Do,’ the Vietnamese-American writer, illustrator, and educator is looking to use her platform to help other refugees.


Seattle Channel - An Evening With: Thi Bui

Thi Bui discusses "The Best We Could Do," a graphic novel documenting her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives in America.


San Francisco Public Library - Thi Bui and Lauren Markham One City One Book interview

Thi Bui is interviewed by Lauren Markham, author of "The Far Away Brothers," as part of the One City One Book events at the San Francisco Public Library.


OZY: From Refugee to Graphic Novelist—a Story Four Decades in the Making

For Thi Bui, 12 years is how long it took to get the story she wanted to tell where it needed to be. And now, at 42, she’s published her first graphic novel, The Best We Could Do . . .


NY Times: Viet Thanh Nguyen: By the Book

You mean my leaning pile of guilt? If a book is on my night stand, it means I haven’t read it and feel like I should. I’m too embarrassed to name them, as some are written by people I know. As for the books that have come off my night stand recently, they are all forthcoming. Here are some books worthy of reading in 2017: Thi Bui’s “The Best We Could Do” . . .


Vulture: Life As a Refugee Is Explored in the Stunning Comics Memoir The Best We Could Do

My only complaint about Thi Bui’s debut graphic memoir, which tells the sweeping tale of her family’s lives in Vietnam and the United States, relates to its title. The Best We Could Do is a fine moniker, but . . .


NBC News: ‘The Best We Could Do’: Thi Bui Honors Family’s Immigration Story in Debut Graphic Novel

Before she began to work on her graphic novel in 2007, Thi Bui had never drawn a comic in her life. Now, 10 years later, she'll debut her family's story through an illustrated memoir already being praised by literary heavyweights . . .


Huff Post:

Asian ‘Boat People,’ Once Opposed More Than Syrian Refugees Today, Speak Out

“There are a lot of innocent people who are refugees, and given the opportunity, [they] would give back 100 times more than what was given to them” . . .


The Washington Post: The 10 best graphic novels of 2017

"Bui, a Vietnam-born Californian, delivers in her debut graphic novel a cinematic epic that poignantly tracks several generations through immigration and emotional dislocation. At its best, this memoir feels not just created but also deeply lived."


TCJ: Sweet Revenge: An Interview with Thi Bui

“A book to break your heart and heal it,” described Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen about cartoonist Thi Bui’s memoir The Best We Could Do, published on Abrams ComicArts earlier this year. Bui’s first book, The Best We Could Do has . . . 


KQED: A Vietnam Story Told Through the Eyes of Refugee Parents

At first glance, Thi Bui’s illustrated memoir tells the story of her family fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s to start life anew in California. But on a deeper level, the book transcends the stereotypical refugee plot line. The Best We Could Do is the story of . . .


Graphic Policy (Video): Fusion Spotlights Thi Bui the Creator Behind the Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and . . .


The Cut:  6 Graphic Novels to Make You Cry

I’m not the sort of person who cries at books or in movies, but there’s something about the right combination of words and drawings that’s my tearjerker kryptonite: In the last year or so, “graphic novels that make you feel things” has . . .


Booklist Online: The Best We Could Do

Artist and public-school teacher Bui’s memoir and graphic-novel debut is a stunning work of reconstructed family and world history. In 1976, faced with job loss, little food, and constant surveillance, Bui’s family fled . . . 


Library Journal: Graphic Novel Memoir from Debuter Bui | Xpress Reviews

With her debut graphic memoir, Bui captivates readers with her recounting of the struggle her family faced as they emigrated from Vietnam to the United States after the war, leaving behind their way of life. Now, . . . 


Publishers Weekly: The Best We Could Do

Tracing her family’s journey to the United States and their sometimes-uneasy adaptation to American life, Bui’s magnificent memoir is not unique in its overall shape, but . . .