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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 . . .