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CSU Monterey Bay - Common Reading Experience

  • CSU Monterey Bay - Ballroom 100 Campus Center Drive Seaside, CA 93955 United States (map)

Common Read Keynote Speaker: Thi Bui

Want to meet the author of "The Best We Could Do"? Thi Bui will be at the University Center discussing her book and answering any questions. If you bring a copy of the book you will have a chance to get it signed! Light refreshments will be served.

October 8, 2019

5:30pm — 7:30pm


The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do, the debut graphic novel by Thi Bui, is an intimate look at one family's journey from 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 the unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through.

For a research guide for "The Best We Could Do," please see the link below.

Earlier Event: October 2
Reddie Read | Henderson State University
Later Event: October 9
UC Riverside - TBA