Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘The Best We Could Do’

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This week we’re exploring the title The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui.

I’m doing what I can to illuminate the relationship between the past and the present and illuminate perspectives and experiences that haven’t been paid attention to. So that we can tackle the problem of understanding each other and sharing space.

—Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do
Stephen holding tablet with cover of The Best We Could Do

About the title

Here’s why Manager of Teen Services Stephen (pictured) recommends it:

“Immigration has many effects on the family dynamic. Bui’s multiple life changes built her into the strong resilient woman she ultimately became. I strongly recommend this book if you love a good story of transitioning and reflection.”

Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook), Media on Demand & Libby (ebook)

Print formats available: graphic novel

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About the author

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the “boat people” wave of refugees fleeing Southeast Asia at the end of the Vietnam War. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do has been selected for an American Book Award, a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography, and an Eisner Award finalist in reality-based comics. She illustrated the picture book, A Different Pond, written by the poet Bao Phi, for which she won a Caldecott Honor. With her son, Hien, she co-illustrated the children’s book, Chicken of the Sea, written by Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and his son, Ellison. Her short comics can be found online at The Nib, PEN America, and BOOM California. She is currently researching and drawing a work of graphic nonfiction about immigrant detention and deportation. Learn more about the author »

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About Many Voices, Many Stories

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration.

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