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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Reprint edition (April 17 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419718789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419718786
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…a cinematic epic, following several generations through the travails of immigration and emotional dislocation.”
(PBS NewsHour)

About the Author

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the “boat people” wave of refugees from Southeast Asia. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017), has been selected as UCLA’s Common Book for 2017, a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography, an Eisner Award finalist in Reality Based Comics, and made several Best of 2017 book lists, including Bill Gates’s top five picks. Bui is also the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of A Different Pond, a picture book by the poet Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017). 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 how Asian American Pacific Islanders are impacted by detention and deportation, to be published by One World, Random House. Bui taught high school in New York City and was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. Since 2015, she has been a faculty member of the MFA in Comics program at the California College of the Arts. Thi Bui lives in the Bay Area.

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5.0 out of 5 starsI've been looking for more books like this -- books that touch upon the Vietnamese boat ...
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5.0 out of 5 starsA comic book like no other. A rich telling of the Vietnamese refugee experience.
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