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Online NEA Big Read Book Discussion
April 7 @ 6:00 pm
As part of NEA Big Read: Ellsworth, the Ellsworth Public Library is hosting an online book discussion of “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui on April 7 at 6 p.m.
Before she began to work on “The Best We Could Do” in 2005, Thi Bui had never drawn a comic in her life. Twelve years later, the debut graphic memoir would be released to widespread acclaim from critics and literary heavyweights alike. An American Book Award winner, a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography, and an Eisner Award finalist in reality-based comics, Bui’s memoir traces her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Việtnam in the 1970s and their effort to build new lives for themselves in America.
Bui documents parental sacrifice, excavates family histories and grapples with the inherited struggles of displacement and diaspora. “This memoir feels not just created but also deeply lived” (The Washington Post). “A stunning work of reconstructed family and world history” (Booklist Online). “Narratively intricate, intellectually fastidious, and visually stunning” (Vulture). Writes Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winner and board member: “A book to break your heart and heal it.” Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts these books are available at no cost. You can stop by Ellsworth Adult Education to receive a copy. This is a live online class using Zoom.
For more information, call the library at 667-6363.