Do you ever read a book that simply will not get out of your head? Well The Best We Could Do has been circling my mind since I read it last month. And for me that's a sure sign that it's worthy of a staff picks blog post.
A simple summary of Thi Bui’s graphic memoir would be that it weaves together the author’s family history with the war in Vietnam . BUT IT IS SO MUCH MORE. The Best We Could Do is gut wrenching, heart-warming, emotional, educational, and visually stunning. On the cusp of being a new mother, Bui undergoes the very adult experience of learning to reconcile childhood impressions of her parents with who they really are and confronting the life-defining force the war had over her childhood, her family, and her country. The elements at play in this beautiful memoir not only highlight an under-represented side of the conflict but detail the struggles of coming of age against the backdrop of the immigrant experience.
Telling this story through art adds an emotional impact that I think prose just couldn't match. If, after reading the One Book One San Diego's MARCH, you find yourself wanting more of the genre--pick up this outstanding work.