Seattle Reads 2019: The Best We Could Do
Fiction, graphic novels, biography and memoir, nonfiction, and poetry to complement your reading of "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui. Books selected by the Vietnamese Friendship Association and librarians at The Seattle Public Library.
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.
Format: Graphic Novel - 2017
Holds: 68 on 276 copiesView this item
The Book of Salt
In Paris, in 1934, Binh has accompanied his employers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to the train station for their departure to America. His own destination is unclear: will he go with "the Steins," stay in France, or return to Vietnam? Binh fled his homeland in disgrace. For five years, he has been the live-in cook at the famous apartment at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Before Binh's decision is revealed, his narrative catapults us back to his youth in French-colonized Vietnam, his years as a galley hand at sea, and his days turning out fragrant repasts for the doyennes of the Lost Generation. He is a habitue of the Paris demimonde, an exile and an alien, a man of musings and memories, and, possibly, lies. Love is the prize that has eluded him, from his family to the men he has sought out, often at his peril.--From publisher description.
Format: Book - 2004 First Mariner books edition
Holds: 1 on 12 copiesView this item
Stories that take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran; from New York City to Iowa; from a tiny fishing village in Australia to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea-- while taking us to the heart of what is means to be human.
Format: Book - 2008 First edition
Holds: 3 on 4 copiesView this item
Night Sky With Exit Wounds
Format: Book - 2016
Holds: 91 on 18 copiesView this item
"The meeting between a group of emigrants and a mysterious, wandering actress in an empty train station sets the stage for Bae Suah's fragmentary yet lyrical meditation on language, travel, and memory. As the actress recounts the fascinating story of her stateless existence, an unreliable narrator and the interruptions of her audience challenge traditional notions of storytelling and identity"--Publisher.
Format: Book - 2017 First edition
Holds: 0 on 5 copiesView this item
Exit West: A Novel
"In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through."--
Format: Book - 2017
Holds: 13 on 47 copiesView this item
Vietnamese Memories: Book 1, Leaving Saigon
Format: Graphic Novel - 2018
Holds: 2 on 4 copiesView this item
Alpha: Abidjan to Paris
"Determined to reunite with his family, Alpha sets off from his home in Cote d'Ivoire, bound for Paris, where his sister-in-law has a hair salon near the Gare du Nord train station. Alpha's wife and son left for France months ago, traveling without visas, and he has heard nothing from them since. With a visa, Alpha's journey would take a matter of hours. Without one, he is adrift for over a year, encountering human traffickers in the desert, refugee camps in Mali and Algeria, overcrowded boats carrying migrants between the Canary Islands and Europe's southern coast, and a cast of companions lost and found along the way. Throughout, Alpha stays the course, carrying his loved ones' photograph close to his heart as he makes his perilous trek across the continent --
Format: Graphic Novel - 2018 First edition
Holds: 10 on 4 copiesView this item
Turning Japanese: MariNaomi
Turning Japanese is an illustrated memoir that chronicles MariNaomi's experiences working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo while attempting to connect with a culture that had eluded her since childhood.
Format: Graphic Novel - 2016 First edition
Holds: 17 on 3 copiesView this item
Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey
A memoir in graphic novel format about the author's experiences as the son of Vietnamese immigrants who fled to America during the fall of Saigon describes how he learned his tragic ancestral history and the impact of the Vietnam War on his family while visiting their homeland years later. (7/24/2019 2:40:29 AM)
Format: Graphic Novel - 2010
Holds: 3 on 4 copiesView this item