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Librarian's Choice — June

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

May We Recommend: Book CoverThi Bui's parents fled Vietnam for the United States in 1978 with their three children including Thi who, at the time, was a young girl. Now an adult and new mother, she is concerned she will pass on to her newborn son all the pain and grief of her parents from a lifetime of violence, war, abandonment and poverty. With her gorgeous and powerful illustrations, Thi takes the reader through her family's emotional story through the history of Vietnam -- from its time as a French colony, through its fight for independence and its internal conflicts between the Communist north versus the south. The Best We Could Do explores themes of family, belonging, love and war. This book is an absolute treasure!

"Be prepared to take your heart on an emotional roller-coaster journey with this thought-provoking account that completely satisfies as the story comes full circle. Highly recommended for teens and adults; an excellent choice for book clubs.” -- Library Journal online

Reviewed by Mayra Guerra, Adult Services Librarian


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