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General Book Club: The Best We Could Do

Our General Book Club reads books from all genres, fiction and nonfiction, and newcomers are always welcome! In April, the group read and discussed store-favorite A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

In May, join us to discuss The Best We Could Do by Thui Bui! The Seattle Times has chosen this book as their yearly Seattle Reads selection. It’s a haunting memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for a simpler past. Thi Bui documents her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves in America. As the child of a country and a war she can’t remember, Bui’s dreamlike artwork brings to life her journey to understanding her own identity.

The Best We Could Do has made a place for itself in the graphic novel canon and received 5 starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness. It was also nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category and made it onto over thirty “Best of 2017” lists everywhere from the Washington Post to Entertainment Weekly.