It’s The Stacks Book Club day and we’re discussing our first ever graphic memoir on the show. The book is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, and our guest is graphic memoirist (Good Talk), novelist (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), and cultural critic, Mira Jacob. We talk today about the moment that a good book makes the reader examine themselves, books that don’t feel like reading, and the distillation of history for the sake of narrative.
There are no spoilers on this episode.
Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for July!
Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes. You can also find everything we talked about on Amazon.
- The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
- Good Talk by Mira Jacob
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- The Vietnam War (PBS)
- The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob
- Counting Descent by Clint Smith
- Finna by Nate Marshall
- Displacement by Kiku Hughes
- Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella, 2003)
- How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith
- Frederick Douglass
- Harriet Tubman
- Heavy by Kiese Laymon
- Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
- “Cambodians Demand Apology for Khmer Rouge Images With Smiling Faces” (Seth Mydans, The New York Times)
- Execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém (Eddie Adams, 1968)
- “Starving Child and Vulture” (Kevin Carter, 1993)
- “Ep. 171 Trusting in Optimism Mira Jacob” (The Stacks)
- Jason Reynolds
- Master of None (Netflix)
- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
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