#DeweysReadathon wrap-up: Before giving up and snoozing, I read half of this excellent graphic nonfiction book about interracial families. Final totals: 816 pages (higher then normal because of the graphic nonfictions), 11 hrs, 11 min. It was great Readathonning with you all. Can‘t wait to do it again! #readathon #deweyoct
"In 2008, we watched a senator from Illinois rise in the Democratic primaries. He was the son of a Black, Muslim-born, Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, and though all of those things made him someone very specific, they also made him ours. We took bets on what would bring him down, which is what you do when you're trying to break your own heart before your country does it for you."
WOW. This definitely lives up to the hype. Jacob explores race and love and family and what it means to grow up in Trump‘s America. Jacob uses simple, repetitive images to illustrate the conversations, which I appreciated. Sometimes the artwork in a GN is too distracting for me, so this was perfect and allowed me to really immerse myself in the story. Def recommend. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
I‘m tired and immensely sad and scared, kinda all the time, really, but especially today... but this graphic memoir at least makes me feel not so alone. So many panels could be lifted from my life, as can her fears and hopes for her child in this uncertain world.
FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR HANDS DOWN! GOOD TALK is a graphic memoir of complex conversations that the author has had with her son, strangers, family, and friends about what it's like to be a queer brown woman in the world. It‘s a book everyone should own & read!!!
Alternately quite funny and nearly heartbreaking, this unique nonfiction graphic novel memoir should be required reading. Somehow, trying to explain racism to a child makes it even more unsettling.
I had a different book picked out from this, but this one kept jumping up and down saying choose me, choose me. Recently read and reviewed, I have to say again, read this graphic novel. Unique format. Important conversations.
#booked2019 graphic novel selection. Jacob does a good job of showing what it is like to live as a racial minority in America. Reviews said Hilarious and I truly didn‘t find much funny about it, but it was honest for sure. @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
This is my current reading stack. Just started Good Talk and it‘s so good. I‘ve already read Binti, but I‘m reading the new short story in this edition and love it. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie does not disappoint with her short stories. And my daughter and I are reading Rosie Revere out loud - it‘s a quick read (maybe ages 7-9/10) but we‘re both enjoying the historical anecdotes about Rosie the Riveter.
A couple chapters left and I‘ve been speeding through the book from where I last picked up! I don‘t want it to end. Mira Jacob has done such a splendid job writing and illustrating this book that to read at the pace I‘ve been reading is too much. I will cherish this book for all the range of emotions, thoughts, and ideas it‘s given me. My copy is currently an (overdue) library book but soon (really soon I hope) I‘ll have a personal copy of my own.
“We think our hearts break only from endings — the love gone, the rooms empty, the future unhappening as we stand ready to step into it — but what about how they can shatter in the face of what is possible?”
The search for the one is idealized, longingly craved... to feel safe, to know that a great life lies ahead with someone that “understands parts of you that you thought no one ever would, and is rumored to exist!” Are you there? ❤️✨
“YOU ARE AN AMERICAN. I DON‘T CARE WHEN YOUR PARENTS CAME HERE. THEY ARE AMERICANS, TOO. DON‘T YOU EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT YOU‘RE NOT. DO YOU HEAR ME?”
This quote is intense and capitalized because of its urgency. It‘s necessary reminder to the younger generation that‘s just figuring out how the world works. Inclusivity>Hatred. I wish I had someone force that statement of belonging into my heart when I was younger...so much needed back then
Graphic memoir is quickly becoming a new favorite genre of mine. This books reads quickly, it‘s funny and is so important on so many levels. It‘s a strange world we live in and trying to make sense of it is still difficult for adults, not to mention kids (the questions her son asks is part of the brilliance of this book). All I can say is—read this book!
When your favorite bookseller @Kenny AND your MyTBR bibliologist recommend the same book, you HAVE to read it 💁🏻♀️
This is a book America needs right now. It‘s Mira Jacob‘s story of being a first-generation American, told in the conversations she‘s had about her experiences, both shared & unique.
5 ⭐️ - can‘t recommend this one enough.
That was a gut punch. The author trying to explain to her mixed race child why his grandparents voted for Trump, when she doesn‘t understand it herself is not an easy moment to read about. But it‘s nice to know that other people are dealing with the same bafflement and sadness. Don‘t get me wrong, it‘s a funny book. But the last part deals with the 2016 election and it‘s sticking with me.
Graphic memoir told in conversations the author had answering the questions of her half Indian half Jewish 6 year old son. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she‘s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality.
Artwork is an interesting blend of photos and collage cut out illustrations (as picture)
#booked2019 13. Genrebusting @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
An absolute banger, a one-sitting read. The subtitle for Jacob‘s memoir, “A Memoir in Conversations”, absolutely nails how we speak to one another - and it‘s accomplished in such a unique style of graphic art (almost collage-like). And she gets at the hard conversations about racism, colorism, having a mixed-race child/family, sexism, microaggressions, politics - which become even harder when the questions are being asked by her own young child.
I love this book and Mira. I liked the format of a memoir in conversations and going back and forth between her conversations with her son and her life before from dealing with colorism among her family as a child to dating to her cross cultural marriage.
I highly recommend checking this one out.
Book 115/165 4/4/19