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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations (Original 2018; 2020. Auflage)

von Mira Jacob (Autor)

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A "beautiful and eye-opening" (Jacqueline Woodson), "hilarious and heart-rending" (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families,  and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing. NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Chicago Tribune * The New York Public Library * Publishers Weekly AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book ReviewTime * BuzzFeedEsquireLibrary Journal * Kirkus Reviews "How brown is too brown?" "Can Indians be racist?" "What does real love between really different people look like?" Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob's half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. 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, and, of course, love.    Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation--and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions. LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/OPEN BOOK AWARD "Jacob's earnest recollections are often heartbreaking, but also infused with levity and humor. What stands out most is the fierce compassion with which she parses the complexities of family and love."--Time "Good Talk uses a masterful mix of pictures and words to speak on life's most uncomfortable conversations."--io9 "Mira Jacob just made me toss everything I thought was possible in a book-as-art-object into the garbage. Her new book changes everything."--Kiese Laymon, New York Times bestselling author of Heavy… (mehr)
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Titel:Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations
Autoren:Mira Jacob (Autor)
Info:One World (2020), 368 pages
Sammlungen:Hardback, Library Book
Bewertung:*****
Tags:2021, PoC, library, GN, memoir

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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations von Mira Jacob (2018)

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I really like the way she tells the story -- the graphics, the present/past movement, the use of conversations. I feel like I know her well after reading. She raises issues about race and America and identity in familiar but new ways. It's hard to go back to the rise of Trump, but necessary, and she makes it both personal and about all of us. ( )
  erikasolberg770 | Nov 22, 2021 |
***who sucked me in***
Jenn of Remembered Reads on YouTube.

I don't even know what she said that made me buy this. I'm really glad I did though.

It's weird to actually read about the emotions an American went through after the 2016 elections after Obama was president. I'm an outsider but for the last 4 years I've seen American Book/YouTubers get more... Anxious (comes the closest). More disillusioned, more scared. I could imagine what that would be like as a minority in my own country but I'll never really get it because at the end of the day I'm not scared of my government. Not like my mum was for the police in the Carribbean or my family in America.

Yet I could still see similarities between us. Which is remarkable all in all. A good reading experience and I think I'll will think about this for some time. ( )
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
I just stumbled upon this book on Twitter when the author Mira shared a couple of illustrations from the graphic novel about Indian aunties and I couldn’t stop laughing and I decided that I had to read it. However, I ended up not finding the graphic novel at my library and had to listen to the audiobook which turned out to be totally unexpected and wonderful in its own way.

This memoir is completely heartfelt, witty and hilarious while tackling very complex issues surrounding race in the America of the current president. The author’s own growing up timeline felt familiar, irrespective of the fact that I grew up in India. The relationship she shared with her parents and relatives, their conversations and ideas and values all felt so relatable (not always in a good way though). When she talks about the colorism that she faced in India due to being darker toned than her parents and brother, it hit me very hard. Just like her, I too heard a lot growing up that my parents were going to have a tough time finding a guy for me because I wasn’t as fair as I used to be when I was a child. As a young well educated woman, I was constantly told I shouldn’t want to marry an equally highly educated man because neither was I very pretty nor was I rich enough to harbor such dreams. This whole idea of reducing a woman’s self worth to the color of her skin is still far too common in India even years after when the author’s own story takes place.

The other thing the author talks about is the othering she felt both while trying to date (as a bisexual woman of color) and as an aspiring author trying to make it. There are numerous occasions in the story where she encounters little statements or micro aggressions by white people, who are completely tone deaf and clueless as to how racist they come across. As an author, she has to explain to a radio producer that referring to her characters as Asian Indian instead of East Indian just so that Americans can understand it better is so darn ignorant. And all these little things just add up and go on and the author (like many other POC) doesn’t confront or argue with these people because that will not change anything. There is a frustration that is reflected in the author’s narration that I totally empathized with because it’s a reality for many of us.

And the most important and also the most difficult and heartbreaking parts of the book were her conversations with her six year old biracial son. He is an inquisitive little child always asking her lots of questions, which she wants to answer honestly - until he starts listening to the 2016 election campaign rhetoric on the news and wants to know if Trump hates him, if his white Jewish dad will have to give him and his mom up if Trump wins the election and has lots of questions about racism and prejudice and more other issues that affect him profoundly - she doesn’t know how to answer them all in a way he can understand, but can’t avoid them either because they will affect his daily life. When Mira has to explain to him that his Trump supporting republican grandparents still love him, he is truly confused and wants to beg them not to vote for him and it broke her heart along with mine. The line “sometimes the people who love you will choose a world that doesn’t” is still haunting me hours after finishing the book. While she spent the election night with her husband and their friends lamenting on the result (and also not feeling completely surprised by it), I was all alone in my home reeling with what I was seeing on tv - but the thoughts that were running through our head were the same. These conversations that she has with her kid and everything she is grappling with about her son’s future, are the same I think about when I envision having a kid who will probably be born American, but will ultimately always be defined by their skin color.

I have read in other reviews that the author’s illustration style is amazing but the full cast audio (with music and situational background score) is absolutely spectacular and I would highly recommend this format too. This book is very thought provoking and funny and also sad and I think POC readers will find some very relatable experiences in it. Thats not to say others won’t, but I feel people who have lived these experiences will have a unique appreciation for this book. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Kudos to Mira Jacob for providing a light-hearted, but thoughtful and thought-provoking look at our currently fractured nation. Presented as a graphic memoir, she touches on many important societal issues, including family, love, marriage, religion, racism and racial tropes, politics, immigration, and more. She writes from personal experience, being US-born woman, whose parents immigrated from India, who marries a white Jewish man, and is raising an inquisitive son, Jacob. Many of the chapters are discussions with her son as he gets older.

There is a strong political bias, which will offend some readers and please others: a celebration of Obama's election (as a fellow person of color) along with his dreams of a more progressive society contrasted with her open criticism of Trump's administration fanning the flames of fear against blacks, Muslims, or anyone who looks different, extending to her son. Recommended, 4.5 stars.
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Graphic books are not usually a format I enjoy. No judgment; I just seem to get along better with straight text. The exception, it seems (to some extent) is memoirs. Almost all the graphic works I can remember enjoying were memoirs, and this is one. It's about being brown in America: her Kerala Christian parents' arranged marriage and move to the US; her childhood as one of the few Indian-American kids in Albuquerque; navigating dating; and raising an Indian-Jewish child in Brooklyn in the age of Trump. The art is a mix of drawings with photos added in, and it works well. I think her story would have worked well in a traditional format (I enjoyed Jacob's novel) but she does a great job with the graphic format. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
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A "beautiful and eye-opening" (Jacqueline Woodson), "hilarious and heart-rending" (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families,  and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing. NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Chicago Tribune * The New York Public Library * Publishers Weekly AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book ReviewTime * BuzzFeedEsquireLibrary Journal * Kirkus Reviews "How brown is too brown?" "Can Indians be racist?" "What does real love between really different people look like?" Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob's half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. 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, and, of course, love.    Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation--and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions. LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/OPEN BOOK AWARD "Jacob's earnest recollections are often heartbreaking, but also infused with levity and humor. What stands out most is the fierce compassion with which she parses the complexities of family and love."--Time "Good Talk uses a masterful mix of pictures and words to speak on life's most uncomfortable conversations."--io9 "Mira Jacob just made me toss everything I thought was possible in a book-as-art-object into the garbage. Her new book changes everything."--Kiese Laymon, New York Times bestselling author of Heavy

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