Skip to main content
close
Font size options
Increase or decrease the font size for this website by clicking on the 'A's.
Contrast options
Choose a color combination to give the most comfortable contrast.
Image for event: Yiddish Book Center "Stories of Exile" Discussion

Registration now closed

Yiddish Book Center "Stories of Exile" Discussion

"The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui

2023-09-07 18:30:00 2023-09-07 19:30:00 America/New_York Yiddish Book Center "Stories of Exile" Discussion Join us for a special discussion of "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui, a graphic novel about a family's journey to America. Discussion made possible by the Yiddish Book Center. Firestone Park Branch Library - Community Room

Thursday, September 07
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2023-09-07 18:30:00 2023-09-07 19:30:00 America/New_York Yiddish Book Center "Stories of Exile" Discussion Join us for a special discussion of "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui, a graphic novel about a family's journey to America. Discussion made possible by the Yiddish Book Center. Firestone Park Branch Library - Community Room

Join us for a special discussion of "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui, a graphic novel about a family's journey to America. Discussion made possible by the Yiddish Book Center.

Register online, in person, or by phone at 330.724.2126. Those who are registered for the reading group will receive a copy of "The Best We Could Do" to read and return to the Library after the book discussion.

The Akron-Summit County Public Library has been selected as a participating library for the Yiddish Book Center's "Stories of Exile" Reading Groups for Public Libraries for 2023.

At this event in the series, we will discuss "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui.

Book summary:

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui.

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent — the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

In what Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls "a book to break your heart and heal it," "The Best We Could Do" brings to life Thi Bui's journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

About the Stories of Exile Series:

The Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is a reading and discussion program to engage teens and adults in thinking about experiences of displacement, migration, and diaspora. In this program, librarians organize reading groups to discuss three books of Yiddish literature in translation, and one book related to the experience of a community served by their library. 
 
The Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin.

Programs in the series include:

Book Discussion: "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui (Graphic Novel)

Firestone Park Branch Library

Thursday, September 7, 6:30 pm 

Book Discussion: "In the Land of the Postscript: Short Stories" by Chava Rosenfarb

North Hill Branch Library 

Monday, October 2, 12:30 pm

Book Discussion: “The Glatstein Chronicles” by Jacob Glatstein, a restored English edition originally translated from Yiddish

Northwest Akron Branch 

Monday, October 18, 6 pm

Book Discussion: “On the Landing: Stories” by Yenta Mash

Main Library (Meeting Room 1)

Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 pm

Main Event: Many Voices With Yiyun Li

Main Library (Auditorium)

Monday, November 6, 6:30 pm

Immigrant Perspectives on Film

Main Library (Auditorium)

Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:30 pm

Firestone Park Branch Library

firestone@akronlibrary.org
Phone: 330.724.2126
Branch manager
Sylvia Chris

Hours
Mon, Feb 19 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Feb 20 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Feb 21 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Feb 22 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Feb 23 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Sat, Feb 24 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Feb 25 Closed

About the branch

Friends of the Richfield Branch Library are holding a Fall Book Sale. Stock up on items to take on those fall trips or prepare to cozy up as the nights get longer and colder. 

Upcoming Events

Thu, Feb 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room

Sat, Feb 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Community Room

Mon, Feb 26, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Community Room

Mon, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Community Room

Wed, Feb 28, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Community Room

Wed, Feb 28, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Community Room

Thu, Feb 29, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Community Room

Mon, Mar 04, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Community Room

Wed, Mar 06, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Community Room

Wed, Mar 06, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Community Room

Thu, Mar 07, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room

Thu, Mar 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room

Thu, Mar 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Conference Room

Sat, Mar 09, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Community Room ,Conference Room

Mon, Mar 11, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Community Room

Mon, Mar 11, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Community Room

Wed, Mar 13, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Community Room

Wed, Mar 13, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Conference Room

Wed, Mar 13, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Community Room

Thu, Mar 14, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Community Room

Fri, Mar 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Conference Room

Mon, Mar 18, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Community Room

Tue, Mar 19, 11:00am - 11:55am
Community Room

Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Community Room

Wed, Mar 20, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Community Room

Thu, Mar 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Room

Thu, Mar 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Room

Thu, Mar 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Conference Room

Thu, Mar 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Community Room