A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing.By turns hilarious and heart-rending, its exactly the book America needs at this moment.Celeste NgWho taught Michael Jackson to dance? Is that how people really walk on the moon?Is it bad to be brown? Are white people afraid of brown people?Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacobs 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 shes gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. How brown is too brown?Can Indians be racist?What does real love between really different people look like?Written with humor and vulner...
|Title||:||Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Reviews
Jacob gave me goosebumps every other page. Things that you think you've gotten over or buried deep enough to forget, Jacob finds her way in and opens you up again (in the best way).
This is the graphic memoir I never knew I needed. Jacob writes about growing up as a woman of color in the southwest, about navigating the fraught relationships with her white in-laws, and about raising a biracial son in New York during the Trump era. Good Talk is amazing, I cried, more coherent review to come later.
Told with humor and a blunt honesty I love, Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir is really a memoir in two parts: Part one is Mira growing up in New Mexico in the 80’s and 90’s, wrestling with her own questions and experiences regarding race, sexuality, and love. Part two focuses on our country in its current political climate as her son begins to question everything from Michael Jackson’s changing skin color to why Trump would be angry at him for being brown.
Very serious topics, but everything Mira Jac ...more
The best book about race relations I’ve ever read. Read it now.
A really honest and introspective look at many sides of discussions be it for race, gender, and simply what it means to live in America when you're not always seen as an American. Some of the best books are as honest as can be in the difficulties of larger conversations and just being, and they make you think long after you've turned the last page. GOOD TALK is one of those books.
It is amazing to me how much Jacob fits into this book, how much it manages to contain, and how much it says not just about Jacob herself but about the present moment we live in. This is not just a book about raising a precocious biracial child in a world that treats his two parents very differently, that is just an entry point for Jacob to examine all the different parts of her life where these difficult issues have come up.
The parental anxiety factor here is high and I felt it really deeply. ...more
Mira Jacob has really written - and drawn - a memoir for our times. Jacob, the author of a marvelous novel, "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing", published in 2014, has written "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations", a graphic work using text, drawings, and photographs to try to distill some of the angst in our society brought on by the election of Donald Trump in 2016. But the angst that Jacob felt for her and her young son actually began years before as the American-born daughter of Indian imm ...more
First a confession: from the advance blurb (“Who taught Michael Jackson to dance?” “Are white people afraid of brown people?”), my expectations for this book weren’t high. I suspected it might be another one of those feel-good, politically-correct books. But I loved Mira Jacob’s first novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, and on a whim, I decided to take a chance.
And – wow! This is the real deal, raw, wrenching, funny, fearless, and honest. Mira Jacob is an American of Indian descent, marri ...more