Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker?s Guide to Dancing. ?By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it?s exactly the book America needs at this moment.??Celeste Ng ?Who taught Michael Jackson to dance?? ?Is that how people really walk on the moon?? ?Is A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, a...

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Title:Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations
Author:Mira Jacob
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Genres:Sequential Art
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Apr 25, 2019
    Once I picked this book up, I absolutely could not put it down - a one-sitting read (or as close as I get to it, anyway). Mira Jacob starts the book with a conversation with her biracial 6-year-old son who is starting to get obsessed with Michael Jackson and has a lot of questions abou...
  • Celeste Ng
    Aug 08, 2018
    GOOD TALK isn?t just Mira Jacobs's personal story: it also illuminates the increasingly fractured world we live in. By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it plunges fearlessly into the murky gray areas of race and family, of struggling to find common ground, of trying to talk to our ...
  • Elyse Walters
    Apr 08, 2019
    Update... I'm back!! (2nd read).....physical book this time. I can't say enough about this book!!!! After I listened to the Audiobook -- which I thought was BRILLIANT.... I ended up buying the physical -'graphic' book last week too. Its AMAZING!!!!! Mira Jacob outdid herself -A TRI...
  • Kelly
    May 21, 2019
    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long time -- I didn't even know this was a graphic memoir, since I went straight to audio for it, and I missed out on nothing by choosing that format over the print one. Performed by a full-cast, it was very much a series of conversation...
  • Emily
    Feb 14, 2019
    What a beautiful, funny, heartbreaking perfect book this is. Conversations with her six-year-old son about race in America, spurred by the 2016 election, frame flashbacks to Jacob's childhood and early adulthood. The dialogue is especially great - the voices of her son, her husband, he...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Apr 28, 2019
    Ever since I read Mira Jacob's 2015 Buzzfeed article about her son's obsession with Michael Jackson and the questions it raised (and subsequently began following her excellent Instagram account, @goodtalkthanks), I have been desperate to read Good Talk. I waited impatiently for the boo...
  • Jane
    Apr 15, 2019
    Creative memoir about dealing with life in America as a person of color and talking to your kids. ...
  • Jill
    Mar 17, 2019
    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 Jaco...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Mar 28, 2019
    Of all the books dealing with the effects of the ascension of Donald Trump upon the American people, this one has been the most personal. In this beautifully realized graphic memoir, Mira Jacob tells her story of growing up as a first generation Indian, of her marriage to Jed, a Jewish...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Apr 22, 2019
    We don?t know what life has in store for us till it flings itself in our faces. Then we know. Then we truly begin to see as it unfolds itself. Mira Jacob?s Good Talk is not just a memoir. It isn?t just a conversation. It is so much more that as I sit and type this, I literally ha...
  • Dianne
    May 31, 2019
    I loved this graphic novel! It?s the author?s story of growing up as a person of color in the United States, with a special focus on raising her young son in a post 9-11 New York City. Her son has a lot of questions about race and her best attempts to answer them honestly are poign...
  • Jen
    Jan 08, 2019
    This book captures beautifully and perfectly the experiences of raising kids today. Her frank conversations with her son and her struggles to answer honestly and lovingly echo so much in my own life. I would recommend this book to any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle - anyone who cares...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 08, 2019
    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 ve...
  • Sahitya
    Apr 07, 2019
    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 lis...
  • Emily May
    May 30, 2019
    ?I'm supposed to be thankful for everything. Thank you for publishing me! Thank you for asking me to attend an event! Thank you for thanking me for writing characters you could relate to despite them being Indian! Thank you for saying you almost felt like they were just normal peopl...
  • etherealfire
    Apr 27, 2019
    Gutted. My heart breaks for our country and its completely unnecessary, self-inflicted wounds. My heart breaks for the damage we are doing to ourselves and each other. This is a must-read. ...
  • Elena
    Apr 16, 2019
    Holy cow this book was amazing. One of the best books I've read this year. ...
  • Lauren
    Oct 30, 2018
    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 c...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Apr 02, 2019
    Thank you @randomhouse for a free copy of GOOD TALK by Mira Jacob. When I originally heard about GOOD TALK, I thought immediately that this is a book I NEED to read. A graphic memoir in conversations with a six-year old? Wow! I had never heard of such a thing. Having found out that ...
  • Jill Meyer
    Feb 10, 2019
    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 distil...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    May 25, 2019
    Stunning. That?s all. ...
  • Rachel León
    May 22, 2019
    omg do yourself a favor and read this book NOW ...
  • Rich F
    Apr 13, 2019
    This book came recommended to me, and it was such a powerful book. It really was, as the cliche goes, difficult to put down. I began reading it in between parents coming to talk to me during a report card pick-up day, and I found myself completely blurring out the many dozens of people...
  • Rod Brown
    Apr 20, 2019
    There is a lot of touching and insightful comments in here about race, families, September 11, and the elections of Donald Trump and Barack Obama. If the author had chosen to make this entirely prose or had had another artist draw it, I would probably have given it four stars. But inst...
  • Christine
    Mar 30, 2019
    Love love loved this ...
  • Sonya
    Mar 30, 2019
    I loved Good Talk. Mira Jacob writes about raising her half Indian, half Jewish son, in the era of Obama and then Trump. She weaves in her own experiences growing up, being one of the only Indian families in a white town in New Mexico while also facing colorism in her extended famil...
  • Bruce Katz
    Mar 29, 2019
    All the good things people are saying about this book are true. It's smart, eye-opening, provocative, funny, touching, courageous, heartbreakingly honest, and damned necessary... You know that line in Hamlet about how it is the role of art to 'hold a mirror up to nature'? Yeah,"Good Ta...
  • Jonathan Tennis
    Apr 11, 2019
    This is one of those rare times on Goodreads where I wish there were more than 5-stars for incredible books. This powerful memoir told in conversations between the author and her family/friends about what it?s like to be brown in America in modern times. Brave, funny, witty, brutally...
  • Kristina
    Mar 26, 2019
    ?I can?t protect you from everything. I can?t protect you from being a brown man in America. I can?t protect you from spending a lifetime caught between the beautiful dream of a diverse nation and the complicated reality of one. I can?t even protect you from the simple fact t...
  • MRIDULA
    May 10, 2019
    A memoir that is written in the form of comic strips is something I didn?t know I needed. Mira Jacob?s memoir is a conversation mostly between her son and her, where he asks questions on Racism-why people don?t like Trump and if his father who is white, scared of him because he i...