Summary from Goodreads:
A witty, heartfelt graphic memoir about what it truly means to be an American family–Aziz Ansari’s Master of None meets Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home
Mira Jacob’s touching, often humorous, and utterly unique graphic memoir takes readers on her journey as a first-generation American. At an increasingly fraught time for immigrants and their families, Good Talk delves into the difficult conversations about race, sex, love, and family that seem to be unavoidable these days.
Inspired by her popular BuzzFeed piece “37 Difficult Questions from My Mixed-Raced Son,” here are Jacob’s responses to her six-year-old, Zakir, who asks if the new president hates brown boys like him; uncomfortable relationship advice from her parents, who came to the United States from India one month into their arranged marriage; and the imaginary therapy sessions she has with celebrities from Bill Murray to Madonna. Jacob also investigates her own past, from her memories of being the only non-white fifth grader to win a Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest to how it felt to be a brown-skinned New Yorker on 9/11. As earnest and moving as they are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, these are the stories that have formed one American life.
Good Talk is 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). Jacob 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. Highly recommended.
Good Talk is out now!
Dear FTC: I bought my copy of this book because I wasn’t cool enough to get an advance copy.