Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

by Mira Jacob


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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 our most difficult conversations, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.


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.

Praise for Good Talk

“Emphasizes the complexities of being part of an interracial family and the struggles of parenting in the present moment.”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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399589041
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 47,799
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Her recent work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Glamour, Tin House, Electric Literature and Literary Hub. She lives in Brooklyn.

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HalKid2 2 days ago
Remarkable - A Graphic Novel Capturing Racism in America It’s all here! The angst of a committed mother trying to answer her mixed race son’s questions. The way even well-meaning white Americans too often lump together anyone with dark skin, making assumptions that demean and marginalize. The hope Barack Obama’s election gave to people of color. The divisiveness of Donald Trump’s campaign, its impact on politically diverse families, and the disturbing concerns that have surfaced since his election. At the start, I was skeptical that a graphic novel could do justice to such complex topics. But it does. Cleverly, and oh so creatively! Through simple but evocative images and spare text, this book is just as emotional, rich, and comprehensive as a more traditional novel. And somehow the style of the artwork actually enhances the message, rather than trivializes. Mira Jacob skillfully tackles many of the subtle ways racism is manifested in contemporary America, how disturbing it is for her to contemplate all the ways racism will impact her young son as he grows up, and the toll it takes on people of color to simply live every day in our society. Not to mention the tensions that arise between a mixed-raced couple. This is a quick read. And very compelling. So, don’t miss it! It’s one of the most thoughtful and powerful explorations of racism in contemporary America that I’ve ever read.
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