What Thi Bui first set out to do was to turn a graduate school oral history project into something more accessible outside academia. Safe to say: she succeeded wildly.
That oral history became the basis for “The Best We Could Do,” Bui’s illustrated memoir documenting her family’s escape from Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives in America. It received widespread critical and popular acclaim, winning a 2018 American Book Award, named a finalist for 2017 National Book Critics Circle and Eisner awards and landing on a host of “Best Of” lists.
UC Santa Barbara Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor are pleased to announce the selection of a book for UCSB Reads 2019 — “The Best We Could Do,” an illustrated memoir by Thi Bui.
For over ten years, since the program’s start in 2007, UCSB Reads has brought the campus and Santa Barbara communities together to read a common book that explores important issues of our time.
November 16, 2017
UCSB Reads 2018 Book Announcement: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
The UC Santa Barbara Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor are pleased to announce the selection of a book for UCSB Reads 2018 — Lab Girl, by prize-winning paleobiologist Hope Jahren.
This summer, for the first time, read along with the UCSB Reads Committee as they work to select the UCSB Reads 2018 book.
The UCSB Reads Committee has announced the five titles that make-up the short list for 2018 consideration. The selections are:
1. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
2. The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
3. Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The UC Santa Barbara Library has chosen “Into the Beautiful North” as its 2017 UCSB Reads selection. An annual event now in its 11th year, UCSB Reads engages the campus and the Santa Barbara community in conversations about key topics while reading the same book. UCSB Reads is presented by the UCSB Library, in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. The event culminates in a public talk by Urrea on April 24 in UCSB’s Campbell Hall.