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Jacob's sophomore effort (after Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing) is a graphic memoir about race and family,

set against the backdrop of the 2016 election and told through a series of conversations. At first, the book

riffs off questions that Jacob's biracial six-year-old son, Z, asks. Some queries are simple: 'Who is better,

Michael Jackson or Michael Jordan?' Others reflect the child's internalization of messages from media and

require more complex answers: 'Is it bad to be brown?' Z's inquiries prompt memories that push Jacob to dig

into her own childhood and behaviors through interactions with her immigrant parents and extended family

in India. The author and her husband, Jed, talk about his white male privilege as a Jewish man and his

family's conservative politics. Interactions with Jacob's friends allow her to process out loud some of the

discussions described in previous scenes. The narrative spans generations, drawing parallels between Jacob

and her son but also highlighting the lack of social progress. Aided by the skillful story structure, Jacob's noholds-barred

vulnerability compels reflection and empathy. The unique art style combines photographic

backgrounds with illustrations of characters framed in white, like paper cutouts. Characters smartly break the

fourth wall, looking directly at readers and inviting them into the narrative. Scenes of Jacob's past

relationships with men and women depict nudity but nothing explicit. VERDICT A powerful, multilayered

exploration of racial identity development and complicated family dynamics. Timely and necessary.—Alec

Chunn, Eugene Public Library, OR Read more “[I] loved it so so much. So poignant, honest, funny,

powerful, and timely, and its themes build in a way that by the end is truly artistically transcendent.―

—Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Prep and Eligible“Among its many

virtues, Mira Jacobâ€s graphic memoir, Good Talk, helps us think through this term [‘person of

colorâ€] with grace and disarming wit. The book lives up to its title, and reading these searching,

often hilarious tête-à -têtes is as effortless as eavesdropping on a crosstown bus. . . . The mediumÂ

is part of the magic. . . . The old comic-book alchemy of words and pictures opens up new possibilities of

feeling. . . . The people are black and white—except, of course, theyâ€re not.―—Ed Park, The New

York Times Book Review“Good Talk addresses head-on the complexities of being fully American

while also being fully Jewish, fully Indian, fully mixed, fully whatever in the era of Trump. . . . Good

Talk attempts to answer, with humor and heart, some of the most difficult questions of all.―—Bustle

“[A] showstopping memoir about race in America . . . by turns funny, philosophical, cautious, and

heartbreaking . . . Particularly moving are the chapters in which Jacob explores how even those close to her

retain closed-minded and culturally defined prejudices. . . . The memoir works well visually, with striking

pen-and-ink drawings . . . collaged onto vibrant found photographs and illustrated backgrounds. . . . Told

with immense bravery and candor, this book will make readers hunger for more of Jacobâ€s

wisdom and light.―—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Breezy but poignant . . . [Mira Jacob]

employs pages of narrative prose sparingly but hauntingly. . . . The ‘talks†Jacob relates are painful,

often hilarious, and sometimes absurd, but her memoir makes a fierce case for continuing to have them.―—

Publishers Weekly (starred review)“A beautiful and eye-opening account of what it means to mother a

brown boy and what it means to live in this country post–9/11, as a person of color, as a woman, as an

artist . . . In Jacobâ€s brilliant hands, we are gifted with a narrative that is sometimes hysterically funny,

always honest, and ultimately healing.―—Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award–winningÂ

author of Another Brooklyn “Good Talk begins with a childâ€s innocent questions about race and

evolves into an honest, direct, and heartbreakingly funny journey. As a brown-skinned woman married to a

Jewish man and the mother of a biracial child, I experienced this book on multiple levels: It broke my heart

and made me laugh a helluva lot, but, in the end, it also forced me to ponder whether I have successfully

provided the answers necessary to arm my own children against racism in America.―—Lynn Nottage,

Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Sweat Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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