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Good Talk: A

Memoir in





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 no-holds-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. . . . TheÂ

medium 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. . . .Â

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,Â

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 eyeopening

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–winning 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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