Open Books: Elizabeth Partridge

In conversation with Thi Bui
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Nearly 3 million Americans served in the Vietnam War, almost 10 percent of their generation.  They came home to a country divided and angry about the war. At best, the veterans were ignored. At worse, they were vilified. Author Elizabeth Partridge will share the challenging experiences, both during the war and after, of seven veterans profiled in her book Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam.

In 1975 at the end of the war, the United States took in 125,000 Vietnamese refugees, soon followed by a second wave, the “boat people.”  Thi Bui, in her graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, documents her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

Join us to hear these evocative accounts of the lasting legacy of the war. Bui’s compelling graphic novel, The Best We Could Do, has also been chosen as the 2018 One City One Book selection. The book is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Bui explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family. A book sale by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.

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