Top Marketplace offers for ISBN

9780345508720

Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey

Tran, GB Author

Image Not Available

A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are today: Vietnamerica
 
GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from (and largely indifferent to) his family's history. Born and raised in South Carolina as a son of immigrants, he knew that his parents had fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon. But even as they struggled to adapt to life in America, they preferred to forget the past--and to focus on their children's future. It was only in his late twenties that GB began to learn their extraordinary story. When his last surviving grandparents die within months of each other, GB visits Vietnam for the first time and begins to learn the tragic history of his family, and of the homeland they left behind.

In this family saga played out in the shadow of history, GB uncovers the root of his father's remoteness and why his mother had remained in an often fractious marriage; why his grandfather had abandoned his own family to fight for the Viet Cong; why his grandmother had had an affair with a French soldier. GB learns that his parents had taken harrowing flight from Saigon during the final hours of the war not because they thought America was better but because they were afraid of what would happen if they stayed. They entered America--a foreign land they couldn't even imagine--where family connections dissolved and shared history was lost within a span of a single generation.

In telling his family's story, GB finds his own place in this saga of hardship and heroism. Vietnamerica is a visually stunning portrait of survival, escape, and reinvention--and of the gift of the American immigrants' dream, passed on to their children. Vietnamerica is an unforgettable story of family revelation and reconnection--and a new graphic-memoir classic.
Library Journal (Starred Review):  "This will be called the MAUS for the Vietnam War, and for good reason. Similar premise: clueless American-born son of immigrants confronts the legacy of family pain predating his birth. Similar outcome: a kick-in- the-gut graphic novel... he purposely fragments the plot, shifting points of view, narrative voices, and settings while the reader--as did Tran--must assemble the pieces to learn how his parents became the people he knew. Engaging, challenging, and disturbing, Tran's family memoir belongs in all public and academic libraries..."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):  "... The comic utilizes a dizzying barrage of effects to depict the characters' confusing experience: different lettering styles, realistic action set against full-page government posters, sound effects swirling from panel to panel, action-packed panoramas breaking apart as South Vietnam collapses. The result is disturbing but also uplifting
School Library Journal:  "In Tran's memoir, theme, narrative, and art work together to create a deeply compelling graphic novel. Tran meditates on war, loss, and memory, but the overriding theme is the complexity, hardship, and reward of family life, a theme that finds full life in the author's multi-layered narrative.  Intricate structuring creates suspense and mystery, but its more important function is to highlight the way in which family history is constructed: layered, repetitive, nonlinear, contradictory, collaborative, and ultimately productive of both family and self-identity. His artwork-richly detailed but never overcrowded, realistic while allowing for abstraction, and expertly composed-wrings meaning out of the smallest detail. This novel could easily find a place in the classroom..."

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Author:

Having been entertained, educated, and enriched by comics since I was a kid, I really wanted to tell a story that respects and takes advantage of the medium's unique narrative, structural, and formal potential. It's something I think can be especially pushed when you're the writer and illustrator through every facet: juxtaposition of dialog and images, shifting art styles, panel rhythm, page compositions, color, etc. The fact that I was able to do so with a project so deeply personal--preserving my family's journey of sacrifices and triumphs--is a dream come true.

About the Author:

GB Tran was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, and now lives in Brooklyn as a cartoonist/illustrator. When doing neither, he travels to speak about various topics related to VIETNAMERICA , ranging from multiculturalism to graphic memoir, diaspora to DIY mini-comics.  VIETNAMERICA was included by TIME on its all-time "Top 10 Graphic Memoir" list, has been featured on ABC's World News Now, and selected as one of the best books of 2011 by Library Journal, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. It also earned GB a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in nonfiction literature, a gold medal for Sequential Art from the Society of Illustrators, and nomination in this year's upcoming Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Villard (2011)
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Helvic55
(Toronto, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Villard, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New book with light shelf wear and a small remainder mark. Bookseller Inventory # 243504

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Villard (2011)
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Villard, 2011. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: For fans of "Persepolis, Fun Home," and "Maus" comes a major new graphic memoir about family secrets, the immigrant experience, and the legacy of the Vietnam War. Full color. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0345508726

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Random House Publishing Group (2011)
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Publishing Group, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9780345508720

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0345508726

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Villard
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
ExtremelyReliable
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Villard. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0345508726

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Villard
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Nataraj Books, Inc.
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Villard. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0345508726 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI210936206

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Villard
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 8
Seller
Movie Mars
(Indian Trail, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Villard. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0345508726 (W/A) GB Tran GB Tran knew that his parents had fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon, but once they were rebuilding their lives in America, they preferred to forget the past ? and focus on their children's future. But on a trip to Vietnam for his grandmother's funeral, GB began to learn the tragic history of his family ? and of the homeland they left behind. In this graphic memoir, Tran tells the story of his family's experiences during the Vietnam War and the gift of the American Dream. Bookseller Inventory # 13854228

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Tran, GB Author
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Romulus, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 187mm x 27mm x 240mm. Hardcover. A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are today: VietnamericaGB Tran is a young Vietnamese American art.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 246 pages. 1.002. Bookseller Inventory # 9780345508720

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Random House USA Inc, United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(Slough, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 238 x 186 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are today: Vietnamerica GB Tran is a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from (and largely indifferent to) his family s history. Born and raised in South Carolina as a son of immigrants, he knew that his parents had fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon. But even as they struggled to adapt to life in America, they preferred to forget the past--and to focus on their children s future. It was only in his late twenties that GB began to learn their extraordinary story. When his last surviving grandparents die within months of each other, GB visits Vietnam for the first time and begins to learn the tragic history of his family, and of the homeland they left behind. In this family saga played out in the shadow of history, GB uncovers the root of his father s remoteness and why his mother had remained in an often fractious marriage; why his grandfather had abandoned his own family to fight for the Viet Cong; why his grandmother had had an affair with a French soldier. GB learns that his parents had taken harrowing flight from Saigon during the final hours of the war not because they thought America was better but because they were afraid of what would happen if they stayed. They entered America--a foreign land they couldn t even imagine--where family connections dissolved and shared history was lost within a span of a single generation. In telling his family s story, GB finds his own place in this saga of hardship and heroism. Vietnamerica is a visually stunning portrait of survival, escape, and reinvention--and of the gift of the American immigrants dream, passed on to their children. Vietnamerica is an unforgettable story of family revelation and reconnection--and a new graphic-memoir classic. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780345508720

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Tran, GB Author
Published by Villard, New York (2010)
ISBN 10: 0345508726 ISBN 13: 9780345508720
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
GOOD OLD BOOKS
(Barrie, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Villard, New York, 2010. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # D33D31

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.99
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 9 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book