Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam


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6.4 X 8.91 X 0.77 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author

Thien Pham is a graphic novelist, comic artist, and educator based in Oakland, CA. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Sumo and did the art for the middle-grade graphic novel Level Up, written by Gene Luen Yang. He is an ongoing comic contributor to EaterSF and as such eats-- a lot.


Listed in the Washington Post's "10 Best Graphic Novels of 2023"
A 2023 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild selection

"Packed with life lessons about family, friendship, assimilation and life in San Jose as a refugee, the graphic novel also serves as a love letter to his most memorable meals, from Southeast Asia to Northern California."--NPR

"Pham deftly draws us into stirring sense memories -- not only of place but also taste -- using an immersive, autumnal palette." --Washington Post

"Pham's extraordinary memoir just might be the toothsome gift we didn't know we needed."--Booklist, starred review

"Pham reflects the push-pull conflict of assimilation and cultural loss as explored through food in digitally illustrated panels portraying visual feasts and expressive emotion, making for a vivid and insightful telling that offers joy and hope amid the terror."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A delicious series of memories full of hope and human connections despite the hardships of immigrating to a new home."--School Library Journal, starred review

"...a moving, insightful graphic novel memoir that shares the Vietnamese refugee experience through food."--Shelf Awareness, starred review

"In this gorgeous young-adult graphic memoir, Pham tells the story of his family's resettlement in San Jose through his vivid, emotional food memories."--The San Francisco Chronicle

"A nuanced and hopeful graphic memoir depicting moments of hardship and joy with sincerity."--Horn Book

"[A] standout graphic novel"--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books