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Mira Jacob, GOOD TALK: A Memoir in Conversations

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

Zibby is joined by Mira Jacob to talk about her latest book, Good Talk, which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times Book Review. The graphic memoir was the result of Mira's attempts to answer her young son's questions about race in America while dealing with the political developments of 2016 — especially those that took place within her own family. Mira tells Zibby how she was able to assemble this book despite not being an illustrator or a memoirist and how her husband's family has received her side of their shared story.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3m10EgUBookshop: https://bit.ly/2ZDyXTJSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


2 Oct 2021

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Ep. 174 The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui -- The Stacks Book Club (Mira Jacob)

The Stacks

It’s The Stacks Book Club day and we’re discussing our first ever graphic memoir on the show. The book is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, and our guest is graphic memoirist (Good Talk), novelist (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), and cultural critic, Mira Jacob. We talk today about the moment that a good book makes the reader examine themselves, books that don’t feel like reading, and the distillation of history for the sake of narrative.There are no spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to find out The Stacks Book Club pick for August!You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/28/ep-174-the-best-we-could-doSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPlum Deluxe Tea - to get 10% off your tea order go to plumdeluxe.com and use the code THESTACKS at checkout. Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.Connect with Mira: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | Goodreads See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 3mins

28 Jul 2021

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MIRA JACOB...has a Good Talk on Modern Minorities

Quarantined Comics

As you might know, Raman also hosts the podcast MODERN MINORITIES, where each week Raman + QC-pal Sharon hope to generate greater empathy and understanding through the stories of others minority experiences. One of our all time favorite comics is GOOD TALK, by Mira Jacob - a moving, autobiographical take on Mira’s conversations with her son, husband, family, and friends about race in Obama and Trump’s America. After reviewing the book on Quarantined Comics (https://www.qtdcomics.com/goodtalk) - Sharon + i reached out to the author Mira Jacob ...and no joke - it was it was one of my all time favorite podcast conversations, so we thought you might want to have a listen. And who knows, maybe when Ryan is back from Korea, we'll start bringing some of our favorite comics authors on Quarantined Comics so we can geek out on some of THEIR favorite comics...

1hr 13mins

16 Jul 2021

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Mira Jacob, Author

F***ing Shakespeare

If you have yet to read guest Mira Jacob’s 2019 memoir in conversations, Good Talk, we’re jealous. Praised for her “disarming wit,” Jacob achieves this by welcoming you into her indecision, her confusion, her wonder at raising a child against the backdrop of that tender point where politics meets the personal in 2016 America. In addition to it being hilariously funny and a master class in dialogue writing, the turn of Good Talk (and for that matter her exquisite novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), is that she doesn’t flatten the world to make sense of it — she complicates it. She explains the stuff she knows, as well as the stuff she doesn’t know, about a world we think we know but don’t really. Before long, you’re laughing, crying, and struggling to figure it out right along with her. In a talk she gave to young women writers at the NYC non-profit “Girls Write Now,” Jacob said that early on she didn’t know why she wanted to be a writer, she just wanted to make words that made worlds. In the podcast, we talk about how Jacob taught herself how to draw for Good Talk, her publishing journey in an industry that still caters to an imaginary white audience, discussing race with people you love, and the importance of maintaining curiosity as a parent. For the rich conversations that come out of the worlds she has wrought, we are so lucky. Work by Mira Jacob:Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations (2019)The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (2014)Honorable mentions:Jason ReynoldsChris Jackson’s work with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Victor LaValle, and Mat JohnsonThings we learned:Jacob’s cat is named Samuel L. JacksonIf her characters remind you of your own Malayali mother so much that you need to tell her in a drunken letter, She WILL read and in fact cherish itIf you don’t tell the people you’re pitching your graphic novel to that you can’t draw, they most likely won’t ask, and then you can teach yourself to do it anywayWe should drop the word panache from our collective vocabularies ASAP Photo credit: In Kim


7 Jul 2021

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Ep. 171 Trusting in Optimism with Mira Jacob

The Stacks

Mira Jacob is a cultural critics and the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir, Good Talk. Today we talk with Mira about the ways optimism is a form of bravery, the alignment of form, function, and story, and the system that leads to authors writing blurbs for books.The Stacks Book Club selection for July is The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. We will discuss the book with Mira Jacob on Wednesday July 28th.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/07/07/ep-171-mira-jacobSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPlum Deluxe - get 10% off your purchase when you go to plumdeluxe.com and use the code THESTACKS at checkout.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.Connect with Mira: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Patreon | Shop | Goodreads See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 8mins

7 Jul 2021

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Season 1 Episode 14: Mira Jacob And Floaty Parents

Brown Baby Podcast

This week's guest is: Mira Jacob. Mira is an author that I absolutely adore. Her writing is funny, tender, close to my experience. When I was writing Brown Baby, I came across her graphic memoir, Good Talk, which is a series of conversations between her and her mixed race child, about racism in Trump’s America. She talks about losing her father, trying to make her white in-laws understand what is happening in the country and her journey to self-acceptance. It’s brilliant.(TW: grief, racism). We talk about difficult conversations with your kids and your parents about racism, a lot about losing a parent and grief, writing and reevaluating who you are the second you have a child.Welcome to Brown Baby, a podcast about parenting and kids and family that asks the question, how on earth do we raise our kids to be joyful and boundless in a bleak world we’re so sad and angry about.Hosted by me, Nikesh Shukla, a writer, a dad of two and a forty year old man who recently returned to the basketball court because he watched The Last Dance in 2020 and thought, I used to be a super sharp shooter when I was younger.Each week, I interview fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way. This is a podcast Inspired by my memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home. A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole.Here is a link to a bookshop.org affiliate shop where you can buy all the books from previous guests: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/brown-baby-podcast-guestsBrown Baby: A Memoir Of Race, Family And Home: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918Good Talk: A Memoir In Conversations: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781526631596 (PAPERBACK PREORDER AUGUST 2021. HB available now!)Mira's essay: 37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed Race Son: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mirajacob/questions-from-my-mixed-race-sonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 Apr 2021

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Mira Jacob (shares a) Good Talk

Modern Minorities

“If I write this book, it's really gonna hurt — because if I write the truth, it's not a comfortable truth.” Mira Jacob is many things - acclaimed author / illustrator, cultural critic, awesome mother, and a pretty funny brown woman in Brooklyn who happens to be from New Mexico. Mira’s graphic memoir ‘GOOD TALK’ is one of Raman’s all-time favorite books (which we’ve aired a previous episode on), has achieved TONS of critical acclaim, AND is now in development as a television series. Mira’s novel “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing” is also most excellent. ‘Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations’ shares hard conversations Mira has had with not just her young (mixed race) son, but her family and friends about experiences of race in America - from her childhood to the modern era. Mira shares not just her process - but stories that will make you laugh, stop, realize, maybe even cry, and then laugh again You really should stop reading this right now and go read Mira’s work...like yesterday.  LEARN ABOUT MIRA GOOD TALK: goodreads.com/book/show/36700347-good-talk mirajacob.com IG @goodtalkthanks  // TW @mirajacob MENTIONS MOVIE: Heathers (1989) - imdb.com/title/tt0097493/ PERSON: Zadie Smith (Author) - goodreads.com/author/show/2522.Zadie_Smith PERSON: Arundhati Roy (Author) - goodreads.com/author/show/6134.Arundhati_Roy --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/modern-minorities/support

1hr 13mins

3 Apr 2021

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Brown Baby ft. Nikesh Shukla & Mira Jacob

AAWW Radio: New Asian American Writers & Literature

AAWW is delighted to celebrate the launch of writer Nikesh Shukla’s new memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family, and Home. An intimate look at love, grief, and fatherhood, Shukla’s memoir “bears witness to our turbulent times” (Bernardine Evaristo) with humor, honesty, and hope. Shukla is joined in conversation by Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk.


10 Mar 2021

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Mira Jacob's GOOD TALK - March 2021 Book Club


In this Unabridged Podcast Book Club episode, we discuss Mira Jacob's graphic memoir Good Talk. We talked about this amazing memoir and also shared our pairings, including Craig Thompsons Blankets, James McBride's The Color of Water, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Hey, Kiddo. If you're interested in discussing this one with us, be sure to join us on March 15th on Instagram to participate in our book club chat. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our  Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.


3 Mar 2021

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Good Talks with Tina Chang & Mira Jacob

AAWW Radio: New Asian American Writers & Literature

Tina Chang and Mira Jacob join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to celebrate the paperback releases of their books Hybrida and Good Talk. Following a reading from their work, they will speak to the intersections of their experiences and creative practices, discussing race, motherhood, and hybrid storytelling structures.

1hr 7mins

22 Oct 2020