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Eastern’s Big Read, October 15, 2021 - February 1, 2022

The Best We Could Do, Thi Bui

Eastern Connecticut State University is one of 61 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2021-22 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant will support a community reading program centered around "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui. From October 2021 until January 2022, Eastern will host a series of events related to the book and its subject matter.

"The Best We Could Do" is a 2017 illustrated memoir that chronicles the author's parents' life before and during the Vietnam War, their escape from Vietnam when Bui was a child, and their eventual migration to the United States as refugees. "The Best We Could Do" is one of five titles to be featured in NEA Big Reads across the country in 2021-22.

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