Mira Jacob: Good Talk

“I don't want to lie to him, but I don't want to make him scared. And somehow even just telling him the most basic truth was pretty horrific.”

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In a time of great political and social division,  how do you tackle tricky topics with your loved ones?  Or even trickier--with your mixed-race child?

Enter Good Talk, Mira Jacob’s captivating illustrated memoir that offers a truly unique look at the way we communicate, and how we navigate those uncomfortable topics with the important people in our lives — and how those efforts, no matter how well intentioned, can hit a dead end.

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Her recent work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Glamour, Tin House, Electric Literature and Literary Hub. She lives in Brooklyn.

About the Host

Amanda Stern is Bookable’s host. Founder of the popular literary event series Happy Ending at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Stern is also a writer. Happy Ending ran for more than a decade and was selected as New York’s best book-related series by New York Magazine, The Village Voice and NY Press. The New York Times Magazine singled out Happy Ending as a force keeping “downtown New York alive.”


This episode was produced, mixed, and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn, with editorial help from Beau Friedlander.  Our host and co-producer is Amanda Stern. Author and book cover illustration by Ella Friedlander.

Music: “Rufus Canis” by Rufus Canis, “Timeless Love” by Joonie, “The Finch” by Rufus Canis, “Bloom” by Brian Sussman, “Anti Atlas” by Angele David Guillou, “Better” by Jackie Hill Perry,, “Uni Swing Vox” by Rufus Canis, “Grin” by JPoetic.

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