Everybody Reads 2022

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Everybody Reads 2022 celebrates Mira Jacob's Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Let’s read, reflect and learn together. Everybody Reads is a community-wide project that promotes shared reading and discussion around a single book. 

About the book

Mira Jacob’s Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations presents a period of the author’s life in comic book format.

Like many 6-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first, they are easy enough to answer, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread, Z’s questions become much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers, and how conversations about race, color, sexuality, and love have informed her identity. 

Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.

About the author

Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic. Good Talk was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book. Jacob is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.

Author Mira Jacob and cover of Good Talk

How to participate


Check out Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations from the library now, and browse the project guide for events and activities.

More copies of the book will arrive in January 2022 at all neighborhood libraries and online, thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation. The library encourages readers to share extra copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Discuss, learn and be inspired.

Explore the themes of the book through events and discussions. Watch this page for the events schedule.

Find discussion questions and further reading.

Everybody Reads will conclude with “An Evening with Mira Jacob,” on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Tickets are available from Literary Arts.


Everybody Reads 2022, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by gifts to The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.


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