Staff Pick

Elliott Ackerman's new novel Waiting for Eden (Knopf, $22.95) is a breathtaking achievement. Within a short span and with stunning compassion Ackerman is able to tell the story of three intertwined lives as they are touched by war, betrayal, and loss. On Christmas day Marine Corporal Eden Malcolm stirs from his three-year coma. He is the only survivor of a bombing that killed all of his fellow Marines, including his best friend, and left him trapped within a shell of his former self, unable to communicate. Finding his consciousness suddenly awakened, Eden desperately tries to reach the outside world. Mary, his wife, has stayed by his side through the years despite little support or hope. Narrating from beyond the grave is Eden's nameless best friend. A piercingly heartfelt look at the toll of war on the home front and the frayed edges it leaves behind.

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ISBN: 9781101947395
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Published: Knopf - September 25th, 2018

Staff Pick

Historical fantasy enthusiasts looking for their next epic should look no further than The Poppy War (Harper Voyager, $26.99) by R.F. Kuang. This story is set in a fantastical version of medieval China known as the Nikara Empire. Readers follow the life and trials of Rin. Orphaned as a result of the Empire’s recent war, Rin finds her life full of loss, hardship, and mystery. With the help of her one ally she aces the Keju, an Empire-wide test, propelling her into the ranks of Sinegard, the world's elite military school. There she begins to unlock the secrets of her past and of magics thought long lost. But always looming is the rumble of renewed war with the Federation of Mugen, the Empire’s ancient enemy across the sea. After two bitter confrontations, known as the Poppy Wars, the Federation is eager to reclaim what they lost to the Empire. Based on Chinese history and filled with pulse racing- action this is an excellent addition to any shelf.

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ISBN: 9780062662569
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Published: Harper Voyager - May 2018

Staff Pick

Few can blend words and images into heartfelt storytelling like David Small. In his latest graphic novel, Home After Dark (Liveright, $27.95), readers follow thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt as he grows up in 1950s America. Abandoned by his mother, Russell is forced to live with his emotionally abusive father. As his circumstances continue to deteriorate, it becomes clear that this isn’t a story of a teenager boldly overcoming life’s obstacles: this is a tale of a boy struggling to tread the murky waters of adolescence. Hope eventually comes in the form of the Mahs, a Chinese couple Russell meets on his journey. Despite facing their own struggles, particularly racist sentiment against them from Russell's friends and neighbors, the Mahs reach across this cultural divide to lend a hand to a person in need. Each page of Small’s artwork is simply mesmerizing. The images are a somber contemplation of hardship that feel as if they’re drawn from memory itself. Beautifully rendered, masterfully told, this is a book you won’t be able to resist reading when you’re home after dark.  

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ISBN: 9780871403155
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 11th, 2018