Dementia 21 -- Kago

Staff Pick

At long last, the work of provocateur comics artist Shintaro Kago has been translated into English! Dementia 21 is a collection of stories featuring Yukie Sakai, a young and energetic caregiver who dedicates her life to helping the elderly. Even when the elderly begin to self-replicate...or develop psychic powers...or take over the minds of others through dentures. A brutally funny and irreverent take on how our society treats the old, and ourselves.

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By Kago
ISBN: 9781683961062
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Published: Fantagraphics - September 25th, 2018

Vita Nostra -- Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

Staff Pick

Equal parts Harry Potter and David Cronenberg, Vita Nostra is a magical school story that is also an intense psychodrama. As a child, Sasha Samokhina is recruited by a mysterious man into a college that teaches how to understand and control space and time. If she fails, her parents will suffer. If she succeeds, her body and mind will change beyond recognition. What lies on the other side of the final examination? You'll have to read to find out...and you won't be able to stop.

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ISBN: 9780062694591
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Published: Harper Voyager - November 13th, 2018

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Staff Pick

Look! You, who holds this Holiday Newsletter in your hands, are briefly taken aback by this sudden declaratory statement. What might distinguish this brief piece from the rest that clutter this inventory of précis? Nothing at all—nothing, that is, but this: the moment that passes as you follow this sentence to the end is the last when you know nothing of Melmoth (Custom House, $27.99), Sarah Perry's follow-up to 2016's sleeper hit The Essex Serpent. It is a novel that ranges from Prague to the Philippines, Cairo to Constantinople. An index of the horrors of fascism and society's cowardice; a map of the scars self-inflicted by the desperately penitent. It is the story of one Helen Franklin, whose search for a friend gone missing leads her down a trail of witness reaching back centuries. And it is the account of the spectral being that watches her, be it illusion or god, whose hands reach across space and time towards those who have given up hope. A gothic page-turner that is, in its own way, an aggressively contemporary book.

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ISBN: 9780062856395
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Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018