Staff Pick

Set right here in Northwest D.C., Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Here I Am (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) is the story of a family in crisis.  When Julia discovers a series of explicit text messages on her husband Jacob Bloch’s phone, it spells doom for their relationship and major changes for the couple’s three sons.  Meanwhile, an earthquake in Israel leads to chaos in the Middle East that stretches all the way to the Bloch household.  With wisdom and humor, Foer has produced another immensely entertaining novel.  Here I Am captures the contradictions and enigmas of contemporary life and the immensity of love, even in a disintegrating family. Mark LaFramboise

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ISBN: 9780374280024
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 6th, 2016

Staff Pick

In Heroes of the Frontier (Knopf, $28.95), Dave Eggers tells the story of Josie, who has left her dental practice and taken her two young children in a rickety RV (affectionately called “the chateau”) and fled to the wilderness of Alaska. Their adventure is exciting and memorable, but the most appealing aspect of Eggers’s novel is the depiction of Josie’s kids, Ana and Paul. Ana is an indefatigable force, likely to break anything she touches. Paul is an old soul, wise beyond his eight years, and his sister’s constant guardian. Together the three of them forge a unique and hilarious camaraderie. This is a book that pushes all the right buttons: heart, adventure, intelligence—all woven together to create a great novel.

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ISBN: 9780451493804
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Published: Knopf - July 26th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781101974636
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Published: Vintage - June 27th, 2017

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In Mischling (Lee Boudreaux, $27), Affinity Konar introduces two unforgettable protagonists, twin sisters Stasha and Pearl. Housed in Mengele’s “zoo” in Auschwitz, where experiments are performed on twins, Stasha and Pearl face unspeakable cruelty. Their story is told in their own alternating voices, bringing to life their world in the camp and their existence after liberation. The pair’s hatred for Mengele, their love for one another and their fellow prisoners, and their incredible hope for the future in the face of such barbarism give urgency and energy to the story. Original and very memorable, Stasha and Pearl are remarkable tellers of their own story.

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ISBN: 9780316308106
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - September 6th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780316308090
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - May 30th, 2017