Author: Cormac McCarthy
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Follow the journey of a father and son through post-apocalyptic America. The world is still, the falling snow is gray, and their destination is the coast to survive the winter. They have few possessions, barely enough to fill a supermarket shopping cart. Armed with nothing but a pistol, they face lawless bands, cannibals, starvation, and the inevitability of death.
The Road tells a riveting tale of how the tenderness between two people can keep one alive and how to find hope when there seems to be none. McCarthy’s unique writing style and masterful storytelling ability will be sure to entice you throughout the whole novel.
Author: Neil Gaiman
The story follows a man named Shadow, locked up for three years and eagerly awaiting to return home. Following the death of his wife and his best friend, an emotionally-compromised Shadow accepts a job from an intriguing stranger called Mr. Wednesday who turns out to be an incarnation of Odin, the All-Father in Norse mythology. Between America’s obsession with celebrity, drugs and media, new gods have arisen, leading to a war to the very soul of America.
American Gods blurs the lines between reality and myth, using sex, horror, and mystery to keep the reader enthralled from beginning to end. Even George R. R. Martin called it, “original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive”. Be sure to pick up your copy today!
Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Author: Dave Eggers
In the span of five weeks, Dave Eggers (then a college senior) loses both of his parents to cancer, inheriting the care of his younger brother who is thirteen years younger than him. With a unique style and tone that forgo nearly all grammar rules, Eggers chronicles his struggles with parenting and being forced to grow up much faster than most. He accomplishes many life milestones, moving nearly cross-country from Illinois to California and essentially becoming a parent, all while trying to process his own grief.
Between young adulthood and parenthood, Eggers tells a vivid tale of a young man trying to figure it all out. Fran Singh, writer for The Guardian, said it best, “So while it may not be the most conventional journey, it is certainly a ride.”
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