Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

Nearly 80 years old and famous in his native Japan, graphic novelist Shigeru Mizuki has had to wait until now for his first book in English. A quasi-autobiographical account of the desperate plight of some Japanese soldiers at the end of WWII, this book offers harsh naturalism, raw emotions, and sudden beauty.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…