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16 Best Books To Read in May

  • FICTION

    SECRETS OF HAPPINESS

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

SECRETS OF HAPPINESS

by Joan Silber

These secrets of happiness really will make you happy, at least for a few sweet hours. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    NOTES ON GRIEF

    MAY 11, 2021

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

NOTES ON GRIEF

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

An elegant, moving contribution to the literature of death and dying. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE SECRET TO SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH

    MAY 4, 2021

  • FICTION

    GREAT CIRCLE

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

GREAT CIRCLE

by Maggie Shipstead

Ingeniously structured and so damn entertaining; this novel is as ambitious as its heroines—but it never falls from the sky. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    A SITTING IN ST. JAMES

    MAY 25, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A SITTING IN ST. JAMES

by Rita Williams-Garcia

A marathon masterpiece that shares a holistic portrait of U.S. history that must not be dismissed or forgotten. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SUNSHINE GIRL

    MAY 4, 2021

NONFICTION

SUNSHINE GIRL

by Julianna Margulies

Margulies’ unflinching quest to explain her life makes her well-crafted memoir compelling whether you know her roles or not. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    ECHO TREE

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

ECHO TREE

by Henry Dumas ; edited by Eugene B. Redmond

Every couple of decades or so, we need to be reminded of what made writers like Toni Morrison call Henry Dumas a genius. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    MISFIT IN LOVE

    MAY 25, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

MISFIT IN LOVE

by S.K. Ali

A timely and necessary read for all communities to reflect upon. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TWO GROOMS ON A CAKE

    MAY 4, 2021

CHILDREN'S

TWO GROOMS ON A CAKE

by Rob Sanders ; illustrated by Robbie Cathro

As beautiful as it is informative about this little-known battle in the fight for equality. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    EXTRA LIFE

    MAY 11, 2021

NONFICTION

EXTRA LIFE

by Steven Johnson

Entertaining, wide-ranging, and—in light of Covid-19—particularly timely. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE ROCK EATERS

    MAY 11, 2021

FICTION

THE ROCK EATERS

by Brenda Peynado

A sparkling, strange, and enthralling debut from a vivid new voice in contemporary fiction. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    STROLLERCOASTER

    JUNE 1, 2021

CHILDREN'S

STROLLERCOASTER

by Matt Ringler ; illustrated by Raúl the Third & Elaine Bay

Kids everywhere will be honing their tantrum skills in hopes of riding their very own strollercoasters. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE BLOCK

    MAY 4, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE BLOCK

by Ben Oliver

Readers will be left begging for the final installment. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HEALER OF THE WATER MONSTER

    MAY 11, 2021

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