I haven't written a must-read post in a long time and thought it was time to revive this feature. It's hard to believe April is over, but I'm looking forward to better weather and, of course, heading to New York (in just a few weeks!) for BookExpo America (BEA). Here are some great books you may have missed this month. Be sure to check out my Imprint Friday and Today's Imprint Read posts for more recommendations.
It'd Be Criminal to Miss These
Seth Greenland looks at blogging, politics, crime, and the contemporary American way of life in the dark, satirical The Angry Buddhist (Europa, 9781609450687). S. J. Parris's Sacrilege (Doubleday, 9780385535472) invites you to take a trip to 16th-century London where ex-monk Giordano Bruno gets entangled in a complex murder that may have it roots in medieval Canterbury. Cozy fans won't want to miss Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (Viking, 9780670023417), a fun puzzle of a mystery complete with a diary, quirky characters, and a ghost.
Reunions, Reconciliations, Relationships
In Roberta Rich's historical novel The Midwife of Venice (Gallery, 9781451657470), Hannah Levi reluctantly agrees to help deliver a Christian baby, unknowingly setting off a chain of events that starts a family rivalry and threatens her plans of being reunited with her husband. Patrick Flanery's Absolution (Riverhead, 9781594488177) focuses on Clare Wald, who, like others in contemporary South Africa, is haunted by her memories of apartheid and her fear that it's too late for forgiveness. Sarah Pekkanen's skill at capturing the strength and importance of women's friendships shines in These Girls (Washington Square Press, 9781451612547), about three New York City roommates looking for satisfying careers and personal fulfillment.
When Wenguang Huang was a boy in China, he slept next to his grandmother's (empty) coffin; in The Little Red Guard (Riverhead, 9781594488290) he talks about his family and the clash between old and new caused by Mao's Cultural Revolution. How have climate change and an increasing global population affected the essential nature of the food we eat? Josh Schonwald's The Taste of Tomorrow (Harper, 9780061804212) takes a look at the science of what we put on our plates. Attention all book nerds! Whether you're a reader, author, or editor you don't want to miss James W. Hall's fascinating Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers (Random House, 9780812970951), a critical look at the key to popular success.
April may be over but it's not too late to run to your favorite bookstore and pick up one or two or all of these must-read titles.