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16 Best Books To Read in April

  • FICTION

    THE FIVE WOUNDS

    APRIL 6, 2021

FICTION

THE FIVE WOUNDS

by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Perfectly rendered characters anchor a novel built around a fierce, flawed, and loving family. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    EARLY MORNING RISER

    APRIL 13, 2021

FICTION

EARLY MORNING RISER

by Katherine Heiny

A heartwarming novel with a small-town vibe that sparkles like wine sipped with friends under backyard fairy lights. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    POPISHO

    APRIL 20, 2021

  • NONFICTION

    THE BOMBER MAFIA

    APRIL 27, 2021

  • NONFICTION

    BROKEN HORSES

    APRIL 6, 2021

NONFICTION

BROKEN HORSES

by Brandi Carlile

An intimate, life-affirming look at a musician whose artistic journey is far from over. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE WILD SILENCE

    APRIL 6, 2021

NONFICTION

THE WILD SILENCE

by Raynor Winn

A memorable celebration of a “silent enmeshing of lives lived in unison,” a potent marriage of heart and mind. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    MY BROKEN LANGUAGE

    APRIL 6, 2021

NONFICTION

MY BROKEN LANGUAGE

by Quiara Alegría Hudes

A beautifully written account of the importance of culture and family in a small but powerful community. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    KATE IN WAITING

    APRIL 20, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

KATE IN WAITING

by Becky Albertalli

Flips the script on battling over a boy in the best way possible. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE

    APRIL 6, 2021

  • TEEN

    THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB

    APRIL 13, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB

by Goldy Moldavsky

An atmospheric page-turner about loving scary movies, longing to belong, and uncovering the many masks people wear. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY

    APRIL 20, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY

by Paula Yoo

An accessible and compelling account of a tragedy that resonates through the decades. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    RIVER MAGIC

    APRIL 27, 2021

CHILDREN'S

RIVER MAGIC

by Ellen Booraem

A carefully constructed interweaving of reality and magic that will transport and delight. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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