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From rock climbing and sorority rush to string quartets and growing up in circuses, May’s best new books are far-reaching and oh so fun.
Reminiscent of the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Chinua Achebe, Onuzo’s (The Spider King's Daughter) latest follows a Nigerian army officer who deserts his post and flees to Lagos with a band of ragtag runaways. Buy the book
After the death of her mother, a young woman throws herself into the fast-paced Manhattan media world to escape the loss, and is instead taken on a cross-continental journey to uncover secrets from her mother's past. Buy the book
A college co-ed is found dead in her sorority house (was it an accident?) in this coming-of-age story with a murderous twist. Buy the book
Sixteen-year-old Maisie was born with the power to kill the living or resurrect the dead with her touch. Fine’s fantastical, darkly funny debut follows the teenager as she leaves the sequestered walls of her family home for the first time. Buy the book
The Ensemble follows four young friends—members of a string quartet—as they navigate the surprisingly cutthroat world of classical music, growing as adults and performers. Buy the book
The hilarious star of Parks and Recreation and Good Girls, Retta knows how to get a laugh. Her debut essay collection tackles everything from abandoning her med school plans to stalking the cast of Hamilton. Buy the book
Poeppel’s (Small Admissions) latest explores her three passions—NYC, theater and family—through the story of Allison, a woman who moves her family from suburban Dallas to Manhattan, where she finds herself in a weird, celebrity-adjacent world. Buy the book
Ever wonder how some of the world’s most successful people start their days? Spall and Xander interviewed 64 overachievers (from Olympians to CEOs) to get their secrets and advice. Buy the book
Confronting race, class and what it means to be a family, Alam’s (Rich and Pretty) new novel is about a posh white woman who adopts her black nanny’s son, and learns the difference between the life we're given and the life we choose. Buy the book
New York Times culture writer Itzkoff chronicles the life and career of Robin Williams in this first major biography of the beloved—and troubled—comedy icon. Buy the book
For fans of Cheryl Strayed, a debut memoir by a Canadian alpinist about learning to rock climb, and figuring out along the way that marriage and motherhood take as much, if not more, bravery than reaching literal peaks. Buy the book
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