7 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in May

Whether you’re a true-crime fiend or you favor sweet romantic comedies where no one is bludgeoned to death by their secret lover, there’s a book coming out this month that’s right up your alley. Here, seven new titles we can’t wait to read in May.

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with the fire on high elizabeth acevedo
cover: HarperTeen; background: Lepusinensis/getty images

with The Fire On High By Elizabeth Acevedo (may 7)

Since getting pregnant her freshman year of high school, all of Emoni’s decisions have revolved around the best interests of her family. But on the eve of graduation, she reconsiders whether her dreams of becoming a chef are as far-fetched as she thinks they are.

the farm joanne ramos
cover: Random House; background: Lepusinensis/getty images

the Farm By Joanne Ramos (may 7)

In New York’s Hudson Valley, a luxury retreat offers every amenity you could want for a hefty price. The only catch? You can't leave the grounds for nine months, while you dedicate yourself to one task: producing the perfect baby. (Um, creepy.)

the seven or eight deaths of stella fortuna juliet grames
cover: HarperLuxe; background: Lepusinensis/getty images

the Seven Or Eight Deaths Of Stella Fortuna By Juliet Grames (may 7)

When they were children growing up in an Italian village, odd and beautiful Stella Fortuna shielded her younger, plainer sister, Tina, from the world, continuing after the family emigrated to America on the cusp of World War II. Decades pass, and now in present-day Connecticut, a relative is determined to understand the fierce rift between the now-elderly sisters.

the last time i saw you liv constantine
cover: Harper; background: Lepusinensis/getty images

the Last Time I Saw You By Liv Constantine (may 7)

Kate English seems to have it all: money, a beautiful family and an impressive career…until her mother is brutally murdered. Kate and her estranged best friend team up to investigate the crime, uncovering secrets about Baltimore high society she never could have imagined. The author of The Last Mrs. Parrish’s latest is a tense, psychological thriller that proves that money isn’t everything.

the bride test helen hoang
cover: Berkley; background: Lepusinensis/getty images

the Bride Test By Helen Hoang (may 7)

Khai is autistic, a diagnosis he thinks precludes him from romantic relationships. His mother, on the other hand, devotes herself to getting him a partner, and travels to Vietnam to find him a bride. Like her last novel, The Kiss Quotient, Hoang writes sensitively about underrepresented characters, while balancing heavier themes with light, sweet humor.

how to forget kate mulgrew
cover: William Morrow; background: Lepusinensis/getty images

how To Forget: A Daughter's Memoir By Kate Mulgrew (may 21)

When Orange Is the New Black star Kate Mulgrew’s father was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer while her mother was struggling with atypical Alzheimer’s, she returned to her Iowa hometown to care for them. The months Kate spends with her parents are alternately tragic and joyful, but it’s the secrets she uncovers about their Irish Catholic family that really challenge her understanding of her own upbringing.

stay sexy and dont get murdered karen kilgariff georgia hardstark
cover: Forge Books; background: Lepusinensis/getty images

stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered By Karen Kilgariff And Georgia Hardstark (may 28)

Calling all podcast fiends: The hosts of My Favorite Murder now have a collection of humorous essays. Combining personal stories with true-crime anecdotes, the two best friends muse on their biggest mistakes and fears. It’s funny, of course, but Kilgariff and Hardstark also go surprisingly deep, educating readers about the importance of advocating for themselves, and valuing personal safety over being "nice" or "helpful."

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