30 Books to Read Now

30 ideas to help you answer the question of what to read next .... click here to see a list of our most eagerly anticipated books of the season.

Last updated April 9.

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

Lonesome Dove: A Novel Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781439195260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

Wow, this book is incredible. The blurbs on the back cover from a litany of great writers (Jacqueline Woodson, Marlon James, Brit Bennett) all say it better than I can, however, I will add, read this book, if for nothing else than for Abdurraqib's stunning essay "I Would Like to Give Mary Clayton Her Roses." He packs it all into this brilliant, personal, insightful and ultimately devastating essay about Clayton's backup vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." This book should win all of the prizes. --Elese


First Person Singular: Stories Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318072
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Published: Knopf - April 6th, 2021

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The Last Taxi Driver Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142681
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Published: Tin House Books - April 6th, 2021

A troubled middle-aged cabbie in a north Mississippi college town drives folks with their own issues around town. From the hospital, to rundown apartments, to a seedy motel, The Last Taxi Driver takes you on a tour of a city full of unique characters and plenty of dark alleys. Southern lit at its grimy best! --Colin


Hummingbird Salamander: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374173548
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Published: MCD - April 6th, 2021

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525537212
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

The Hour of the Star Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811219495
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Published: New Directions - November 9th, 2011

The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399592706
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Published: One World - April 6th, 2021

The Night Watchman: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

Now in paperback!


Peaces: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593192337
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel (The Murderbot Diaries #5) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250229854
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Published: Tordotcom - March 30th, 2021

Gold Diggers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984882035
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Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021

White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781469661179
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 22nd, 2021

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How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope Cover Image
By James Crews, Ross Gay (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635863864
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 23rd, 2021

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062379276
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Published: Amistad - July 31st, 2018

The Most Fun We Ever Had Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525564232
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Published: Anchor - April 6th, 2021

Northern Spy: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735224995
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Published: Viking - April 6th, 2021

How far would you go to protect your family? Would you destroy others? Would you destroy your own world? A young single mother is rocked out of her new-mom reverie and reminded that life in her hometown suburb of Belfast during The Troubles is complicated..,and deadly. It's no easy feat to stay clear of the IRA and work for the BBC ... it's too much to ask to simply be a mom, a sister and a daughter. And when choices are required, would you make the same ones as Tessa? Once the hook is set this story can't go untold and unread. --Jamie


Afterlife Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643751368
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 6th, 2021

Gilead (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250784018
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735219106
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 30th, 2021

Big Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501133527
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 6th, 2021

Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062966759
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 6th, 2021

It's Always Freezer Season: How to Freeze Like a Chef with 100 Make-Ahead Recipes [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781607746898
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 6th, 2021

Good Company: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062876003
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Published: Ecco - April 6th, 2021

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Broken (in the best possible way) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250077035
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 6th, 2021

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Caul Baby: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062873088
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Published: Harper - April 6th, 2021

The Henna Artist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780778331476
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Published: Mira Books - April 6th, 2021

Red Island House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982137809
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Published: Scribner - March 23rd, 2021

In this transporting novel, Shay, a Black woman from California working as a professor of literature in Milan, has married Senna, a wealthy Italian businessman. Before long, Shay finds herself in an unsought-after role, managing the servants at her vacation estate on an island off the coast of Madagascar. She wrestles with her privilege, her race, her ambivalence, her marriage, and her overall place in ex-pat island life. A page-turning and thought-provoking read. --Elese


Breasts and Eggs Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021