The Best New Books to Read This Month

Whether you’re looking for a moving memoir, riveting science fiction read or a delicious new cookbook, April has something for everyone. Here are this month’s new releases that caught our eye.

1

The Outrun, by Amy Liptrot

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Amy Liptrot moved to London from the small community of Orkney, Scotland, hoping to leave the remote life of her childhood behind. But when she lives in the big city, she finds herself in a cycle of alcohol addiction she is unable to break, forcing her to move home to her family’s sheep farm. Back in Orkney she takes a job working at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, exposing her to a world that becomes essential in getting back to health. This powerful book chronicles her return to the islands she had always longed to leave, and her steps to recovery among nature.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

Released April 25.  


2

Startup, by Doree Shafrir

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This modern novel brings us into the world of the hyper-competitive tech startup market, where Mack McAllister is working on a $1 billion dollar app idea. At the same time, Katya Pasternack, a tech journalist looking for her next big scoop, gets wind that Mack is getting too cozy with a younger employee in his office. With wit and humor, Shafrir brings us into a world full of love, money, and characters that will do almost anything to get ahead in their careers.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

Released April 25.  


3

It Happens All the Time, by Amy Hatvany

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This moving novel about love, friendship, and sexual consent tells the story of best friends Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks, reunited after Amber’s college graduation. Though Amber is engaged to another man, she gives into flirtation and kisses Tyler one night, changing the course of their friendship forever. By telling the story through both character's perspectives, Hatvany portrays the complexity of relationships and the issue of consent.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

Released March 28.



4

On Vegetables, by Jeremy Fox

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Jeremy Fox made a name for himself as a chef while working at the Michelin-starred restaurant Ubuntu in Napa Valley. Fox is not a vegetarian, and this book is not a typical vegetarian cookbook. Instead, he has reimagined vegetables into dishes that go way beyond salad—from tandoori carrots to country-fried morel mushrooms. Filled with gorgeous photographs and easy to follow recipes, this would make a perfect gift for both an experienced chef and the passionate home cook.

To buy: $29; amazon.com.

Released April 17.  


5

Afterland: Poems, by Mai Der Vang

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Winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Mai Der Vang showcases her moving work in this powerful collection of poems. Throughout the book she tells the story of the Hmong exodus from Laos through the eyes of her family in the 1970s, and what happened to the refugees that were forced to flee from their homes. Through these stories, she sheds light on this little-known part of history and how its legacy is present even in the United States today.

To buy: $16; amazon.com.

Released April 4.  


6

The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch

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Bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch is back with a futuristic version of the story of Joan of Arc. In this iteration, the world has been torn apart by war, forcing humans to move to a CIEL, a craft hovering near earth. Humans have surpassed evolution to become creatures of their own kind: sexless, hairless, and floating in isolation. But when a leader rises to the ranks who runs CIEL like a police state, rebels unite behind Joan, a child warrior with a unique gift. Through these characters, Yuknavitch creates a dystopian story of power that questions what it means to be human.

To buy: $18; amazon.com.

Released April 8.  



7

Sunshine State, by Sarah Gerard

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This sophomore book from Sarah Gerard, a collection of essays that are a mix of memories and investigations, explores how growing up in Florida, with its extremes of poverty and wealth, shaped Gerard’s identity. While she lives in New York now, Gerard returned to Florida to immerse herself in her research, visiting a wild bird rehabilitation center caught up in fraud, meeting a once-homeless minister who now runs a free meal program, touring mansions in an upper class development, and spending time with people from her own past.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

Released April 11.  


8

A Line Made By Walking, by Sara Baume

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Drawn from Blume’s own experiences is this fictional story of Frankie, a twenty-something struggling artist, who goes to stay in her grandmother’s vacant house on “Turbine Hill” in Ireland. Through her work as a photographer, Frankie begins to see the natural world around her more closely, and finally begins to come to terms with her own circumstances. This moving novel about mental health is a remarkable read for anyone who has ever felt lost. 

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

Released April 18.  


9

Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer

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This otherworldly novel set in a dystopian future tells the story of Rachel, a scavenger in a ruined world, who finds a green lump creature that reminds her of the island she grew up on. She names the charismatic creature "Borne" and becomes attached even as it proves dangerous. As Borne begins to grow, it puts both Rachel and her lover, Wick, at risk to Mord, a gigantic flying bear. But nothing in her world is as it seems, and as she gets closer to Wick, Rachel realizes he may be keeping more secrets from her than she could have imagined.

To buy: $26; amazon.com.

Released April 25.  



10

What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky: Stories, by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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At 13, Lesley Nneka Arimah emigrated from Nigeria to Louisiana, a transition that left her disoriented and forever attuned to the complexities of displacement. In this incredible debut collection of short stories, she presents the reader with tales of conflicting cultures and the rich intricacies of our relationship with home. Combining her own experience with fiction and magical realism, Arimah explores the ideas of exile, loss, and what it means to feel at home.

To buy: $14; amazon.com.

Released April 4.