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NEW BOOKS FOR MAY



There, There

The Bride Test

With the Fire on High

Joyful

Hollywood Black

When We Left Cuba

There There is distinguished not only by Orange's crackling style, but by its unusual subject. This is a novel about urban Indians, about native peoples who know, as he says, "the sound of the freeway better than [they] do rivers ... the smell of gas and freshly wet concrete and burned rubber better than [they] do the smell of cedar or sage..."


Time to update your to-read list, because there are a lot of great books coming your way. You'll find plenty of exciting new releases from beloved writers as well as long-awaited sequels. Here are the books we are most excited about. Each one has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team.

Featured Books



The Bride Test


This story is smart, sassy, sexy, exactly what you would expect from a romance book. But on the flip side, Khai's struggles are real and genuine. Hoang really shines here and brings forward her voice and experience also having Autism Spectrum Disorder. - Girl Well Read


The Bride Test
$9.99


What Would You Do If A Rich Woman Promised To Change Your Life 

— As Long As You Married Her Son?


Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. 


 As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection. 


 With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And accept that there’s more than one way to love.




Summer Vibes




Eleanor Oliphant 


A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon


Pachinko


‟If proof were needed that one family’s story can be the story of the whole world, then Pachinko offers that proof. Min Jin Lee’s novel is gripping from start to finish, crossing cultures and generations with breathtaking power. Pachinko is a stunning achievement, full of heart, full of grace, full of truth.”– Erica Wagner, author of Ariel’s Gift and Seizure


Next Year in Havana


"Cleeton has penned an atmospheric, politically insightful, and highly hopeful homage to a lost world. Devour NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA and you, too, will smell the perfumed groves, taste the ropa vieja, and feel the sun on your face. Just a wonderful and educational book!"  - Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter


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