Top Picks for Spring

The count-down is on: Summer Reading at your library starts this month, on Tuesday, May 29! We can’t wait for a summer of terrific programs, fun prizes, and of course, great books! Put these books on your radar now, so when Summer Reading starts, your TBR pile is ready to go!

Coming This May 

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, by Roxane Gay (available now):

Why: Gay is one of the foremost essayists and cultural critics of our time, and this particular volume, about the lives and rights of women in contemporary culture, is sure to spark conversation and debate.



The Favorite Sister, by Jessica Knoll (May 15):

Why: Knoll’s debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, was a runaway blockbuster success. Her second novel will no doubt be just as huge: this time, Knoll turns her attention to the love-hate relationship between two sisters whose reality show life proves murderous.



Love and Ruin, by Paula McLain (available now):

Why: If you loved The Paris Wife – and we know you did! – you will definitely want to immerse yourself in McLain’s latest work of historical fiction, which once again examines the relationship between author Ernest Hemingway and his wife, this time focusing on second wife Martha Gellhorn.



Warlight: A Novel, by Michael Ondaatje (May 8):

Why: Because you loved the English Patient (whether it’s the book or the movie), The Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See, and other World War II-era dramas.



Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts (May 29):

Why: First of all: new Nora Roberts book! But Shelter in Place may be her most timely work of suspense yet: it delves into the lives (and in true Nora Roberts fashion, the loves) of the survivors of a shooting massacre, who are being targeted years after their ordeal.

Coming This June

Us Against You, by Fredrik Backman (June 5):

Why: We are huge fans of Backman in general (A Man Called Ove was one of our favorite book club selections!), andUs Against You book cover Us Against You is a return to Beartown, the hockey-crazed setting of Backman’s last bestselling novel.  

The President Is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (June 4):

The President Is Missing Book CoverWhy: You read that right: bestselling mystery author James Patterson has teamed up with former President Bill Clinton (exactly: that Bill Clinton) on a thriller about a U.S. president who goes missing, despite being heavily guarded. We want to read it just to believe it!



All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin (June 26): 

Why: If Giffin has a book out for the summer, it’s guaranteed to be a bestseller – and guaranteed to be the perfect “beach read,” whether you’re reading her on vacation or not!

All We Ever Wanted Book CoverWicked and the Wallflower book cover

Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean (June 19):

Why: MacLean is one of the best historical romance writers publishing today, and this is the (stellar) start to an all-new series! If you haven’t read her Scandal & Scoundrel series, they are an absolute must-read addition to your shelves.


Top Picks for Spring