From literary masters to the Queen of suspense, there is something for everyone this spring. Two pieces of nonfiction explore life (birth stories) and death (the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide). Which book from this list are you excited to explore?
'Frog Music' by Emma Donoghue - April 1
Emma Donoghue, best known for Room
, has written a literary crime novel in Frog Music. Frog Music explores a real life unsolved murder from the 1860s in California. The woman murdered wore pants and hunted frogs. The book is told from the perspective of her burlesque dancer friend who was with Jenny the night she was murdered and is determined to find the killer. Frog Music is a page turning mystery, but is also full of well researched historical details.
'I've Got You Under My Skin' by Mary Higgins Clark - April 1
Simon & Schuster
Mary Higgins Clark needs no introduction. Her psychological suspense novels have entertained and terrified a generation of readers. In her latest, I've Got You Under My Skin, a New York City ER doctor is murdered in front of his son on a playground. Five years later, the killer still has not been caught and his widow is a TV producer who has just been given the OK to produce a show on cold cases. Each episode will bring together survivors of crimes to reenact and reexamine what happened. What happens, though, if one of the players is guilty?
'Love & Treasure' by Ayelet Waldman - April 1
April is Holocaust Remembrance Month. If you want a novel to mark the month that is a different kind of story, try Ayelet Waldman's Love & Treasure. Love & Treasure is the story of the Hungarian Gold Train of 1945, which was filled with loot from World War II, much of which was taken by American soldiers. Years later, an American soldier gives his granddaughter a piece of jewelry that leads to a world of shady art dealers, stories of people who lost everything in the war, and revelations about her grandfather's guilt.
'Worst. Person. Ever.' by Douglas Coupland - April 3
Blue Rider Press
Douglas Coupland's protagonist, Neal, has no redeemable qualities. The plot, which involves launching a nuclear bomb over the Pacific ocean to clear plastic debris and a human apocalypse, is its own bundle of crazy. The novel, however, is one that reviewers are describing as laugh out loud funny.
'You Hide that you Hate Me and I Hide that I Know' - April 3
Philip Gourevitch's 1998 book, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, detailed the 1994 Rwandan genocide. On the twentieth anniversary of the genocide, Gourevitch has written an account of Rwanda since 1994. You Hide that you Hate Me and I Hide that I Know is a journalistic investigation, travelogue and narrative about how the country has rebuilt and the ongoing struggle in neighboring Congo.
'Can't and Won't' by Lydia Davis - April 8
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Can't and Won't is the fifth collection of stories by Lydia Davis. The collection includes typical stories, but also poems, letters of complaint to fake companies and short prose. This is a literary selection that is receiving pre-publication buzz. Davis won the Man Booker Prize
in 2013 with one of her earlier collections.
'Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers' - April 15
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers is a collection of essays from authors such as Julia Glass, Lauren Groff and Cheryl Strayed. Thirty women recount their labor stories. There are those determined to give birth naturally, those who love their epidurals, long births, short births, and even a birth in a car. The quality of the essays is mixed, but this is still a collection to keep in mind as a Mother's Day gift for young moms.