Spring Book List Part Two

Here’s the second part of our spring book list.Booklist  We didn’t realize that we’d still be wanting to curl up by a fire with our book in late April!  But either way, a good read will always keep you warm! Here are a few more novel recommendations being released in May and June.


On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas

Thomas had a great success with her first novel, The Hate U Give, and her second novel, On The Come Up, is also set in Garden Heights.  She depicted this urban world in The Hate U Give, and the new book revolves around a teenage girl, Bri, trying to make it in the rap world.  One of its central themes is one that is never asked by people aspiring to any success: what happens when you get what you want?  Is it really what you want? Is it worth the price you’ve paid to obtain it? On The Come Up is out on May 1.  

That Kind of Mother, by Rumaan Alam

Another second novel by a writer coming off a triumphant debut.  Alam had success with his book Rich and Pretty.  The new novel, like its predecessor, explores culture, ethnicity, and family.  It focuses on the relationship between a white woman who is raising a black son.  The book is set in the late-1980s and 1990s but certainly will reverberate today as society continues to struggle and evolve with issues of race.  That Kind of Mother will be released on May 8.

Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje

The writer of the internationally-acclaimed novel The English Patient, which was also made into an Oscar-winning motion picture, is back with a book set in the decade after World War II.  Coming out on May 8th, Warlight unravels as a kind of mystery to the reader and the central characters, two teenage siblings whose parents leave them in London in the care of a strange man and network of characters.  The mother returns from Singapore with their father or explanation of what has transpired. The son, Nathaniel, tries to piece the puzzle together years later. Be sure that Warlight will deliver writing in its finest form by one of the world’s masters.


Florida, by Lauren GroffBooklist

For those who may prefer the short story form, June 5th will bring the release of Florida.  The stories are by the author of the Fates and Furies, as Groff explores her thoughts and experiences on being a mother and living in that enigma we know as The Sunshine State.  Groff describes the tension in her stories as stemming from mixed emotions that we all have – passionate love tempered by distrust or a foreboding feeling.  


Bearskin, by James A. McLaughlin

And finally, Bearskin will drop on June 12th.  This thriller is getting a lot of hype as it revolves around the character Rice Moore, a former criminal who has tried to leave behind his nefarious past.  But the old life is doing its best to pull him back in. A series of bear killings are used to move the plot as Moore must confront his former life. Critics are claiming that McLaughlin has created a mesmerizing work with the suspense of a mystery page-turner and the emotional reverberation of fine literature.   


As always, find these books at Barnes & Noble in Greece-Ridge Mall and check out upcoming spring events at B&N!  

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