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It’s book election time! Voting for the May LibraryReads list ends April 1.  What books will you cast your ballot for?

Here are some staff favorites publishing this May. There’s still time to check out this month’s titles; simply request an eGalley to get a sneak peek for yourself! Mention LibraryReads in your request to get a quick approval.

We Were Liars

“Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)…This is poised to be big.”
Booklist (starred review)

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“[Reichl’s] satisfying coming-of-age novel of love and loss vividly demonstrates the power of food to connect people across cultures and generations.”
Library Journal (starred review)

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“Bracing….Undeniable….The echoes of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison are clear….A very strong first novel that blends tough realism with the appealing strangeness of a fever dream.”—Kirkus Reviews

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The Painter

“Jim Stegner, celebrated painter, ardent fisherman and homespun philosopher, narrates this masterful novel, in which love (parental and romantic), artistic vision, guilt, grief, and spine-chilling danger propel a suspenseful plot…Heller is equally skillful at describing the creation of a painting as he is at describing the thrilling details of a gunfight. Here, he explores the mysteries of the human heart and creates an indelible portrait of a man searching for peace, while seeking to maintain his humanity in the face of violence and injustice.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Garden of Burning Sand

“Fans of Addison’s first novel and readers who enjoy socially conscious fiction will want this.”—Library Journal

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