Here are the best new books to read in April 2022

April is packed with an almost overwhelming number of exciting new releases from esteemed authors. Among the highlights: Jennifer Egan delivers a long-awaited sibling novel A visit from the Goon Squad, and Emily St. John Mandel turns yet another pandemic into fodder for fiction. Ocean Vuong’s second volume of poetry will leave readers breathless, while comedian Jessi Klein’s essays promise a laugh for stressed-out parents. Other titles celebrate deaf culture and showcase vivacious, determined nuns.

Here are the 12 best new books to read in April.

The candy houseJennifer Egan (April 5)

Jennifer Egan’s 2010 novel A visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and captivated readers with his imagination and intellect. Now, more than a decade later, many of its characters are returning the candy house, which is billed as a sibling novel but also works as a standalone novel. It focuses on a new technology, Own Your Unconscious, that allows people to store and share all of their memories. Egan uses tweets and emails from the future to illustrate what happens when we have access to each other’s most private thoughts.

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Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Emergence of White Power and WealthClyde W. Ford (April 5)

Black Americans have long helped whites get—and stay—rich, but in lieu of their fair share, they have received brutality in return. This is the central argument made by Clyde W. Ford, a psychotherapist and author of Think blackmakes them in this well-researched book. Ford narrates the time from the arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia in 1619 to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. He illustrates the many ways in which black labor was essential to areas such as agriculture, politics, medicine, and law enforcement, and does this clearly reparations are still due.

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Let’s not do that againGrant Ginder (April 5)

Nancy Harrison is running for Senate, and her biggest obstacles are her grown children, Greta and Nick. Greta made headlines for hurling a bottle of champagne through a Parisian restaurant window during a political uprising, which doesn’t do Nancy’s image any good. Nick, wriggling his way and writing a musical based on the works of Joan Didion, accompanies his mother to France to bring Greta home and save the campaign. Ginder – Author of The people we hate at the wedding— has inhabited the world he writes about: He spent time as a congressional intern and White House speechwriter, experiences that lend luster to this big-hearted family comedy.

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sea ​​of ​​calmEmily St. John Mandel (April 5)

sea ​​of ​​calm introduces readers to Olive, the author of a best-selling novel on the pandemic—a rather meta-plot point considering Emily St. John Mandel herself is the author of a hugely popular (and prescient) pandemic novel, station eleven. We get to know Olive by jumping from a Vancouver forest in 1912 to the lunar colony she inhabits in 2203. Mandel plays with the idea of ​​parallel worlds and presents a puzzle about the nature of time and reality that never ceases to surprise. Longtime fans will appreciate the Easter eggs that tease her past work.

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true businessSara Nović (April 5)

It follows the second novel by Sara Nović girl at war, takes place in a school for the deaf, where the lives of a headmistress and two students overlap. One of the teenagers, Charlie, is forced by her parents to get a cochlear implant, a controversial device that helps some deaf people hear sounds. Her hearing family never allowed her to learn American Sign Language – in stark contrast to the experience her classmate Austin had growing up with deaf parents. When Charlie and Austin go missing, their community is put to the test in this coming-of-age tale of love, friendship, protest and justice.

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memphisTara M. Stringfellow (April 5)

Tara M. Stringfellow’s moving debut novel follows three generations of a black Southern family from the 1930s through the early 2000s. When Joan is 10 years old, she, her mother and her sister flee from their abusive father and seek refuge with a family in Memphis. It’s the same place where Joan’s grandfather was lynched 50 years earlier after becoming the city’s first black detective. Introducing characters worth rooting for, Stringfellow jumps between years and voices to reveal how we pass on trauma, anger and love.

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Time is a motherOcean Vuong (April 5)

Six years have passed since Ocean Vuong’s first collection of poems, Night sky with exit wounds, has been published. Meanwhile, he published a haunting, lyrical novel, On Earth, we are momentarily beautiful. Now he finally returns with 27 new poems. Many are filled with pain as Vuong grapples with the death of his mother. Others examine race, sexual orientation, and identity. Time is a mother is a poignant and beautiful collection.

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Structure of a nervous systemMargo Jefferson (April 12)

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson, her memoirs negro country was released in 2015 – reflecting some of her most intimate memories in Structure of a nervous system. She combines memoir and criticism by examining how black artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ike Turner, Nat King Cole and Bud Powell helped shape them and how they influenced race and class more broadly. Jefferson excels at deconstructing American culture, and her raw introspection makes her work compelling.

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Sisters of Mokama: The pioneers who brought hope and healing to IndiaJyoti Thottam (April 12)

Sisters of Mokama is the inspirational story of six Kentucky nuns who built a hospital in a poor part of India in 1947 when diseases like cholera were rampant. Soon the nuns opened a nursing school – and the mother of New York Times Editor Jyoti Thottam (who used to work at TIME) was one of the women who studied there. At the time, Indian women rarely left home without a man, so the opportunity to train at the hospital was life-changing. Thottam interviewed more than 60 people to recreate the determination of the doctors and nurses who worked at the hospital in its early years, as well as the women who founded it.

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The Trouble With Happiness: And Other StoriesTove Ditlevsen, translated by Michael Favala Goldman (April 19th)

Danish writer Tove Ditlevsen died in 1976, but her legacy lives on with this collection of short stories. As a title The problem with happiness, suggests this is not a happy read; it mainly focuses on relationship turmoil. In one story, a husband chases his wife’s pet cat away because he feels threatened by her love for her; in another, a tyrannical mother oppresses her children. Manipulation and alienation are common themes. Readers who liked Ditlevsen’s autobiography The Copenhagen Trilogy will appreciate these stories – they are disturbing but beautifully crafted.

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Forbidden CityVanessa Hua (April 19)

Set in 1960s China – during the violent Cultural Revolution – a fictional teenage girl named Mei is recruited by the Communist Party and drawn into the inner workings of the leader who is leading the upheaval. She becomes his confidante and romantic partner, constantly fighting off jealous young women who want to take her place, including the Chairman’s wife. But when Mei is assigned an important political mission, she becomes disillusioned and faces painful decisions. Forbidden City is a thoroughly researched, fascinating novel that offers a new perspective on a turbulent era.

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I’ll Show Myself: Essays on Midlife and MotherhoodJessi Klein (26.04.)

Comedian Jessi Klein provides a needed laugh for parents just emerging from the dumpster fire also known as pandemic parenting. In her second volume of essays, In Amy Schumer The author grapples with the humiliations and possibilities of midlife and motherhood, from impossible car seats to equally confusing “mama” necklaces. Even the titles of the articles are funny. Among the highlights: “Eulogy for My Feet”, “Your Husband Will Remarry Five Minutes After You Die” and “Listening to Beyoncé in the Parking Lot of Party City”.

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