10 Best Books to Read This Spring

Every month, Amazon staffers sift through hundreds of new books searching for gems. Here’s what Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose especially for Post readers this season.

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Fiction

Cemetery Road book coverCemetery Road

by Greg Iles

The suspense writer and author of the remarkable Natchez trilogy returns to weave a tale of friendship, betrayal, and dark secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.

(William Morrow)

Daisy Jones & The Six book coverDaisy Jones & The Six

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is one of the biggest novels of the first half of the year, told in the form of an oral history, about a young woman making music in the 1970s.

(Ballantine Books)

Gingerbread book coverGingerbread

by Helen Oyeyemi

In this fantastical novel, a daughter goes in search of her mother’s past, a journey that takes her to a far-off land where gingerbread is currency and magic might just be real.

(Riverhead Books)

A Wonderful Stroke of Luck book coverA Wonderful Stroke of Luck

by Ann Beattie

A young man is reunited with his old teacher from boarding school days, disturbing his equilibrium and throwing everything that he feels, and thinks he remembers, into question.

(Viking)

Miracle Creek book coverMiracle Creek

by Angie Kim

An experimental medical device kills two in rural Virginia and sets off a courtroom drama that draws on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, trial lawyer, and mother.

(Sarah Crichton)

Nonfiction

The Lady From the Black Lagoon coverThe Lady from the Black Lagoon

by Mallory O’Meara

This book uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick, one of Disney’s first female animators and creator of one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters.

(Hanover Square Press)

Horizon book coverHorizon

by Barry Lopez

In an extraordinarily thoughtful memoir, the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams examines the places he has visited in his life to tell his unique story.

(Knopf)

The Second Mountain book coverThe Second Mountain

by David Brooks

The author examines how, in a self-centered world, we might actually be able to identify and take on causes bigger than ourselves.

(Random House)

The Moment of Lift book coverThe Moment of Lift

by Melinda Gates

In her first book, Gates looks at the past 20 years she has spent working to empower women and comes to one conclusion: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.

(Flatiron Books)

Infinite Powers book coverInfinite Powers

by Steven Strogatz

Without calculus, we wouldn’t have cellphones, TV, GPS, or ultrasounds. Here is a brilliant, appealing explanation of how calculus works and why it makes our lives so much better.

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

This article is featured in the March/April 2019 issue of The Saturday Evening PostSubscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

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