Top Ten New Reads for Spring

Every month, Amazon staffers sort through hundreds of new books looking for gems. Here's what Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review editor, chose specifically for Post readers this season.

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Fiction

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by Colum McCann
Two fathers, one Palestinian and one Israeli, have both lost their daughters to violence. Their lives intertwine as they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.
(Random House)

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by Hilary Mantel

This third installment of the much-ballyhooed Wolf Hall trilogy details the downfall and grisly end of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s infamous chief minister.
(Henry Holt)

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by Alexis Schaitkint

Years after her sister was murdered on a family vacation to the Caribbean, Claire forges a bond with a resort employee who was arrested for the crime but released for lack of evidence.
(Celadon Books)

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by Lily King

Casey Peabody, a struggling writer who has been utterly undone by the death of her mother, must pilot through some of life’s most profound, confusing, and difficult transitions.
(Grove Press)

“TheThe Two Lives of Lydia Bird

by Josie Silver
Just as Lydia forces herself to start dating again after losing her partner of 10 years, she begins living parallel lives, one in the present and one where Freddy is still alive.
(Ballantine)

Nonfiction

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by Erik Larson
Drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters, and recently declassified material, this is a front-row seat to Winston Churchill’s first year as prime minister, when the Germans were closing in on London.
(Crown)

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by Eliese Colette Goldbach
The author returns to her hometown of Cleveland and takes a job at the steel mill because the paycheck offers a way out of poverty. But, well-educated and bipolar, she’s not your typical steel worker.
(Flatiron Books)

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by Glennon Doyle
In her most personal book yet, the activist and bestselling author shares her story of falling in love, divorcing her husband, marrying her wife, and realizing that the most important voice to listen to is your own.
(The Dial Press)

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by Nelson D. Schwartz
A gripping look at how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in everyday life — from airport security lines to theme parks — creating a friction-free life for the moneyed and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class.
(Doubleday)

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by Anne de Courcy
The Cote d’Azur in 1938 was awash in glamour, with Coco Chanel at its center. But as Nazis swooped in, it was transformed by war, and the city under siege wrought powerful stories of tragedy, sacrifice, and heroism.
(St. Martin’s Press)

This article is featured in the March/April 2020 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

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