The hottest books. April 2013.
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April showers might bring May flowers, but they also offer an opportunity to curl up inside with a good book before the siren song of spring grows too strong. And lucky for us, there are some fabulous books coming out this month. Heavy hitters Kate Atkinson, Meg Wolitzer, David Sedaris, and Joe Hill all have new releases that we just can’t stop recommending.  With such a range of talented authors, our list includes something for almost every taste. So sit back and check out what books the bloggers you most trust are recommending for April.  - Jennifer Karsbaek
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
(April 2, Harper)
Reconstructing Amelia is a gripping examination of the complex relationships between women and the different ways we construct our identities. Kate's efforts to piece together what happened to her daughter, intercut with Amelia's haunting narrative, raises questions about how much we ever really know each other in this fresh, original, and relevant novel.
Amy Riley, My Friend Amy
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The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen
(April 9, Washington Square Press)
Pekkanen’s fourth book uses the setting of an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica to reunite four college friends and delve into the issues of marriage, children, health, and friendship. As is usual for Pekkanen, The Best of Us is characterized by a strong voice and sympathetic, engaging characters.
Jennifer Karsbaek, Devourer of Books
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Country Girl by Edna O’Brien
(April 30, Little, Brown & Company)
Edna O'Brien's personal voice and evocative style color the memoir she never intended to write. Focusing on the defining phases of her life—a convent-school education, a stifling marriage, worldwide fame—O'Brien's frankness is both startling and fascinating. Although her struggles with independence, motherhood, and career are uniquely hers, they are shrouded in an Irish mist and mirror those of a generation of strong women.
Candace B. Levy, Beth Fish Reads
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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
(April 9, Riverhead Books)
The Interestings is a fascinating look at a group of friends from very different backgrounds and at how wealth and adversity change these bonds over the course of their lives.
Swapna Krishna, S. Krishna’s Books
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Relish by Lucy Knisley
(April 2, First Second)
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley is an example of what a good foodie memoir should be: inviting with a great story to tell. The daughter of a chef, Knisley recalls her childhood growing up surrounded by people who loved food, whether it was something as simple as spiced tea or as sophisticated as foie gras. Relish is a graphic memoir that food lovers of all ages will enjoy.
Natasha Vasillis, 1330v
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The Smart One by Jennifer Close
(April 2, Alfred A. Knopf)
Weezy’s parents always said that she was “the smart one,” but it is hard to feel brilliant when all three of your adult children have returned to live at home. In her sophomore novel, Jennifer Close creates a vivid and realistic portrait of a not always functional, but still loving, family and explores both the parent–child relationship and adult sibling rivalries.
Jennifer Karsbaek, Devourer of Books
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Editor's Pick - I just love Close's ability to insert laugh-out-loud moments in a book otherwise filled with some very serious life events. It is this balance that makes her work truly special. - Jen
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
(April 30, William Morrow)
While voluminous in length, NOS4A2 doesn’t present as a drawn-out, rambling novel but is, instead, a truly epic tome destined to be named a modern classic in its genre. Battling good against evil, naivety versus cynicism, Hill gifts readers with a genuinely memorable read. Brilliance runs rich in this literary family!
Jenn Lawrence, Jenn’s Bookshelves
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The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz
(April 2, Atria)
In The Edge of the Earth, Christina Schwarz transports readers to the end of the nineteenth century, following a young woman named Trudy west from Wisconsin to an isolated lighthouse in California. Schwarz’s writing is atmospheric and beautifully wrought, her characterization remarkably realistic, and her plotting superb.
Jennifer Karsbaek, Devourer of Books
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Stuck in the Middle with You by Jennifer Finney Boylan
(April 30, Crown)

Boylan’s latest autobiographical offering is part exploration of her family’s journey as she transitions genders from male to female (effectively changing her role in the lives of her wife and two young sons) and part informal sociological survey of gender identity and its role in parenting. Clear, thought-provoking, heart-warming and breezily confessional, Stuck in the Middle with You uses personal experiences and revealing interviews to outline the evolution of what children and parents take away from different types of families.
Nicole Bonía, Linus’s Blanket
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Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley
(April 16, Little, Brown & Company)

Amity & Sorrow propels readers through the collision of a lonely farmer and a woman on the run from a failed communal experiment—her fearful and reluctant teenage daughters in tow. Riley deftly explores the bonds and boundaries of love, faith, and responsibility when passionate and well-intentioned ideals stray far from their origins in this emotionally fraught debut.
Nicole Bonía, Linus’s Blanket
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Editor's Pick - I really love when I get so involved with a book that I want to talk with the characters and give them guidance. That was definitely the case here! - Nicole
And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
(April 9, St. Martin’s Press)
When Kate discovered her pregnancy after Jack had married another woman, they chose adoption in hopes of giving their child the best possible future. And Then I Found You candidly explores how love, loss, and faith wrap around the hearts of all those touched by adoption like a bittersweet braid.
Jennifer Conner, Literate Housewife
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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
(April 23, Little, Brown & Company)
In the latest collection of essays by David Sedaris, get ready to meet a leaner, tamer Sedaris, but don’t doubt the humor of these well-arced essays (and ironic monologues). Bold, funny, and mildly offensive (for the politically conservative), Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls is the long-awaited return to Sedaris gold.
Jenn Ravey, The Picky Girl
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A Virtual Love by Andrew Blackman
(April 1, Legend Press)
Andrew Blackman's second novel looks at the world of online interaction, telling an engaging story while making deeper points about the commodification of identity in the age of social networking. A twenty-something is mistaken for a powerful political blogger. He plays along, until events spiral out of control.
Thom Cuell, Workshy Fop
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The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran
(April 23, The Dial Press)
The Hope Factory takes place in modern-day India. It chronicles the stories of Anand, a seemingly successful businessman, and of Kamala, his less-fortunate maid. They, along with their families, are both living on the edge of disaster. An original tale about family, hope, and survival.
Jennifer Hartling, The Relentless Reader
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The Program by Suzanne Young
(April 30, Simon Pulse)
An unsettling look at a society in which teen suicide is an epidemic treated by The Program—a cure to combat depression by completely erasing memories associated with the onset of that depression. The other teens fight not to catch it or show any emotions that could send them for treatment. Chilling, suspenseful, and thought provoking.
Jamie Miller, The Perpetual Page Turner
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Bristol House by Beverly Swerling
(April 4, Viking)
Combining the stories of a research assignment undertaken by desperate scholar and recovering alcoholic Annie Kendall and the preoccupations of sixteenth-century Carthusian monks, Bristol House is fast-paced, conspiracy-driven historical fiction of the best kind. Swerling’s ghost story provides illumination on Thomas Cromwell’s dealing with the church while linking it to modern-day religious politics in this excellently researched novel.
Nicole Bonía, Linus’s Blanket
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
(April 2, Little, Brown & Company)
A haunting novel, Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life plays with the concepts of time and fate, choice and chance, transformation and consistency, all set against the dramatic backdrop of WWII Europe. The main character makes choices—some subtle, some extreme—that change her fate and future history. Ursula’s captivating journey will leave readers in amazement long after the last page.
Alison Skap, Alison’s Bookmarks
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Bloggers Recommend is the creation of bloggers Jennifer Karbaek and Nicole Bonía, who were looking for a viable way to aggregate book blogger recommendations of advance titles into a monthly best-of list - similar to Amazon's Best of the Month picks and the IndieNext list.

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