This Month in Adult Books: April 2023

Reading recommendations for adults
April 11, 2023
Featured Title
Pick axe on orange background with text reading the book title Chain-Gang All-StarsChain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyan
The bestselling author of Friday Black returns with his debut novel, a blistering and bruising satire set in a dystopian private prison system, not so far removed from American’s own in which prisoners fight to the death for their freedom. It’s a highly popular and highly profitable program that is also highly controversial. And as one fighter prepares to win it all, those in power will do anything to keep their star. This is a wildly exciting, brilliantly written, singular story that is not to be missed. It’s perfect for fans of Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour or  Hell of a Book by Jason Mott.

New and Upcoming
There are several exciting debuts coming this May starting with The Nigerwife by Vanessa Walters, a twisty, satirical thriller in which a young woman goes missing and her auntie begins a frantic search to find her, discovering more than she wants to know along the way. Homebodies from Tembe Denton-Hurst examines racism in the media through the story of one young Black journalist. And Clytemnestra, a debut from Costanza Casati, retells the story of the ancient world’s most notorious queen.
Nonfiction readers can enjoy a new book from Simon Winchester, Knowing What We Know, a look at theories of knowledge and how information has been shared through the centuries. And S.C. Gwynne shares the tale of the explosion of R101, an airship disaster that took place 7 years before The Hindenberg, in His Majesty’s Airship.  
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What We Are Reading
Large octopus sea creature engulfing a ship at sea with the book title The Adventures of Amina Al-SirafiThe Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty
This book is an absolute blast to read! It’s got all the best stuff in it—an infamous pirate queen lured back in for one last job who naturally has to get the gang back together and steal back her ship in order to complete the mission, the rescue of the daughter of an old crew member and possibly the discovery of a legendary lost relic. Along the way they face sea monsters, an evil sorcerer and his dangerous crew, demons, other magical realms, and SO MUCH MORE. If you love fantasy, you should read this book. If you’re looking for an adventure tale, you should read this book. If you just want a fun escape, read this book. 

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