Great Reads | April Starred Reviews

The top reads from our April issue, ranging across audio, mystery, suspense, romance, fiction, graphic novels, horror, science fiction, fantasy, arts, science, and more.









Nethercott, GennaRose. Fifty Beasts To Break Your Heart. Books on Tape. 

Rinella, Steven & Clay Newcomb. MeatEater’s American History: The Long Hunters (1761–1775). Books on Tape. 


Coryell, Tasha. Love Letters to a Serial Killer. Berkley. 

Mukherjee, Abir. Hunted. Mulholland. 

Sandford, John. Toxic Prey. Putnam. 


Buehlman, Christopher. The Daughters’ War. Tor. 

Chandrasekera, Vajra. Rakesfall. 

Grossman, Lev. The Bright Sword: A Novel of King Arthur. Viking. 

Pechaček, Jared. The West Passage. Tor. 

Saintcrow, Lilith. The Fall of Waterstone. Orbit. 

Sangoyomi, O.O. Masquerade. Forge. 


Kim, Monika. The Eyes Are the Best Part. Erewhon. 

Lima, Ananda. Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil. Tor. 

Thomas, Scott. Midwestern Gothic. Inkshares. 


Ewing, Amy. The Irish Goodbye. Alcove. 

Joyce, Jessica. The Ex Vows. Berkley. 

Lee, Jayci. That Prince Is Mine. St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Peckham, Scarlett. The Mistress Experience. Avon. 

Sebastian, Cat. You Should Be So Lucky. Avon. 


Cornwell, Bernard. Sharpe’s Command. Harper. 

King, Stephen. You Like It Darker: Stories. Scribner. 

Shibusawa, Tatsuhiko. Takaoka’s Travels. Stone Bridge. 


Ferris, Emil. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Bk. 2. Fantagraphics. 

Kaneko, Atsushi & Osamu Tezuka. Search and Destroy, Vol. 1. Fantagraphics. 

La Police, Pierre. Masters of the Nefarious: Mollusk Rampage. New York Review Comics. 

Sakai, Stan. Usagi Yojimbo: 40th Anniversary Reader. Dark Horse. 


Courogen, Carrie. Miss May Does Not Exist: The Life and Work of Elaine May, Hollywood’s Hidden Genius. St. Martin’s. 

Duralde, Alonso. Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film. Running Pr. 

McNab, Ken. Shake It Up, Baby!: The Rise of Beatlemania and the Mayhem of 1963. Pegasus.

Seidelman, Susan. Desperately Seeking Something: A Memoir About Movies, Mothers, and Material Girls. St. Martin’s. 

Young, Josh & Manfred Westphal. The Fixer: Moguls, Mobsters, Movie Stars, and Marilyn. Grand Central. 


Holland, James. Burma ’44: The Battle That Turned World War II in the East. Grove. 

Khan, Sulmaan Wasif. The Struggle for Taiwan: A History of America, China, and the Island Caught Between. Basic. 

Marseille, Claudia. But You Look So Normal: Lost and Found in a Hearing World. She Writes Pr.

Sparrow, Paul M. Awakening the Spirit of America: FDR’s War of Words with Charles Lindbergh—and the Battle To Save Democracy. Pegasus. 

Taylor, Paul. ’Tis Not Our War: Avoiding Military Service in the Civil War North. Stackpole. 

Thornton, Sarah. Tits Up: What Sex Workers, Milk Bankers, Plastic Surgeons, Bra Designers, and Witches Tell Us About Breasts. Norton. 


Almond, Philip C. The Buddha: Life and Afterlife Between East and West. Cambridge Univ. 

Medaille, Ann. The Librarian’s Guide to Learning Theory: Practical Applications in Library Settings. ALA Neal-Schuman. 

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