Great Reads | May Starred Reviews

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








Crosley, Sloane. Grief Is for People: A Memoir. Macmillan Audio.

Lin, Jami Nakamura. The Night Parade: A Speculative Memoir. HarperAudio.

Orange, Tommy. Wandering Stars. Books on Tape.


Bivald, Katarina. The Murders in Great Diddling. Poisoned Pen.

Castillo, Linda. The Burning. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Greene, M.S. There’s No Murder Like Show Murder. Crooked Lane.

Lapena, Shari. What Have You Done? Pamela Dorman: Viking.

Quinn, Kate. The Briar Club. Morrow.

Taylor, Sarah Stewart. Agony Hill. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Ware, Ruth. One Perfect Couple. Gallery.


Buckell, Tobias S. & Dave Klecha. The Runes of Engagement. Tachyon.

Hall, Kerstin. Asunder.

Kim, Sophie. The God and the Gumiho. Del Rey: Ballantine.

Kingfisher, T. A Sorceress Comes To Call. Tor.

Penelope, Leslye. Daughter of the Merciful Deep. Redhook: Orbit.


Alexander, TJ. Triple Sec. Atria/Emily Bestler.

James, Eloisa. Viscount in Love. Avon.

Kirwan, Noué. Frequent Fliers. Canary Street.

McQuiston, Casey. The Pairing: Special 1st Edition. St. Martin’s Griffin.

Soltani, Simone. Cross the Line. Berkley.

Wood, Laura. Under Your Spell. Atria. 


Moore, Liz. The God of the Woods. Riverhead.

Perrin, Valérie. Forgotten on Sunday. Europa. 

Tripp, Dawn. Jackie. Random.

Wassmer, MJ. Zero Stars, Do Not Recommend. Sourcebooks Landmark.


Hauck, Rachel. Meet Me at the Starlight. Bethany House.


Tingle, Chuck. Bury Your Gays. Tor Nightfire.


Cullinan, Elizabeth. Yellow Roses. New York ReLit.

Harris, MacDonald. Mortal Leap. Boiler House.


Benoliel, Bernard & others. Alfred Hitchcock, All the Films: The Story Behind Every Movie, Episode, and Short. Black Dog & Leventhal.

Dawes, Kwame. Sturge Town: Poems. Norton.

Hanna, Kathleen. Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk. Ecco: HarperCollins.

Hoff, A. Ashley. With Love, Mommie Dearest: The Making of an Unintentional Camp Classic. Chicago Review.

Hopson, Cheryl R. Zora Neale Hurston. Reaktion.

Kennedy, Matthew. On Elizabeth Taylor: An Opinionated Guide. Oxford Univ.

Powers, Ann. Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell. Dey Street.

Scheer, Paul. Joyful Recollections of Trauma. HarperOne.

Teague, Lettie. Dear Readers and Riders: The Beloved Books, Faithful Fans, and Hidden Private Life of Marguerite Henry. Trafalgar Square.

Tucker-Sullivan, Lori. I Can’t Remember If I Cried: Rock Widows on Life, Love and Legacy. Backbeat: Rowman & Littlefield.

Tye, Larry. The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America. Mariner.


Adiba, Zarifa & Anne Chaon. Playing for Freedom: The Journey of a Young Afghan Girl. Amazon Crossing.

Asante, M.K. Nephew: A Memoir in 4-Part Harmony. Amistad: HarperCollins.

Isserman, Maurice. Reds: The Tragedy of American Communism. Basic: Perseus.

Koch, Christof. Then I Am Myself the World: What Consciousness Is and How To Expand It. Basic: Perseus. 

Paradis, Michel. The Light of Battle: Eisenhower, D-Day, and the Birth of the American Superpower. Mariner.

Prose, Francine. 1974: A Personal History. Harper.

Smyth, Adam. The Book-Makers: A History of the Book in Eighteen Lives. Basic: Perseus.


Fields, Timothy L. & Shereem Herndon-Brown. The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions. Johns Hopkins Univ.

Kuzmic, Kristina. I Can Fix This: And Other Lies I Told Myself While Parenting My Struggling Child. Penguin Life.

Watts, Laura Tamblyn. Let’s Talk About Aging Parents: A Real-Life Guide to Solving Problems with 27 Essential Converations. The Experiment.


Lintott, Chris. Accidental Astronomy: How Random Discoveries Shape the Science of Space. Basic: Perseus.

Massih, Edy. Keep It Zesty: A Celebration of Lebanese Flavors & Culture from Edy’s Grocer. Harper.

Poliafito, Renato & Casey Elsass. Dolci!: American Baking with an Italian Accent. Knopf.


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