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Essential titles reviewed in our April 2022 print issue, spanning audio, mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, graphic novels, reference, and more.


Chen, Mike. Light Years from Home. Harlequin Audio.

Lutz, Liz. The Accomplice. Penguin Random House Audio.

Yanagihara, Hanya. To Paradise. Penguin Random House Audio.


Berry, Connie. The Shadow of Memory. Crooked Lane.

Byrne, James. The Gatekeeper. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.


Barnhill, Kelly. When Women Were Dragons. Doubleday.

Hutchings, Ren. Under Fortunate Stars. Solaris.

Monáe, Janelle. The Memory Librarian. Harper Voyager.

Oyebanji, Adam. Braking Day. DAW.

Vo, Nghi. Siren Queen.


Crane, Jordan. Keeping Two. Fantagraphics.

Drnaso, Nick. Acting Class. Drawn & Quarterly.

Woodring, Jim. One Beautiful Spring Day. Fantagraphics.


LaRocca, Eric. We Can Never Leave This Place. JournalStone.

McGregor, Tim. Wasps in the Ice Cream. Silver Shamrock.

Orphans of Bliss: Tales of Addiction Horror. Wicked Runs.

Ruthnum, Naben. Helpmeet. Undertow.


Harper, Lana. From Bad to Cursed. Berkley.

Thompson, Alicia. Love in the Time of Serial Killers. Berkley.


Ahmad, Aamina. The Return of Faraz Ali. Riverhead.

Bayard, Louis. Jackie & Me. Algonquin.

Bomann, Corina. Matilda’s Secret. Amazon Crossing.

Brooks, Geraldine. Horse. Viking.

Laurens, Camille. Girl. Other Pr.

Moshfegh, Ottessa. Lapvona. Penguin Pr.

Naga, Noor. If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English. Graywolf.

Oduor, Okwiri. Things They Lost. Scribner.

Perkins-Valdez, Dolen. Take My Hand. Berkley.

Roorbach, Bill. Lucky Turtle. Algonquin.

Trigiani, Adriana. The Good Left Undone. Dutton.

Zhang, Jenny Tinghui. Four Treasures of the Sky. Flatiron.


Hutchinson, J. Bailey. Gut. Univ. of Arkansas.

Ice-T & others. Split Decision. Gallery: S. & S.

Isacoff, Stuart. Musical Revolutions. Knopf.

Miller, David J. Sweating Together. IdeaPress.

Smith, Danyel. Shine Bright. Roc Lit 101.

This Woman’s Work. Hachette.


Broers, Michael. Napoleon. Pegasus.

Calhoun, Ada. Also a Poet. Grove.

Dolin, Eric Jay. Rebels at Sea. Liveright: Norton.

Fukuyama, Francis. Liberalism and Its Discontents. Farrar.

Gleeson, John. The Gotti Wars. Scribner.

Goetsch, Diana. This Body I Wore. Farrar.

Hackett-Fischer, David. African Founders. S. & S.

House, Cindy. Mother Noise. Scribner.

Jawando, Will. My Seven Black Fathers. Farrar.

Kelly, Kim. Fight Like Hell. Atria.

Kurlansky, Mark. The Importance of Not Being Ernest. Books & Books.

Morris, Ian. Geography Is Destiny. Farrar.

Thaggert, Miriam. Riding Jane Crow. Univ. of Illinois.

Villarosa, Linda. Under the Skin. Doubleday.

Walvin, James. A World Transformed. Univ. of California.


Chittka, Lars. The Mind of a Bee. Princeton Univ.

Martínez, Rick. Mi Cocina. Clarkson Potter.

Schmitt, Sally. Six California Kitchens. Chronicle.


Bjornerud, Marcia. Geopedia. Princeton Univ.

Great Cities. DK.

Rose, Sarah. Spiders of North America. Princeton Univ.

Smith, Rachelle M. Lies. Greenwood.

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