For Your Consideration: April 2022 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite April titles for the April 2022 LibraryReads list!

Votes due March 1!

LITTLE SOULS by Sandra Dallas
ISBN 9781250277886 | on sale 4/26/22
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Set in Denver against the backdrop of an epidemic that feels all too familiar, LITTLE SOULS is a compelling tale of sisterhood and of the sacrifices people make to protect those they love most.

NETTLE & BONE by T. Kingfisher
ISBN 9781250244048 | on sale 4/26/22
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“[A] deeply satisfying and darkly funny feminist fairytale… At its heart a story of good people doing their best to make the unjust world a fairer place, this marvelous romp will delight Kingfisher’s fans and fairytale lovers alike.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Blending fairy-tale familiarity and common-sense characters, Kingfisher’s prose balances grim circumstances with humor and heart. Readers of Alix E. Harrow’s A SPINDLE SPLINTERED and Melissa Albert’s ‘The Hazel Wood’ series should pick this up immediately.”–Library Journal, starred review

UNMASKED: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by Paul Holes
ISBN 9781250622792 | on sale 4/26/22
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“Holes effectively balances true crime and memoir, writing with empathy and self-awareness about the emotional impact of his work and the toll it took on his marriage. His refreshing honesty sets the book apart from similar memoirs by detectives, who aren’t always this forthcoming about coping with trauma. A captivating memoir of a life dedicated to cold cases.”–Library Journal

PAY DIRT ROAD by Samantha Jayne Allen
ISBN 9781250804273 | on sale 4/19/22
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“This mystery, which won the Tony Hillerman Prize for best debut novel set in the Southwest, is that rarity in private-eye fiction: a coming-of-age story… Annie grows before our eyes, and the Texas landscape, with its falling-apart houses and bedraggled bars, comes alive in this remarkable novel, reminiscent of Larry McMurtry’s THE LAST PICTURE SHOW.”–Booklist, starred review

SPEAR by Nicola Griffith
ISBN 9781250819321 | on sale 4/19/22
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“This fresh, emotionally immediate queer spin on the medieval tale of Percival and the Holy Grail reaffirms Griffith as a consummate storyteller… Steeped in period texture that brings remote history fully into the present, and lushly illustrated by Rovina Cai, this tale of destiny, belonging, and home is a genuine pleasure. With a gender-swapped protagonist and purposeful representation of people of color and people with disabilities, this is an ideal pick for fans of retold legends, as well as those looking for diverse fantasy.”–Publishers Weekly

LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER by Sarah Bird
ISBN 9781250265548 | on sale 4/12/22
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Set during the Great Depression, Sarah Bird’s LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER is a novel about one woman—and a nation—struggling to be reborn from the ashes and brings to spectacular life the enthralling worlds of both dance marathons and the family-run empire of vice that was Galveston in the Thirties.

A TINY UPWARD SHOVE by Melissa Chadburn
ISBN 9780374277758 | on sale 4/12/22
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Inspired by Filipino heritage and its folklore, A TINY UPWARD SHOVE traces the too-short life of Marina Salles, whose death brings her into the hearts and minds of those she has known—even her killer—as she is able to access their memories and to see anew the meaning of her own. 

FOUR TREASURES OF THE SKY by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
ISBN 9781250811783 | on sale 4/5/22
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“Zhang’s debut novel imaginatively illuminates an often overlooked aspect of American history that resonates powerfully today, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and concurrent anti-Asian violence… Zhang’s blend of history and magical realism will appeal to fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ THE WATER DANCER (2019) as well as Amy Tan’s THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT (2013), Maxine Hong Kingston’s iconic memoir, THE WOMAN WARRIOR (1976), and Carnegie Medal–winner THE THOUSAND CRIMES OF MING TSU (2021).”–Booklist, starred review

REPUTATION by Lex Croucher
ISBN 9781250832832 | on sale 4/5/22
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Bridgerton fans need look no further.”–Library Journal

THE SHADOW HOUSE by Anna Downes
ISBN 9781250264848 | on sale 4/5/22
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“Downes [sows] the seeds of psychological terror, rooted in everyday traumas from sleeplessness to coping with teens, and branching out to create a nightmare world. A hair-raising mood piece you’ll be glad to awaken from.”–Kirkus Reviews

LET’S NOT DO THAT AGAIN by Grant Ginder
ISBN 9781250243775 | on sale 4/5/22
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“In this timely comic novel set in New York and Paris, a political family deals with drama past and present. A new book from Ginder beckons the reader like a hot bath and glass of something, a reliable and relaxing pleasure… Ooh la la, this book is a shoo-in.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Ginder dexterously describes the machinations of his caffeine-fueled lead and lights up the pages with bubbly, rapid-fire dialogue… Politics and blood loyalty can become a slippery slope, but here they’re a perfect combination. This smart and seamless comedy is nonstop fun.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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