The Buzziest Books of May | 2023

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25 May 2023

May was a month of excitement for book lovers, as it brought us a plethora of captivating new releases. From established bestselling authors to debut writers, this month’s literary offerings have something for everyone. If you’re looking for your next great read, then look no further than our list of some of the most anticipated books published in May!

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Summer Reading

by Jenn McKinlay

Release Date: May 16, 2023

When a woman who’d rather do anything than read meets a swoon-worthy bookworm, sparks fly, making for one hot-summer fling in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s new rom-com.

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Beware the Woman

by Megan Abbott

Release Date: May 30, 2023

By the “master of thinly veiled secrets often kept by women who rage underneath their delicate exteriors” (Kirkus Reviews), Beware the Woman is Megan Abbott at the height of her game.

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Don’t Call Me Home

by Alexandra Auder

Release Date: May 2, 2023

In Don’t Call Me Home, Alexandra meditates on the seedy glory of being raised by two counterculture icons, from walking a pet goat around Chelsea and joining the Squat Theatre company to coparenting her younger sister, Gaby, with her mother and partying in East Village nightclubs. Flitting between this world and her present-day life as a yoga instructor, actress, mother, wife, and much-loved Instagram provocateur, Alexandra weaves a stunning, moving, and hilarious portrait of a family and what it means to move away from being your mother’s daughter into being a person of your own.

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The Celebrants

by Steven Rowley

Release Date: May 30, 2023

A deeply honest tribute to the growing pains of selfhood and the people who keep us going, coupled with Steven Rowley’s signature humor and heart, The Celebrants is a moving tale about the false invincibility of youth and the beautiful ways in which friendship helps us celebrate our lives, even amid the deepest challenges of living.

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Warrior Girl Unearthed

by Angeline Boulley

Release Date: May 2, 2023

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter Angeline Boulley takes us back to Sugar Island in this high-stakes thriller about the power of discovering your stolen history.

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The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece

by Tom Hanks

Release Date: May 9, 2023

From the legendary actor and best-selling author: a novel about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film…and the humble comic books that inspired it. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, while also capturing the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

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The Half Moon

by Mary Beth Keane

Release Date: May 2, 2023

From the bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes, a masterful novel about a couple in a small town who must navigate the complexities of marriage, family, and longing.

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Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Recipes, Letters, and Remembrances

by Kwame Alexander

Release Date: May 23, 2023

Full of heartfelt reminisces, family recipes, love poems, and personal letters, Why Fathers Cry at Night inspires bravery and vulnerability in every reader who has experienced the reckless passion, heartbreak, failure, and joy that define the whirlwind woes and wonders of love.

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The True Love Experiment

by Christina Lauren

Release Date: May 16, 2023

Sparks fly when a romance novelist and a documentary filmmaker join forces to craft the perfect Hollywood love story and take both of their careers to the next level—but only if they can keep the chemistry between them from taking the whole thing off script—from the New York Times bestselling authors of The Soulmate Equation and The Unhoneymooners.

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by R. F. Kuang

Release Date: May 16, 2023

White lies. Dark humor. Deadly consequences… Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is, she didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American—in this chilling and hilariously cutting novel from R.F. Kuang, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Babel.

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