May's editors' picks include new books from iconic American novelists John Irving and Toni Morrison, plus more great new novels and nonfiction from established writers and newcomers alike.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, the new novel from this winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the O. Henry Prize is being called "the Catch-22 of the Iraq War."
In One Person by John Irving
A compelling story of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, John Irving's newest novel explores unfulfilled love--tormented, funny, and affecting--and the impassioned embrace of our differences.
An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer
A young woman tries to save three people she loves in this insightful coming-of-age debut, which artfully captures the complicated ties of family, the inevitability of loss, and the importance of learning to let go.
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
The fourth book of the monumental "Years of Lyndon Johnson" series displays all the narrative energy and insight that has led to its being hailed as among "the truly great political biographies of the modern age."
Home by Toni Morrison
In Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison's newest novel, an angry and self-loathing Korean War veteran is back in racist America after enduring trauma that left him with more than just physical scars.
Season of the Witch by David Talbot
Best-selling author David Talbot's gripping story of San Francisco examines the turbulent years between 1967 and 1982 and the men and women who led to the city's rebirth.
Trapeze by Simon Mawer
Out of school and helping the British war effort, Marian Sutro goes to WWII Paris to persuade a friend--a research physicist--to join the Allies. The outcome could affect the course of the war.
This Is How by Augusten Burroughs
With black humor and in-your-face advice, best-selling author Augusten Burroughs challenges the notion of self-help books with a "proven aid in overcoming shyness... spinsterhood, grief, disease, lushery, decrepitude & more."
Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll
In a narrative driven by larger-than-life characters, Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States and Big Oil's place in American politics and foreign policy.
I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern
Fans of the best-selling Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halpern's dad as it crackles through the pages of this hysterical new quasi-memoir.