Oh Spring! The season when publishers put out some of their finest authors, especially new ones. Some great books have just been or are about to be published. Here are a few of my favorites:
The Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell. Published March 4.
What would you do if you woke up hungover in your apartment, alone except for the devil who has brewed you a great cup of coffee? This farce, a paperback original, will remind you of Christopher Moore and maybe Good Omens by Neil Gaiman. The Weller Book Works crew loves this one.
Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn. Published March 10
Kirn is such a good writer and in this book he turns his keen eye for detail and unflinching honesty upon himself. How could anyone be conned into believing a criminal was really a Rockefeller? Read this non-fiction book and find out.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler. Published March 11
This first novel is a favorite of indie booksellers across the nation and it's one of my favorites too. A quiet book about four midwestern men figuring out how to be in the world. And a lovely meditation on how settling down isn't necessarily settling.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Picketty. Publishing April 15
A bracing book re-examining the role of capital in economic equality, especially in democracies. Ambitious, rigorous, and politically unorthodox. I'm still thinking about this one.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Publishing May 6
Oh my goodness I don't know where to start or how to stop praising this beautiful novel set in World War II France and Germany. The narratives of two children, one French one German, weave together until they meet - momentarily. I've been a fan of Doerr's writing for many years. This may be his master work.