13 books you need to read in April
What’s the best thing to do when April showers have you trapped inside — or you know, voluntarily avoiding the outdoors? Settle down with a great book, of course. And fortunately, this month is full of fascinating reads, from highly-anticipated memoirs by Alec Baldwin and Caitlyn Jenner, to novels like Killers of the Flower Moon and The Book of Joan, which are already slated for the big screen.
Check out EW’s April recommendations, below.
Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin (April 4)
We were already dying to read Baldwin’s candid memoir about his Long Island childhood and wide-ranging career before he started appearing on our televisions regularly once again to portray President Trump on Saturday Night Live. Now, we’re even more interested to learn his innermost thoughts. Preorder it here.
American War by Omar El Akkad (April 4)
This riveting debut novel, set during the Second American Civil War in 2074, follows a young girl who, while in a camp for displaced persons, befriends a mysterious stranger who might not have the best intentions. Preorder it here.
No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts (April 4)
Watts transposes The Great Gatsby to the American South: Here, Jay Gatsby is JJ Ferguson, a newly wealthy young man who returns home to North Carolina with grand plans to win back his high school sweetheart. Unfortunately, she’s already married. Preorder it here.
Marlena by Julie Buntin (April 4)
When she was 15, Cat moved to a new town in Michigan and fell under the spell of a beautiful, fast, and wild girl named Marlena. But a year into their hard-partying friendship, Marlena is dead, drowning in just six inches of water. Looking back on the story decades later, Cat is forced to reckon with her haunted past when a person from long ago reaches out. Preorder it here.
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova (April 11)
The words “Stoyan Lazarov” and an urn filled with ashes send Alexandra Boyd on a quest to learn more about a musician destroyed by political oppression as she attempts to return a bag she accidentally stole from an older couple. Kostova’s third book sees The Historian author transport readers to Sofia, Bulgaria for an exploration of loss and the power of stories. Preorder it here.
Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (April 11)
Remember the highs and lows of having a teenage crush in Albertalli’s latest, which sees Molly Peskin-Suso on a quest to get her first kiss, while also navigating two potential love interests and her twin sister’s first time in love. Preorder it here.
Duels and Deceptions by Cindy Anstey (April 11)
Anstey’s latest YA regency romp sees a young heiress and her law clerk team up to investigate their kidnapping and discover who’s out to ruin her family name — all while fighting their feelings for one another. Preorder it here.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (April 18)
The New Yorker writer and author of The Lost City of Z traces the story of one of the FBI’s first cases, a series of terrible, cold-blooded murders in which members of the Osage Indian Nation, incredibly wealthy because of the oil found on their land, were killed off one by one.Preorder it here.
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (April 18)
Joan, a child warrior with mystical abilities who turns into a martyr, inspires a group of rebels to stand up to cult leader (and cruel ruler) Jean de Men in this feminist, dystopian reimagining of Joan of Arc’s story. Preorder it here.
Bang by Barry Lyga (April 18)
14-year-old Sebastian Cody reckons with dark thoughts and darker memories from his childhood after having accidentally shot his infant sister at age 4. Lyga’s novel is a heartbreaker. Preorder it here.
The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner (April 25)
Jenner reflects on her decision to embrace her true self and her life since then, while looking back on her former career as an Olympian and life in the public eye as a member of the Kardashian family in this highly anticipated memoir. Preorder it here.
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (April 25)
Science and survival intersect in VanderMeer’s latest sci-fi saga as Rachel, a scavenger, discovers Borne, a small being of undetermined organic origin, and decides to keep him and teach him about the world. But as he begins to grow, Borne puts Rachel and the life she knows at risk. Preorder it here.
Startup by Doree Shafrir (April 25)
When a scandal involving the founder of a successful app blows up, ambitious tech journalist Katya and workforce-reentering mom Sabrina must team up and write the story men in their lives would prefer remain untold in this entertaining novel perfect for Silicon Valley fans. Preorder it here.