We're bringing you a fresh list of book recommendations for the month ahead.
As the weather begins to warm up, we're jumping at the opportunity to spend any and all free time outside! Whether you're venturing out into nature, taking yourself on a picnic at a nearby park, or simply switching out your couch for the front stoop, there's no better way to unwind than with a good book.
We've got you covered with three books that are the perfect vibe for April :)
"Five Tuesdays in Winter" by Lily King
If you're not in the mood to commit to a novel, do not pass on this brilliant collection of stories written by Lily King. King explores the lives of various characters in and around New England in her first take on short form writing. She doesn't shy away from bringing us sweetness, and gifts us with characters that exhibit true depth of character. King explores themes of love, loss, family, the search for meaning, and - interestingly - writing itself. Each story will leave you reflecting on your own experiences, but also wanting more of King's masterful narratives.
"Embroideries" by Marjane Satrapi
For a quick and entertaining read, check out "Embroideries" by Marjane Satrapi. This graphic novel, originally published in 2003, is a humorous and insightful exploration of the lives of Iranian women. The book takes place during a gathering of women in Tehran, where they discuss everything from sex to marriage to cosmetic surgery. Satrapi's art is colorful and engaging, and her stories are both relatable and eye-opening. "Embroideries" is a quick read, but one that is sure to leave you with plenty to think about.
"Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin
If you're looking for a literary classic to dive into, "Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin is an excellent choice. This novel, originally published in 1956, is a groundbreaking exploration of same-sex relationships and the societal pressures that often force people to suppress their true selves. Set in Paris, the book follows the story of David, an American living abroad who falls in love with Giovanni, a young Italian bartender. Baldwin's writing is lyrical and deeply emotional, making "Giovanni's Room" a must-read for anyone interested in exploring themes of love, identity, and the human experience. Plus, if you've never read Baldwin before - you're in for a true, true treat.