Our Top 10 books of May 2024

The very best May releases include Emily Henry’s latest rom-com, Claire Messud’s ambitious family saga and Erik Larson’s exploration of the leadup to the Civil War. Plus, a quirky ride through menopause from Miranda July, a time-travel fantasy debut from Kaliane Bradley and an anticipated second novel from Darcie Little Badger.
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Book jacket image for Funny Story by Emily Henry

Featuring laugh-out-loud banter and flawed but lovable characters, Funny Story is Emily Henry at her best.

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Book jacket image for The Demon of Unrest by Erik Larson

In The Demon of Unrest, Erik Laron crafts a tale of hold-your-breath suspense about the crucial three months leading up to the Civil War.

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Book jacket image for Sheine Lende by Darcie Little Badger

Sheine Lende focuses on a girl who must use her experience finding missing persons with ghost dogs to track down her own mother.

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With thrilling, adventurous sentences, Claire Messud leads readers along the elusive edges of life, where family and national histories entwine. Her understanding of the human

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Book jacket image for Close to Death by Anthony Horowitz

Close to Death offers a supremely engrossing and expertly plotted whodunit that will challenge and delight even the most well-read mystery fans.

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Book jacket image for Silk by Aarathi Prasad

Aarathi Prasad’s entertaining and enlightening history of silk brims with story and scientific detail, revealing a surprising history well worth knowing.

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The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley jacket

A fantastical combination of time-travel novel, spy thriller and slow-burn romance, The Ministry of Time uses its fish-out-of-water story to explore cultural identity and the

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Hiba Noor Khan’s debut novel, Safiyyah’s War, is a beautifully written, well-plotted work of historical fiction based on the heroic efforts of activists at the

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Book jacket image for All Fours by Miranda July

There have been few works of contemporary fiction about menopause, and even fewer that are as erotic and funny as All Fours, the first novel

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Zao Fan collects traditional Chinese breakfast recipes in all their mouthwatering glory.

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