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10 books you have to read in April

(Grand Central Publishing, Random House, Bloomsbury USA)

Seeking refuge from those dastardly April showers? Curl up with one of these 10 riveting new reads.

Benjamin Warner, Thirst

In Benjamin Warner’s utterly terrifying thriller, a town’s water supply mysteriously dries up all at once, and a married couple does increasingly desperate and terrible things to survive. Warner’s descriptions are so visceral, this book is not for the weak of stomach. (April 5)

Jesse Andrews, The Haters

Andrews’ follow-up to his blockbuster debut Me and Earl and the Dying Girl might be even better — when moderately talented best friends Wes and Corey escape jazz camp with Ash, an intriguing girl they’ve befriended (to their great surprise), they embark on a coming-of-age road trip to find gigs to play, and end up finding themselves. Andrews’ writing is sharp and hilarious — be prepared to laugh out loud in public. (April 5)

Nathalia Holt, Rise of the Rocket Girls

Most of our time in history class is spent learning about men, but women were obviously just as vital to innovation and progress. Rise of the Rocket Girls proves that by reexamining the space age – specifically, the group of women who redesigned rocket science in the ’40s and ’50s and made that “one small step for man” possible in the first place. (April 5)

Hope Jahren, Lab Girl

For a relatively slim volume, Lab Girl contains three important components. One is author Hope Jahren’s recollection of a life in botanical science, the second is a series of interesting lessons in plant life, and the third is the story of her relationship with an eccentric co-worker named Bill. The three elements combine to form one fascinating memoir. (April 5)

Dominic Smith, The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

Smith’s enthralling narrative tells the story of a 15th century painter, Sara de Vos, known for one specific painting, and the young art student turned curator who, years ago, created a forgery of said painting, and now must deal with the possibility of the real painting and the forger arriving for her upcoming exhibit. (April 5)

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, Hamilton: The Revolution

As Broadway smash Hamilton continues to be sold out for the next century, this stunningly photographed book, featuring cast interviews, stories about the musical’s genesis, and the show’s full lyrics annotated by Miranda himself, is a worthy substitute. To be read while listening to the soundtrack for the 400th time, obviously. (April 12)

Diana Abu-Jaber, Life Without A Recipe

Diana Abu-Jaber’s heartfelt memoir reflects on a life lived without a guide. Through a culture-torn childhood, three tempestuous marriages, and an unexpected leap toward motherhood, Diana Abu-Jaber navigates the food, family, and love that comprised her world with warmth and wisdom. (April 18)

Curtis Sittenfeld, Eligible

The Prep and American Wife novelist puts her modern spin on Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, but in Sittenfeld’s version, Elizabeth Bennett is recast as a 30-something magazine writer named Liz, who clashes with neurosurgeon Darcy. EW books editor Tina Jordan likens Sittenfeld’s redux to slurping down a sweet, delicious milkshake. Clear your afternoon and finish it in one gulp. (April 19)

Jane Hamilton, The Excellent Lombards

Caught between a simple life of labored love and the looming threat of change, Frankie Lombard must face the prospect of a future beyond the rustic sprawl of her family’s Wisconsin apple orchard. Jane Hamilton spins this coming-of-age tale with the same sort of poignancy that earned her previous six novels high praise. (April 19)

Graham Swift, Mothering Sunday

Save some tissues for Graham Swift’s latest, an exquisite, emotionally resonant romance that begins with a clandestine meeting between two young lovers, Jane Fairchild and Paul Sheringham, and follows the day’s momentous effects on the remainder of Fairchild’s life. (April 19)