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Spring Reading Guide 2023

Our Spring Reading Guide is filled with staff recommendations for 32 new titles—from novels to mysteries, essays to memoirs—that we think you will love. Click on each cover to read our staff recommendation. And don't miss our Spring Reading Challenge: Read any two of the eight books we've selected from our guide, and we'll make a donation on your behalf to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, which fights the banning and censorship of books across the country.

Read all about our Spring Reading Challenge here.

Don't miss our Spring Reading Guide for Young Readers here.

To read our bookseller's expert reviews in each category, checkout our recommendations in: 

FICTION |  NON-FICTION | ROMANCE | SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY | MYSTERY | GRAPHIC NOVELS 

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The Sun Walks Down: A Novel By Fiona McFarlane Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374606237
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 14th, 2023

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.


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The Sign for Home: A Novel By Blair Fell Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982175962
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - March 14th, 2023

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.


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Old Babes in the Wood: Stories By Margaret Atwood Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385549073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - March 7th, 2023

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The Applicant By Nazlı Koca Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802160546
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2023

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Vagabonds!: A Novel By Eloghosa Osunde Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593330036
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 28th, 2023

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To Paradise: A Novel By Hanya Yanagihara Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593315651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 21st, 2023

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Beyond That, the Sea: A Novel By Laura Spence-Ash Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250854377
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Celadon Books - March 21st, 2023

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I Have Some Questions for You: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593490143
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Viking - February 21st, 2023

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Black Candle Women: A Read with Jenna Pick By Diane Marie Brown Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781525899911
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graydon House - February 28th, 2023

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Big Swiss: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982153083
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scribner - February 7th, 2023

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Birnam Wood: A Novel By Eleanor Catton Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374110338
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 7th, 2023

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What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez By Claire Jimenez Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538725962
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 7th, 2023

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In Memoriam: A novel By Alice Winn Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593534564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2023

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The Dog of the North: A Novel By Elizabeth McKenzie Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593300695
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - March 14th, 2023

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American Mermaid: A Novel By Julia Langbein Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385549677
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - March 21st, 2023

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Checkout 19: A Novel By Claire-Louise Bennett Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593420508
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 28th, 2023

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Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide By Rupert Holmes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781451648218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2023

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The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel By Joe Ide Cover Image
By Joe Ide
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316459259
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - March 7th, 2023

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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass By Shannon Chakraborty Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780062963505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Voyager - February 28th, 2023

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.


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White Cat, Black Dog: Stories By Kelly Link, Shaun Tan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780593449950
Published: Random House - March 28th, 2023

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The Mimicking of Known Successes (The Investigations of Mossa and Pleiti #1) By Malka Older Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250860507
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tordotcom - March 7th, 2023

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Walking Practice: A Novel By Dolki Min, Victoria Caudle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Dolki Min, Victoria Caudle (Translated by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063258617
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperVia - March 14th, 2023

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Something Wilder By Christina Lauren Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982173418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery Books - February 7th, 2023

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.


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Ms Davis: A Graphic Biography By Sybille Titeux de la Croix, Amazing Ameziane, Jenna Allen (Translated by) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683965695
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fantagraphics - March 14th, 2023

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Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age By Katherine May Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593329993
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 28th, 2023

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.


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South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation By Imani Perry Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062977373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - February 28th, 2023

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.


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The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening By Ari Shapiro Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063221345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperOne - March 21st, 2023

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.


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Crux: A Daughter's Quest for Her Border-Crossing Father By Jean Guerrero Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399592416
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - February 7th, 2023

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Learn more about the challenge here.


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Poverty, by America By Matthew Desmond Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593239919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - March 21st, 2023

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Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation By Camonghne Felix Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593242179
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: One World - February 14th, 2023

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Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir By Lamya H Cover Image
By Lamya H
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593448762
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: The Dial Press - February 7th, 2023

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Life Between the Tides By Adam Nicolson Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250862952
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - February 21st, 2023