It's officially spring. The weather is warming, and a splendorous sense of newness is in the air. And to celebrate the change of season, we've got a veritable cloudburst of wonderful new books for your reading pleasure—rain or shine.

We're suggesting novels by Morgan Jerkins, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, and Helen Oyeyemi. And if you feel like you can't commit to a longer work, there are dazzling short story collections from Elizabeth McCracken and John Edgar Wideman. This spring also offers the latest from past Pulitzer Prize winners Louis Menand and Jhumpa Lahiri, the latter of whom wrote her book first in Italian—and then translated it herself to English. The season also brings juicy biographies of legendary writers Lorraine Hansbury and Philip Roth—and if you want to read about significant cultural figures in their own words, there's also a pair of incredibly inspirational memoirs.

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