What We’re Reading: Spring 2021

By The Celadon Team
What We're Reading Spring 2021

The Celadon Team share their spring reading list, including anticipated fiction, new and buzzy novels, and reimagined classics.

Beneficence by Meredith Hall

Beneficence

By Meredith Hall

"I am looking forward to reading Beneficence. A friend whose taste I trust told me that this novel of loss and family and love is one of the best books she’s read recently, so it’s now at the top of my pile." —Jamie Raab, President

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun

By Kazuo Ishiguro

"I am so excited about spring reading that I couldn’t pick just one title, so here is my list!

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue (have loved her since I tried to acquire her first book), Festival Days by Jo Ann Beard (that rare book that is a mix of fiction and nonfiction), and, of course, my beloved Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest, Klara and the Sun." —Deb Futter, Publisher and Senior Vice President

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

By Frederik Backman

"Anxious People was my book club’s pick, but I’m absolutely thrilled, because I’ve loved so many of his books. He captures so much about humanity in the most everyday details. His novels are a pleasure to read." —Randi Kramer, Assistant Editor

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Interior Chinatown

By Charles Yu

"I’d heard incredible buzz about this book for a while, but after it won the National Book Award, I knew I had to pick it up. In this incredibly innovative and surreal novel, Yu explores the experience of Willis Wu — a man living in San Francisco’s Chinatown — and the specific kind of racism that he and his community face through the metaphor (or is it reality?) of a TV show in which they are all cast. Most of the book is written in the form of a screenplay, making this a thought-provoking and inventive read that pushes the boundaries in all the best ways." —Cecily van Buren-Freedman, Assistant Editor

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Just Kids

By Patti Smith

"This National Book Award winner has been on my to-read list ever since it was published in 2010. But a friend recently re-recommended it to me, and I’m excited to dive into the gritty yet romantic existence of artists, poets, and musicians in the orbit of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe in 1960s and ’70s New York City." —Jennifer Jackson, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing

Mrs Death Misses Death

Mrs Death Misses Death

By Salena Godden

"This spring I look forward to reading poet and activist Salena Godden’s debut novel, Mrs Death Misses Death, which was uniquely the subject of a radio documentary that followed the novel’s progress over the course of 12 months. (And apparently Idris Elba’s production company picked up the film/TV rights recently.) Dark comedies are my favorite fiction. Can’t wait to pick this one up." —Jaime Noven, Senior Marketing Manager

The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin

The Smash-Up

By Ali Benjamin

"This one’s been getting so much great media buzz — I listened to Ali’s interview on NPR and was sold! I’m excited to dive in." —Anna Belle Hindenlang, Senior Publicist

Love in Color by Bolu Babalola

Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold

By Bolu Babalola

"The gorgeous cover matches the captivating stories inside. It retells stories we know and love from history and mythology with new and exciting twists. It’s great to read it leisurely, one story at a time, but you can easily read the book in one sitting. I think even non–romance readers would enjoy these reimagined tales." —Audine Cross, Publicity Assistant

Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

Milk Fed

By Melissa Broder

"This spring I am super excited to read Milk Fed by Melissa Broder. The cover is bold and provocative, which instantly caught my attention, and since I’ve seen this everywhere online, I want to know what it’s all about. The reviews say that it’s wry, brutal, and thought-provoking, so I’m expecting a wild ride…." —Lauren Dooley, Marketing Assistant

In the Land of Cyclops

In the Land of the Cyclops

By Karl Ove Knausgaard

"Knausgaard is among the most exciting and perceptive contemporary writers I know. His ability to illuminate personal histories and glean unexpected, powerful insights from them results in a kind of hypnotic prose that I’ve rarely experienced elsewhere. With subjects spanning visual art, the Northern Lights, and Madame Bovary, this new collection of essays promises to be an unforgettable read." —Taylor Wiggs, Marketing & PR Intern

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