What We’re Reading: Spring 2022

This month, the Celadon team shares their spring reading recommendations, from buzzy new novels to narrative nonfiction and speculative fiction.

The Celadon Team

In Love

By Amy Bloom

“I just finished Amy Bloom’s In Love and was unutterably moved by it. It is about life, death, marriage…and all else in between. Now reading French Braid by Anne Tyler, because who can resist a new Anne Tyler novel??” — Deb Futter, President and Publisher

Stolen Focus

By Johann Hari

“I don't think I am alone these days in feeling it is harder and harder to focus. Like my favorite kind of nonfiction, Hari uses his personal examples to explain our collective loss of attention — some of which we can control through willpower and some we cannot — that have destroyed our ability to maintain sustained focus.” — Ryan Doherty, VP, Editorial Director

The Candy House

By Jennifer Egan

"I was obsessed with A Visit From the Goon Squad — it’s one of those books that makes me jealous of other people who get to read it for the first time. Cannot wait to check out Egan's latest, which brings some of those same characters back into the fold." — Christine Mykityshyn, Senior Director of Publicity 

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals

By Alexis Pauline Gumbs

“Newly on my TBR pile is Undrowned by poet/activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs. I've never before considered the crossover potential of ecology, ancestry, and social justice, but it sounds fascinating!” — Jaime Noven, Senior Marketing Manager

The School for Good Mothers

By Jessamine Chan

“I read Jessamine Chan's The School for Good Mothers. As soon as I got going, I sped through it. It was as thought-provoking as it was anxiety-inducing, but it made for great book club discussion!” — Randi Kramer, Assistant Editor

Devil House

By John Darnielle

“Darnielle is one of the most consistently unsettling writers I know, so I can't wait to read his new novel, Devil House. I'm hoping for eeriness and excited for an exploration of the politics of true crime.” — Cecily van Buren-Friedman, Assistant Editor

Wild and Wicked Things

By Francesca May

Wild and Wicked Things is a sapphic Great Gatsby retelling, filled with dark magic, complex women, and beautiful prose. It's everything I didn't know I needed once the classic hit the public domain. May's writing is absolutely gorgeous, and I can't wait to dive deeper into this decadent debut!” — Anaissa Gonzalez, PR and Marketing Intern

The Kaiju Preservation Society

By John Scalzi

“Excited to read the recently published The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi. I've been reading a lot of nonfiction/literary fiction recently, so I'm eager to sink my teeth into John Scalzi's first stand-alone novel since his Interdependency trilogy. It'll be my first foray into COVID speculative fiction as well, and I'm interested to see how he'll be handling it.” — Sandra Moore, Marketing Assistant

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