What We’re Reading: Spring 2024

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The Celadon Team share their spring reading list, including thrilling literary mysteries, powerful historical fiction, comedic memoirs, and more. 

Book cover for "the hunter" by tana french, featuring an orange background with a small silhouette of a house. below, there's a round portrait of a smiling woman with glasses, likely the author.

The Hunter

By Tana French

“I just read Tana French’s latest, The Hunter (I am a huge French fan and loved it!), and have pivoted to Big Swiss by Jen Beagin — a crazy, funny and utterly singular novel set in New York’s Hudson Valley.” —Deb Futter, President and Publisher

Book cover of "the god of the woods" by liz moore featuring a misty forest background and a circular inset photo of a man with glasses and a beard, possibly the author.

The God of the Woods

By Liz Moore

“I was lucky enough to get an early reader’s copy of Liz Moore’s amazing new literary mystery about a child who goes missing from an Adirondack summer camp in the 1970s. The 500-plus pages flew by, and it’s an incredible follow-up to Long Bright River.” —Ryan Doherty, VP, Editorial Director

Book cover of "big swiss" by jen beagin depicting an upside-down woman's face with expressive eyes and flowing hair next to the title text, accompanied by a small author photo in grayscale at the bottom.

Big Swiss

By Jen Beagin

“I’m nearly finished reading Big Swiss by Jen Beagin. It’s been on my shelf since it was published to fantastic reviews last year. I must say, it lives up to the hype and is a delightfully quirky springtime read (with a fantastic cover!) Highly recommend!” —Christine Mykityshyn, Senior Publicity Director

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The Creative Act: A Way of Being

By Rick Rubin

“I’ve been slowly making my way through The Creative Act, taking time to highlight passages and really let the ideas sink in. I’m usually a speedy reader (out of necessity for my job!), so I’ve enjoyed slowing down with this book and thinking more about the importance of creating art and what that means in everyday life.” Jennifer Jackson, Executive Director, Consumer Marketing

Book cover of "because i don't know what you mean and what you don't" by josie, featuring a vibrant, abstract orange and black design and an inset photo of the author at the bottom right.

Because I Don’t Know What You Mean and What You Don’t

By Josie Long

“I’m so excited to have just bought some debut fiction by my favorite stand-up comic, Josie Long. It’s a short story collection delightfully described as ‘an escape chute from the catastrophes of modern life.’ I’ve been watching her TikTok versions of these stories and can’t wait to dive into the book!” Jaime Noven, Senior Marketing Manager

Book cover for "after sappho" by selby wynn schwartz, featuring stylized figures in pink and black, with a booker prize 2022 nominee badge, set against a teal background. below is a black-and-white portrait of a smiling woman.

After Sappho

By Selby Wynn Schwartz

“I’ve just read After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz and absolutely loved it. I always love historical fiction, but this felt completely original and innovative within the genre. I struggle to even describe it, because it was like nothing I’ve ever read before, and I can’t stop thinking about it!” —Faith Tomlin, Editorial Assistant

A book cover titled "wandering stars" by tommy orange, featuring a vibrant turquoise background with bold, stylized text and star motifs, incorporates a grayscale portrait of a woman in a circular frame at the bottom.

Wandering Stars

By Tommy Orange

There, There is one of my favorite books. I was so excited to see the release of Wandering Stars. I look forward to seeing how this story unfolds with the ancestors of characters from Orange’s previous novel. (Plus, it never hurts to have such a stunning cover!)” —Erin Cahill, Manager of Studio Art

Book cover of "on a pale horse" by piers anthony featuring a cityscape with a golden hue, superimposed with a circular portrait of a smiling woman with blonde hair.

On a Pale Horse

By Piers Anthony

“I made a deal with my dad that we would each read a book of the other’s choosing, and this was his pick for me. It’s a story about a man who kills Death and subsequently has to take up the position himself. This book is the first in a series filled with conspiracies, the afterlife, and fighting against fate.” —Yelizaveta Rogulina, Ad Promo Assistant

Book cover for "anita de monte laughs last" by xochitl gonzalez featuring a bright pink and orange design with a sketch of a laughing woman. inset is a photo of the author, a smiling woman with curly hair.

Anita de Monte Laughs Last

By Xochitl Gonzalez

“I just finished Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez and loved it with its strong voice, dynamic characters, and a perfect blend of humor and drama, it was exactly what I needed to get me out of my reading slump.” Liza Buell, Associate Publicist

Book cover for "splinters" by leslie jamison featuring a collage design with an aerial cityscape and a woman's face, alongside critical acclaim quotes and a photo of the author at the bottom.

Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story

By Leslie Jamison

“I’m midway through Leslie Jamison’s Splinters, and I’m loving the writing, the anecdotes, and the intimacy of it all. This is a memoir brimming with love in its many forms — romantic, maternal, familial, and self — and sure to be a new personal favorite of mine.” —Emily Radell, Publicity Assistant

Book cover for "life is everywhere" by lucy, featuring large white text on a black background and a crescent moon. a small circular portrait of a smiling woman is at the bottom right.

Life Is Everywhere

By Lucy Ives

“I’ve just finished Life Is Everywhere by Lucy Ives, and it was so strange and great! Ives is a master of her craft, and she writes characters who are writers in their own right. When a grad student finds herself standing on a street corner at the end of her marriage, the contents of her bag form most of the rest of the book: a novel, a novella, an academic paper, an electric bill, and more.” –Susie Brustin, Marketing Assistant

Book cover for "homicide and halo-halo" by mia p. manansala, featuring a woman holding a dessert, with elements like a dog, kitchen tools, and a small photo of the author at the bottom.

Homicide and Halo-Halo

By Mia P. Manansala

“I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a little while, and I’m excited to finally pick it up! I’ve been trying to read more books by Filipino authors, and as it gets warmer, it’s the perfect weather for some halo-halo and reading outside.” –Julia Ashley Romero, Marketing Intern

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