The 7 Best Books of May

“April is the cruellest month,” wrote poet T.S. Eliot in “The Waste Land,” “but May is usually pretty bitchin’. Ezra Pound and I are going tubing this weekend. Gonna grab a 12-pack and just hang loose.” (This may not be the exact quote; it’s been a long time.) Whether you plan to enjoy the beautiful weather or lock yourself inside with a bucket of Claritin, there are plenty of new books to keep you company. This month brings readers a memoir by the daughter of a Catholic priest, two short story collections by brilliant authors, a biography of Otis Redding, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s tribute to the legendary John Wooden, and more.