The 5 Best Books of April

 

Between a Nobel Prize winner putting out a new novel and a literary phenomenon releasing the latest volume of his acclaimed series, this April is stocked with books you’ll want to pick up, but these five stand out among the rest. 

Words Without Music: A Memoir, Philip Glass (Liveright) 

He’s one of the most important American composers of the last 50 years, so Philip Glass simply writing about his music career would really be enough to satisfy any fan. But in the burgeoning tradition of figures who lived and made art in-between the post-war and Giuliani eras like Patti Smith and Kim Gordon, Glass tells tales of bohemian life in the 60s and 70s that truly feel like a different time and place. 

My Struggle: Book 4, Karl Ove Knausgaard

Knausgaard’s life story continues as we find him entering adulthood, trying to figure out what it is he wants to do with his life. If you haven’t read the other books, you should probably consider picking them up before tackling this one. Also maybe consider reading his New York Times Magazine travels through America if you’re waiting for this latest installment. 

God Help the Child, Toni Morrison

This one shouldn’t take much explanation since it’s a new novel by one of the greatest living American writers, but just know that even in her 80s, Toni Morrison’s writing still contains about as much energy as a bolt of lightning. 

The Dead Lands, Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy showed us with his last book, Red Moon, that he can effortlessly bend and shape literary genres to his will, creating stories that are unnerving and thrilling. With The Dead Lands, he basically does that again, taking the dystopian novel and twisting it into something that is ultimately both more horrifying and also fulfilling than most of the other post-apocalyptic thrillers you can pick up at your local bookstore. 

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, Sam Quinones 

Our country’s hard drug problem has been almost impossible to ignore for the last few decades, but somehow we’ve been able to turn a blind eye to it in certain spots of the country. Now that it’s coming to small towns all across the map. finding out where it started and how we put an end to it becomes the two questions to focus on. While Sam Quinones doesn’t have a lot of the answers on how to fix the problem, this damning account of how black tar heroin flooded the country is a fascinating and ultimately tragic read.