It seems like a quarantine would be the perfect time to read, and read lots. It’s counterintuitive but I think I’m reading less, and certainly not more now. Working from home, household responsibilities, stress, worry, and insomnia make it hard to concentrate on a book for me. Still, I’m doing my best to look forward to new releases and upcoming titles.

Books coming out this May on my reading list

from the publisher: Brigitte Benkemoun’s husband buys a vintage diary on eBay. When it arrives, she opens it and finds inside private notes dating back to 1951—twenty pages of phone numbers and addresses for Balthus, Brassaï, André Breton, Jean Cocteau, Paul Éluard, Leonor Fini, Jacqueline Lamba, and other artistic luminaries of the European avant-garde.

by Brigitte Benkemoun (Author), Jody Gladding (Translator)
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Getty Publications; 1 edition (May 5, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606066595

from the publisher: Drawing on a breadth of research about eels in literature, history, and modern marine biology, as well as his own experience fishing for eels with his father, Patrik Svensson crafts a mesmerizing portrait of an unusual, utterly misunderstood, and completely captivating animal. Scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the “eel question”: Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether?

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ecco (May 26, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062968815
ISBN-13: 978-0062968814
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches

from the publisher: Iceland is home to only 330,000 people (roughly the population of Lexington, Kentucky) but more than 265 museums and public collections–nearly one for every ten people.  In The Museum of Whales You Will Never See, A. Kendra Greene is our wise and whimsical guide through this cabinet of curiosities, showing us, in dreamlike anecdotes and more than thirty charming illustrations, how a seemingly random assortment of objects–a stuffed whooper swan, a rubber boot, a shard of obsidian, a chastity belt for rams–can map a people’s past and future, their fears and obsessions.

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (May 12, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143135465
ISBN-13: 978-0143135463
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches

from the publisher: For almost 90 years, the Lindbergh Kidnapping has been a major topic of controversy and fascination in history. A Talent to Deceive is the book that solves a mystery through investigative journalism. William Norris dives into evidence ignored by previous investigators in search of the truth. Who really committed the crime? What really happened the night of March 1, 1932? What was the motive to kidnap and murder the Lindbergh baby?

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Camcat Perspectives; 2nd Revised ed. edition (May 26, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 074430072X
ISBN-13: 978-0744300727
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches

One thought on “Books for May”

  1. Ooh, what a terrific selection! I especially like the title and concept of The Museum of Whales You Will Never See. It sounds like just the thing for these socially distanced times — can’t go to a real museum, but I can read about museums! I’m adding that one to my list. 🙂

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