May 4, 2021 Book Releases and Reviews

A wonderfully ridiculous number of book releases coming at you today! May the Fourth be with you (and it clearly is) as you check out these awesome May 4, 2021 book releases!

African Europeans by Olivette Otele


The answer to every person who’s ever tried to argue that Black people appearing in European period dramas in anachronistic. It’s not. I learned about a number of historical figures I’d either never heard of (Joseph Bologne, French composer almost erased from history by Napoleon) or didn’t realize were of African descent (Alexander Pushkin). Probably too dry for reluctant non-fiction readers but I’m very glad to have read it and learned quite a bit. 

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala


What a fun, foodie murder mystery! After returning to her hometown to help with her family’s struggling restaurant, Lila finds herself being framed for her ex-boyfriend’s murder. The guy did die right in front of her at the table she was serving. Lila, her friends, & a gaggle of gossiping aunties are determined to clear her name & save the restaurant. But the real murderer is still out there–& bodies are starting to pile up.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He


Wow. I’m not even sure what else to say about this book except wow. A climate disaster dystopia novel about two sisters, one lost and trapped on a deserted island with only a robot and what little remains of her memories and the other trying to figure out what happened to her in a floating city above the sea. Tightly plotted, full of twists and intrigue, and just a beautiful and thought-provoking story. I’ll be thinking about this one for a while.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon


This book is incredible! Vern has escaped the cult she grew up in. Free from its influence and alone in the wilderness with her children, her body begins to transform into something new, and she begins to realize the cult was hiding much bigger secrets than she realized.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel


This book is a look at Bechdel’s through the lens of the body. She talks about not just physical activity, but transcendentalism, romanticism, and Buddhism in her journey to to figure out life and living through the years. It’s a fascinating and beautiful journey.

As if that wasn’t already enough great releases, Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, The Adventure Is Now by Jess Redman, Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee, and Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace are also coming out today! And we’re very excited for Project Hail Mary, the new sci-fi thriller from the author of The Martian (which has already been optioned for film with Ryan Gosling attached). What May 4, 2021 book releases are you most excited about?