10 Must-Read Books for May and More Critical Linking

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Just before the plunge into lighter reading that comes with a change of the season, May offers plenty of high-quality literary writing — especially novels. Is Zero K one of DeLillo’s best? CanThe Sport of Kings revive the regional novel? There are also great nonfiction books out this month, including Chris Lehmann’s polemical history The Money Cult, as well as Axel Honneth and Jacques Ranciere’s epic debate about freedom and equality, recognition and disagreement in Recognition or Disagreement. 

Used to be Flavorwire let you see all the recommended books at once, rather than make you click through the slideshow. Buttttt, for a list like this, the slideshow won’t hurt anyone. They aren’t lying about literary May!


Audiobooks help them develop the skills for more advanced reading. Reading involves more skills than just the technical ability to sound out words, and audiobooks give kids practice in reading skills like keeping track of characters and following a story arc. 

Love this — eight reasons why you should try out audiobooks with your kids.


Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What’s an underrated book you think everyone should read? Check out the top answers below!

Goodreads readers and I might disagree on the definition of “underrated” (I’ve read three of these sixteen and heard of most of the rest) but I bet there will be at least one title here that’s new to you.


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If William Faulkner hadn’t made it as a writer, he probably could have had a career as an illustrator. The Nobel Prize-winning writer is famous for his prose, but early in his life, he also dabbled in the visual arts.

A small collection of his drawings (spotted via Open Culture), largely published in the campus publication Ole Miss at the University of Mississippi, appear in William Faulkner: Early Prose and Poetry.

The drawings, mostly published between 1919 and 1921, are reminiscent of the Jazz Age. Some include jokes, and they’re all infused with a certain amount of whimsy.

I wonder how Faulkner would feel about his work being described with the word “whimsy.” In any case, it’s always neat to see other creative interests writers have.

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