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Amazon's Best Books of April: Today's Releases



A Richard Price-ian novel, a biography (sort of) of the Godfather of Soul – April 5 brings a bounty of Best of the Month choices... Best of April-Amazon Book Review

Actually, I stand corrected. Dodgers isn't a book that resembles the work of Richard ("Clockers") Price, it is, according to our reviewer, Senior Editor, Chris Schluep, something even better. It's " equal parts Richard Price and Mark Twain." That's some pedigree...and this novel about an inner city kid at a personal crossroads lives up to its billing.

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Kill 'Em and Leave by James McBride
 
Searching for James Brown and the American Soul is no traditional biography, says Senior Editor Jon Foro. "McBride takes an oblique approach, traveling deep into Brown's past to interview bandmates, managers, family members, and friends, applying his unique, propulsive voice and insight as a musician to illustrate the world stacked against Brown...[who is] the central figure of the book...but rarely at its center."
 

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Consequence by Eric Fair
 
Fight your war-book fatigue, says our editor Erin Kodicek. This stunning memoir from a prison interrogator – including at the infamous Abu Ghraib – is matter of fact, and "addresses the moral ambiguity and emotional toll our soldiers' actions take."
 

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
 
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is "a stunning tale of forgeries and deaths, deception and love," says our reviewer, Al Woodworth. Spanning centuries and continents, it will delight readers of such new classics as Girl with the Pearl Earring. This is "a vivid, enthralling novel that is as timeless and luminous as [a great painting] itself."
 

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Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
 
Our reviewer, Penny Mann "geeked out" on Rocket Girls, a "wonderfully told and intrinsically captivating...story about the elite group of women in the 40s and 50s who broke gender and science boundaries to transform rocket design and lay the groundwork for U.S. space travel."
 

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A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
 
A Burglar's Guide to the City is "a caper of a book," says Senior Editor, Jon Foro. " On one hand, [it's] a 2,000-year history of break-ins, heists, and break-outs--a litany of unlikely, bent geniuses and their extraordinary efforts in the service of subverting and outwitting security." On the other, it's the tale of the security experts who manage (sometimes) to keep them out.
 

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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
 
Even the seriously science challenged will find much to love in Lab Girl, a very intelligent and warm memoir by a geobiologist who has made a career of studying, well, dirt. That she's also an amazing observer of human nature – including her own – provides both the surprise and the joy.
 


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