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



The Atomic Weight of Love-Amazon Book ReviewReleasing today is an impressive list of novels, some new, some from names you know. If our Best of the Month lists had subtitles, this one would be Love, War and Cryogenics.

Our debut spotlight, The Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth J. Church is a fascinating account of a science-minded woman who puts her life on hold for her science-minded man. A beautiful and quiet book, it is about the changing role of women between the 1940's and 1970's – as our senior editor Seira Wilson points out – about a lot of other things as well.

 

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
 
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave is yet another WWII novel, but this one takes place only partly on the battlefield. The story of a wellborn woman who insists on staying in London to teach poor children, it's a "love story that manages to be poignant without being precious," says our editor Erin Kodicek. It also emphasizes the importance of challenging injustices, whatever the era – which is a timeless message.
 

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Zero K by Don DeLillo
 
Many believe that Zero K is DeLillo's greatest work since Underworld, and to say it's about fathers, sons and cryogenics is only getting started. It's a complex book, says our senior Editor Chris Schluep, In it, "DeLillo riffs on life and death, life and family, life and money, life and technology, and examines the difference between life and Life."
 

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Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh
 
"When an author can tell a beautiful and compelling story about fracking, well, you know you are in the presence of something special," our reviewer, Penny Mann, said about Jennifer Haigh's powerful Heat and Light. Set in the decaying Pennsylvania town of Appalachia, situated over a natural gas deposit, Haigh brings together a host of endearing characters and tells a surprisingly poignant story.
 

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The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
 
C. E. Morgan's The Sport of Kings is "an American and epic, a novel of lineage and legacy, race horses and racism, power and poverty," says our reviewer Al Woodworth. A tale of several generations of Kentucky royalty, "it's graceful, provocative and at the right stretches, heart-pounding."
 


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