5 Must-Have Books For Your Spring Collection

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This spring, in the world of literature, it’s all about making the old new again.




Few books come with more anticipation this spring than the English translation of 68-year-old Haruki Murakami’s latest short story collection, Men Without Women.

Ernest Hemingway released a short story collection with the same title 90 years ago, though he had a lot going on back then, according to Nicholas Reynolds in Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961.


Meanwhile, a pair of Brits helped find lovelorn Londoners a mate in a true-life project recalled in Penrose Halton’s The Marriage Bureau: True Stories of 1940s London Matchmakers, coming to TV via the producers of Downton Abbey.




Award-winning author Tracy Chevalier reimagines Shakespeare’s Othello with 1970s schoolchildren in New Boy, while mystery fans can “spring” for two new thrillers – Scott Turow’s Testimony and Anders de la Motte’s newly translated The Silenced, winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel award in 2015.



A version of this article appeared in the May 2017 issue on p. 16.