Books to Read in May 2018 | Books & Authors | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

It’s a rich reading month, bookworms. Burrow into these captivating stories about fear, love, and loss—plus, learn about technology and French culture.

Blood Standard

Laird Barron

G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2018, $26

When Isaiah Coleridge ends a powerful Alaskan mob's money-making scheme, he finds himself in danger and seeks refuge at a farm in upstate New York. But his plan to lay low backfires when a teenage girl goes missing from the farm. Alaskan-born, Kingston-based author Laird Barron weaves this violent, riveting, and suspenseful tale in his debut crime fiction novel.

Do This For Me

Eliza Kennedy

Crown, 2018, $26

Raney Moore is living her dream life. That is, until she finds out her famous husband, Aaron, cheated on her. After she gets her ruthless revenge, the couple gives the relationship another go—leading to a whirlwind of confusing questions and emotions. Raney is a formidable female character who defies norms and illuminates timely women's issue. In Eliza Kennedy's second novel, the Hudson Valley-based author of I Take You explores sex, relationships, and gender inequality.

Wicked River

Jenny Milchman

Source books, 2018, $15.99

Bestselling author Jenny Milchman's fourth novel tells the tale of a honeymoon gone wrong. In this epic wilderness survival story, newlyweds Natalie and Doug Larson get lost in six million acres of Adirondack forest—and they're not alone. A man lurks in the shadows, wreaking havoc and threatening the couple's lives. The immediate danger leads them to discover how far they're willing to go to stay alive.

Mating in Captivity: A Memoir

Helen Zuman

She Writes Press, 2018, $16.95

Escape from mainstream society and delve into a mysterious cult world. Writer and Beacon resident Helen Zuman did this for real in 1999. Right after graduating from Harvard, she hopped on a bus to Zendik Farm in North Carolina. The Zendiks promised she'd find love apart from "Deathculture." But it wasn't until years later that Zuman realized she'd joined a cult. That's when she started crafting her memoir, Mating in Captivity. Read about the manipulation she endured and what it taught her in this unusual, tell-all memoir. Launch party at Oak Vino Wine Bar in Beacon on June 3 at 5pm.

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Simon Winchester

Harper Collins, 2018, $29.99

The science behind the digital world is a mystery to most of us, but not to Berkshires resident and New York Times-bestselling author Simon Winchester. The longtime journalist's newest book explores the role of scientific precision in technology. He blends science and history to create a clearer picture of the world's most important technological advances from the Industrial Revolution to modern times. Book signing at the White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, cosponsored by Oblong Books and Music, on June 14 at 6pm.

Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home

Danielle Postel-Vinay

Dey Street Books, 2018, $22.99

Ever wish you could learn to live like the French do? If you answered oui, look no further than Danielle Postel-Vinay's Home Sweet Maison, a tidy guide to French home decor and etiquette. The American writer and Newburgh resident spent many years living in France, where she met her Parisian husband. Her new book draws from her culturally immersive experiences and addresses some common misconceptions about French culture.

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