Books and TV

Sandy’s Selections of New Book Releases for May

What would you do if you had a chance to see five years into your future? Explore that question, try out new recipes in the kitchen and get a head start on the soon to be BBC drama, Miss Austin, told by Jane Austin’s sister, Cassandra. You will be glued to the edge of your seat with this month’s page-turners.

New Books to Read

Always Home by Fanny Singer | Culinary Memoir

Always Home - new books to read

Singer, renowned chef Alice Waters’s daughter, has written this appetite-stimulating memoir, filled with luscious accounts of food. The 60 friendly recipes use only the finest and freshest of ingredients, and many are simple enough to create yourself. The bond with her mother and food has defined this daughter’s life.

Readers Recommend:

Coming to my Senses by Alice Waters

Fanny in France by Alice Waters

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl


Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel | History

Mirror & The Light - new books to read

This is the third installment of Thomas Cromwell’s rise and fall during the English Reformation and the reign of Henry VIII. The Mirror & The Light is written in a unique style that is rich with memory and metaphor. This is a worthy conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s trilogy, one of the great achievements of English literature in this century. You’ll be able to watch it on PBS soon.

Readers Recommend:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle | Fiction

In Five Years - new books to read

In Five Years is a story of love and friendship centers on a young woman who plans her life down to the minute until she experiences a one-hour glimpse of her life five years into the future. Nothing she sees in the dream is what she planned, and nothing is the way she expected.

Readers Recommend:

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen | Mystery

You Are Not Alone - new books to read

This three-part suicide and murder mystery is a psychological thriller. You Are Not Alone reveals just enough of what is beneath the surface story to keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s about loneliness and the lengths people will go to to be accepted to the “in-crowd”.

Readers Recommend:

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby | Historical Fiction

Miss Austen - new books to read

Jane Austen’s older sister, Cassandra, is the title character of Miss Austen and is the protector of Jane’s literary legacy. Cassandra is searching for Jane’s lost letters in her duty to locate them and destroy any evidence that might compromise Jane’s reputation. Cassandra finds the letters and re-reads them, remembering the Austens’ wonderful family life. Set to be a BBC drama.

Readers Recommend:

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Writers & Lovers by Lily King | Fiction

Writers & Lovers - new books to read

Writers & Lovers is an extraordinary portrait of a young woman artist when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Written with humor, heart and intelligence, it’s an exploration of the terrifying and exhilarating leap taken between one phase of life and the beginning of another.

Readers Recommend:

Euphoria by Lily King

Father of the Rain by Lily King

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves | Fiction

The Silent Treatment - new books to read

After 40 years of marriage and 6 months of silence, a twisting plot reveals the tragic miscommunications of this broken family. The Silent Treatment is a heartbreaking story of love, parenthood, marriage and loss that leaves each person grieving that they had failed.

Readers Recommend:

I Made a Mistake by Jane Corry

Little White Lies by Philippa East

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

If you’re searching for more great reads, check out Sandy’s Selections of New Books for more memoirs and fiction to keep you hooked until the last page.

Did you like this article? Sign up (it's free!) and we'll send you great articles like this every week. Subscribe for free here.

Related Posts

Sandy's Selections from female authors for 2022
December reading list - reading a book by the Christmas Tree with a cup of coffee
Sex and the City Feature
November reading list - cozy book by a fall window
Woman reading a book for the October reading list
The Morning Show Featured Image
September Reading List
August Reading Sandy Selections
July Books
summer books
Read a good book this Spring
Books for women
PrimeWomen Award