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New Books to Check Out In May 2019

Tomorrow’s the first day of May, which means that most of us are ready for a spectacular release of new books.

The only problem is that you might not even know where to start.

But don't fret about it -- we’ve gathered just a few of the hottest books coming out in May.

Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination by Brian Jay Jones


We all know Dr. Seuss — but how much do you know about Theodor Geisel?

Geisel is Dr. Seuss’s alter ego, also known as the man behind the writing. Known to have a more “radical” side, this book chronicles Geisel’s successful career with hints of his own personal convictions appearing here and there throughout his books (remember The Lorax?).

The truth is that Geisel was on a mission to teach young people about empathy — but through the fun of rhymes and silly cartoons. And how, exactly, did he do it?

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane


Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren’t close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come.

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett and Sarah Jacoby


A dazzling picture book biography of Margaret Wise Brown, the legendary author of Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, and other children’s classics, that is as fearless and groundbreaking as the icon herself was—from award-winning, bestselling author Mac Barnett and rising star illustrator Sarah Jacoby.

What is important about Margaret Wise Brown?

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague by David K. Randall