Five New Books Hitting Shelves on May 2, 2023

Nicholas Barron

We're entering beach read season, and a few new books hitting shelves this week fit that billing.

Get ready to explore the stories of Minka Kelly in her memoir "Tell Me Everything," get lost in Sunny Hostin’s African-American enclave in “Summer on Sag Harbor,” immerse yourself in Ben Smith’s “Traffic” about how going viral has transformed our society, or follow Annie Walker as she takes on a new approach to dating with Sarah Adams' "Practice Makes Perfect."

Let's learn about these five books.

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Tell Me Everything: A Memoir by Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly is widely known for her exceptional acting skills in films and television shows. She has starred in prominent TV series like Friday Night Lights and “Parenthood” and has acted in several Hollywood movies such as 500 Days of Summer, The Roommate, and Just Go with It.

"Tell Me Everything: A Memoir" is a remarkable piece of work that brings us closer to Kelly's personal life, her early childhood years, her relationship with her parents, and how she became interested in acting. In the book, we get an insight into Kelly's struggles as a teenager, including her battle with bullying and how she overcame it.

Available on Amazon | Bookshop

Summer on Sag Harbor by Sunny Hostin

Sunny Hostin is an Emmy-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. Her latest novel, "Summer on Sag Harbor: A Novel (Summer Beach, 2)," is a captivating story about family, friendship, and finding yourself in the midst of chaos.

Set against the backdrop of summertime in an African-American enclave of the beach town Sag Harbor, N.Y., this book follows three friends navigating their way through life's challenges and joys. Through vivid descriptions and heartfelt dialogue, readers are taken on an emotional journey that will leave them with a newfound perspective.

Available on Amazon | Bookshop

Traffic by Ben Smith

Ben Smith's "Traffic" is an exposé on how going viral has transformed our society in the 21st century. Smith, a prominent journalist at The New York Times, dedicated years of research to understanding how algorithms and social media have reshaped the way we consume information.

"Traffic" explores the elaborate systems behind online manipulation and the unintended consequences they bring. From the impact of Russian propaganda on the 2016 U.S. election to the rise of QAnon, Smith's narrative illuminates the fragility of our digital ecosystem and the urgent need for reform.

Available on Amazon | Bookshop

Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Adams

Annie Walker runs a flower shop in Rome, Ken., and she's on the hunt for her perfect match. But that's proving hard to do in her small town, so Annie decides to take on a new, edgier approach to dating.

She enlists the help of her future sister-in-law's bodyguard, Will. In town for Annie's brother's wedding, Will plans to have nothing to do with Rome once his job here is done. That is until he realizes Annie is barking up the wrong guys in her quest to find a mate.

"Practice Makes Perfect" is a delightfully fun read from Sarah Adams, author of popular books such as "The Cheat Sheet" and "The Off Limits Rule."

Available on Amazon | Bookshop

The Island Villa by Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan's "The Island Villa" has Adeline and Cassie arriving on Corfu for their mother, Catherine's, fourth wedding.

Adeline is still reeling from Catherine's infidelity that led to her divorce from Adeline's dad. Meanwhile, Cassie is excited about Catherine's wedding and getting to spend time on Corfu. Both sisters arrive at Catherine's luxury villa for the wedding with different expectations and withheld truths about themselves that their mother doesn't know.

Available on Amazon | Bookshop

Five new books for May 2, 2023

Whether you're looking for a captivating story or an in-depth exposé on the digital age we live in, or something lighthearted and summery, these five new titles can provide hours of entertainment:

  • "Tell Me Everything: A Memoir" by Minka Kelly
  • "Summer on Sag Harbor" by Sunny Hostin
  • "Traffic" by Ben Smith
  • "Practice Makes Perfect" by Sarah Adams
  • "The Island Villa" by Sarah Morgan

Are you looking forward to reading any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

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