9 Books to Read This Spring, According to Hudson Valley Bookstore Owners

From gripping short essays to contemporary love stories, here are nine great novels that local bookstore owners recommend reading this season.

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On the hunt for a great new read? Bookstore owners across the Hudson Valley share which books are heating up their shelves this season.
A Love Song for Ricki Wilde

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde

Tia Williams
$29

“A young woman leaves her wealthy, socially entrenched family behind in Atlanta to open a flower shop in Harlem—which, at the time of this novel—is undergoing its famous artistic renaissance. This story is a romantic and defiant celebration of Black excellence in American history.”
—Andrea Talarico and Mark Harris, co-owners of Stanza Books, Beacon

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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis
$28

“From Davis’ many critically acclaimed works, we recommend this as a jumping off point for new readers. Some stories are as brief as a page or a paragraph, but they somehow manage to contain the artistry and emotional impact of an epic. This is the perfect book to pick up and put down on a beautiful day.”
—SharonWeinberg, owner of The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

Satoshi Yagisawa
$16.99

“Novellas were made for a sunny afternoon! This is a title that I really enjoyed, about a woman who starts running her quirky uncle’s bookshop and finds herself in her rediscovered love of reading.”
—Carissa Unite, general manager of Oblong Books, Millerton

Emergency

Kathleen Alcott
$27.95

“The best books for spring are poetry or short story collections. Emergency is a collection where, in every story, there is a woman past the point of no return, clinging to complex narratives that absolve them of the unfreedoms of American life and the guilt that stalks the women who are supposed to have survived them. Alcott’s dazzling, taut prose and incredible attention to detail make every one of these stories worthy of a novel of its own.”
—Rachel Gorman, lead bookseller at Rough Draft Bar & Books, Kingston

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Hedge

Hedge

Jane Delury
$26.99

“The local relevance and themes of natural abundance make this perfect. It’s about a historical gardener who takes a job at a lush 19th-century estate in the Hudson Valley. The first half of the book is idyllic—our protagonist Maud has been hired to recreate the gardens. There’s also a charming love affair, but of course this Eden cannot last, and the rest of the book is a wrenching family drama.”
—Sharon Weinberg

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard
$18.99

“Dillard wrote this not too far from where we lived for a while, near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The book follows the seasons over the course of a year around Roanoke’s Tinker Creek. Dillard forces us to slow down, meditate, and simply ‘be.’ She situates us inside of beauty and leaves us with hope, and ideas that perfectly fit with the season.”
—Jason and Heather Locy, co-owners at Good Books, Cornwall

Pure Colour

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Pure Colour

Sheila Heti
$18

“This a beautifully weird novel of a creation myth in which people, based on their temperament, can be akin to either birds, fish, or bears, and plants were created as audience to the human drama. I love this book because it is very much like spring, full of flora and fauna, and seeking to have the reader look at the world in a fresh way.”
—Kelley Drahushuk, manager and owner of Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson

Tom Lake

Tom Lake

Ann Patchett
$30

“I recommend anything by Ann Patchett but especially her latest Tom Lake, which follows the lives of a group of young people putting on a summer stock production of ‘Our Town’ in a rural area of Michigan that feels exactly like the Hudson Valley. A wonderful way to start getting ready for summer.”
—James Conrad, co-owner of The Golden Notebook, Woodstock

Table for Two

Table for Two

Amor Towles
$32

“If you loved A Gentleman in Moscow and Towles’ other wonderful novels, this collection of short stories is for you. And what’s more perfect than sitting down in an Adirondack chair on a break from gardening and reading the world of an entire novel in one quick read?”
—James Conrad

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