It's National Reading Month, the annual celebration that has spawned book events around the country, and our editors have been eager to join in on the fun and discovery. This year, we can't wait to crack open a stack of spring releases. Whether you're looking to lose yourself in an engrossing novel, take a trip back in time, or improve the way you live, you'll flip for a few of our favorites.
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Kelly Kerney's "Hard Red Spring" (Viking), a powerful account of a century of Guatemala's turbulent history, is told through the eyes of four American women in the country.

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"The Year of the Runaways" (Knopf), by Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota, details the entwined struggles of four Indian immigrants looking for a fresh start in England.

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Rethink (and improve) your productivity with "Smarter Faster Better" (Random House), by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg, who has a knack for making science accessible.

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In "High Dive" (Knopf), Jonathan Lee fuses fact and fiction in a riveting account of an impending assassination-and somehow manages to find comedy in the tragedy.

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War encroaches in bestselling author Helen Simonson's "The Summer Before the War" (Random House), as a small town in Sussex grapples with the sudden arrival of a female teacher.

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Katie Roiphe's meticulously researched "The Violet Hour" (Dial Press) provides a moving glimpse into the final days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, and other great thinkers.

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