May Book Releases – Grit: The Power of Passions and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (Scribner, released May 3)

It’s graduation time of year, and here is an excellent book to give your favorite graduate. Researcher and scientist Angela Duckworth, who once struggled with finding her own intelligence and self-worth, has created an inspirational book that is, well, actually inspirational. Her premise is that each of us can learn to achieve, no matter what our circumstances or our IQ. All we need to develop is what she terms “grit,” a blend of perseverance and passion that can help us accomplish great things.

In addition to using her own personal insights, the author Duckworth uses a variety of other illustrations including observations of West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists and interviews with top coaches and leaders.

May Book Releases – Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (Little, Brown and Company, released May 3)

How far will you go to help the people you love? It’s a question Adam Haslett, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, poses in this new novel. Set in London during the 1960s, the story is told from the alternating perspectives of five family members over the course of five decades.

Haslett combines humor with gut-wrenching emotion in this book that deals with mental illness and the strength of familial love.

May Book Releases – Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin (Gallery Books, released May 3)

Secret Service agent Clint Hill protected Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford.

This book gives us an insider’s look into the lives of five 20th century presidents and through his personal observations, we learn details about the tumultuous times these men lived in and the incredible pressures they endured.

The author’s previous two books are Mrs. Kennedy and Me focused and Five Days in November .

May Book Releases – The Secret War

Spies, Ciphers and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings (HarperCollins, May 10)

Stories of spies and codes have fueled many books and films about World War II, but, in this book, historian Max Hastings gives is a clear idea of the critical role espionage played among all the players in the global conflict.

You will learn new stories and new details about the human drama and human sacrifices that went on behind the scenes, as the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany and Japan worked fervently to create and to use Intelligence to wage a way that took place off the battlefields.

May Book Releases – The Fireman

A Novel by Joe Hill (HarperCollins, release date May 17)

New York Times bestselling author combines the threat of a global pandemic with the thrill of a superhero character known as the Fireman in this new dystopian novel. Draco Incendia Trychophyton, called Dragonscale for short, is a highly contagious disease that causes its victims to burst into flames. No one is safe, and millions are infected throughout the world. Enter the enigmatic mane called The Fireman.

Hill, the author of the Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts, is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and was a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship.

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