Since it took me two weeks to get this list out for May, I'm going to give myself permission not to say much. Some of these books felt like they took a long time to read, so I'm actually a little surprised to see how many of them there are.
If I had to choose one book in particular to recommend of May's reading, it would be The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz. There has been a lot of discussion lately about cultural appropriation. I think this novel is a beautiful example of cultural appreciation. It draws on Canadian First Nations mythology to inspire a story of the intertwined and challenging relationships between white settlers and Native people across generations of a small community.
Other books I read in May:
Cigar Box Banjo by Paul Quarrington
Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Baldwin
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger
The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray
Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart