'Freshwater' is Akwaeke Emezi's debut novel

Emezi does not shy away from carnal desire, self-harm and human cruelty.

Author Tayari Jones

The narrative is instantly classic: one part “To Kill a Mockingbird,” one part “The Count of Monte Cristo.” But it is also contemporary, immediate and keenly critical.

So, in honor of spring break, here is a list of books that will both get you itching to travel and allow you to do so from the comfort of your own home.

What does it mean to be a writer? What does it mean to love, to live, to lose? What does it mean to write about these things?

The story was instantly addictive, a mix of history, romance and adventure.

Daniel Radcliff in "Harry Potter"

I have never read a single Harry Potter book in my life.


“Holes” by Louis Sachar is an intricate and beautiful story framed in the perfect innocence of a young adult novel.

The book is full of delightful melodramatics.

Timmy Reed’s “Kill Me Now” captures the feeling of a teenage summer more thoroughly and successfully than many other novels in its genre — and there are a lot.


Though these places are rich and enthralling, they never seem to overshadow the poignancy of Benjamin’s characters — the Golds’ history as a family is steeped in a sense of the unknown, something which ultimately propels them into the future.