Robins are chirping, trees are blossoming and asparagus has once again appeared on our plates. It can only mean one thing: Spring is here, and with it comes a crop of fresh new books for literary lovers to feast on. We asked a few industry experts which books they recommend reading.
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Who: Jamil Zaidi, assistant manager at Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle
Recommends: Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (Knopf, $27)
Why: Zaidi calls this novel by Harkaway, the author of The Gone-Away World, a “lively and riveting adventure.” The story follows a man who accidentally triggers a potentially apocalyptic device and revives a battle between sinister parties. “It’s a pretty complicated book,” Zaidi says, “but an excellent read.”(Available now)

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Who: Julie Wernersbach, publicist at BookPeople, Austin, Texas
Recommends: Threats: A Novel by Amelia Gray (FSG Originals, $14)
Why: Wernersbach praises this first novel from Gray, herself a former Austinite, calling it “as weird and wonderful as her previous collection of short stories, Museum of the Weird.”(Available now)

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Who: Dana Brigham, co-owner and manager of Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, Mass.
Recommends: I Am Forbidden: A Novel by Anouk Markovits (Hogarth, $25)
Why: Brigham enjoyed this English-language debut from French author Markovits, who writes about two sisters born into a religious sect in 1930s Transylvania. What makes the book so intriguing, Brigham says, is that it “draws from the author’s own experience of leaving her home to avoid an arranged marriage.”(Available May 8)