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Every month, Belletrist features a different book and a favorite independent bookstore, both chosen by Emma Roberts + Karah Preiss.

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May Book Pick

Welcome to Lagos

by Chibundu Onuzo

When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows it is time to desert his post. As he travels toward Lagos with Yemi, his junior officer, and into the heart of a political scandal involving Nigeria’s education minister, Chike becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a different kind of life. Among them is Fineboy, a fighter with a rebel group, desperate to pursue his dream of becoming a radio DJ; Isoken, a 16-year-old girl whose father is thought to have been killed by rebels; and the beautiful Oma, escaping a wealthy, abusive husband. Full of humor and heart, Welcome to Lagos is a high-spirited novel about aspirations and escape, innocence and corruption. It offers a provocative portrait of contemporary Nigeria that marks the arrival in the United States of an extraordinary young writer.

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Featured Bookstore of the Month:
Astoria Bookshop, Astoria, Queens

The Astoria Bookshop is an independent bookstore in the heart of Astoria, Queens, owned and operated by book industry veteran Lexi Beach. The 1,000 square foot store, which was a finalist for Publishers Weekly's 2018 Bookstore of the Year, opened in 2013. As a small store serving a large and diverse section of New York City, the Bookshop strives to provide the neighborhood with curated selections and events programming that educate, entertain, and provide a sense of community.

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