And here we are, on the first of May in the year 2017. What books does May bring with it? Well, let’s see. There are incisive essay collections by the likes of Scaachi Koul and Samantha Irby; there are challenging works in translation by João Gilberto Noll and Rodrigo Fresán, and there’s a new edition of a genre-defying novel by Kirsten Bakis, for starters. Here’s a look at some of the May books that have piqued our interest.