New book round-up – March 2017

Looking for something new? Here is a selection of books being published in March 2017.

3/7 – All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg – a series of witty vignettes about a single woman defining life as an adult without the traditional markers of marriage and family.

3/7 – Price of Illusion: A Memoir by Joan Juliet Buck – a memoir by the former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue is full of anecdotes about fashion and celebrity.

3/7 – The Underworld by Kevin Canty – a devastating fire at a mine in small town Idaho ripples through a community tenuously held together.

3/7 – Ill Will by Dan Chaon – Chaon writes gripping, dark thrillers that never go in the direction you expect them to but keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

3/7 – South and West: From Some Notebooks by Joan Didion – The celebrated essayist shares excerpts from two notebooks – one about the Deep South in 1970, the other about the Bay Area during Patty Hearst’s trial in 1976.

3/7 – Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – a bittersweet story of love and loss set in an unnamed country roiled by turmoil. By the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

3/7 – Eveningland by Michael Knight – six short stories and a novella set in or around Mobile, Alabama, by a master of characterization and language.

night-ocean3/7 – The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge – In their review, Kirkus writes “A many-layered literary mystery about identity, obsession, and science fiction… An effortlessly memorable novel.”

3/7 – The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel – The remarkable story of a Massachusetts man who disappeared into the Maine forest for 27 years, without speaking to a single person.

3/7 – Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty – A mystery set in Northern Ireland during the troubles, featuring a charming detective.

3/14 – The Wanderers by Meg Howrey – In preparation for a manned mission to Mars, three astronauts enter a biome to simulate the experience. This is being compared to The Martian.

3/14 – White Tears by Hari Kunzru – Two college friends fabricate a vintage jazz recording, and then things get surreal, in a novel about cultural appropriation.

3/14 – The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy – A staff writer for The New Yorker recounts how her life began to fall apart while on assignment in Mongolia.

3/14 – Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison – The latest book in the series featuring Inspector Shan sees him traveling into the mountains of Tibet to solve a series of murders.

3/14 – The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo – After Meredith witnesses the kidnapping of a fellow student, she becomes fixated on the incident, while her mother hovers and worries. A great examination of the texture of family life, with memorable characters.

temporary-people3/14 – Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor – A collection of masterful short stories that range across geography and time. Kirkus Reviews calls Tharoor “a monumental talent.”

3/14 – Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan – Winner of the first Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, these 28 linked short stories explore the worlds of guest workers in the United Arab Emirates.

3/14 – Frontier by Can Xue – An exploration of the surreal and somewhat magical Pebble Town, at the foot of Snow Mountain, and its various inhabitants.

3/20 – The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi – “A haunting debut novel about two young women in Mumbai that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus.” (Kirkus Reviews)

3/21 – The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn – A couple agrees to try an open marriage for a limited amount of time, and everything goes off the rails. Amusing and entertaining.

3/21 – A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes – the MSNBC anchor examines the role of law and order in America’s continuing struggle with racism and  income inequality.

himself3/21 – Himself by Jess Kidd – Told that he was left on the steps of an orphanage as a baby, Dublin car thief Mahony realizes he doesn’t know the whole story and returns to his small coastal town to investigate.

3/21 – Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister – The fictionalized story of the first female detective, from determined woman to professional.

3/21 – Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains by Daniel Matthews – This new field guide describes nearly a thousand plants, animals and mushrooms to the Cascade, Olympic and Coast (B.C.) mountain ranges

3/21 – Wait Till You See Me Dance by Deb Olin Unferth – “A stunning debut collection from Unferth in which a maverick cast of lonely characters wades through life’s uncertainties. … Not to be missed.” (Kirkus Reviews)

circumference-of-love3/28 – The Wide Circumference of Love by Marita Golden – A family copes and recalibrates as their father suffers from early-onset dementia.

3/28 – How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh – The YouTube sensation shows you how to be a bawse – a “supremely confident person” – and be an inspiration to girls and women worldwide.

3/28 – The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti – Two stories intertwine: a coming-of-age story about Loo, each chapter a first time experience; and her father Samuel, running from his past and trying to protect his daughter, and the twelve bullets that have marked him.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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