March is looking like a fantastic month for new releases! I like to start the month by highlighting a few exciting upcoming books, and it was tough to narrow down my list to five titles this month! However, we have a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction — all by female authors, which is fitting for Women’s History Month.
(All descriptions are from Goodreads, edited for length.)
1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday | March 10)
“When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted Brooklyn-born painter; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.” — Goodreads
2. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Tin House Books | March 17)
“Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly unravels the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost. After Peggy’s return to civilization, her mother begins to learn the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.” — Goodreads
3. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (Random House | March 17)
“Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband Bruno and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters into with an ease that surprises even her. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there’s no going back.” — Goodreads
4. That’s Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us by Erin Moore (Gotham | March 24)
“In That’s Not English, the seemingly superficial variations between British and American vocabulary open the door to a deeper exploration of historical and cultural differences. Each chapter begins with a single word and takes the reader on a wide-ranging expedition, drawing on diverse and unexpected sources. In Quite, Moore examines the tension between English reserve and American enthusiasm. In Pull, her theme is dating and sex; Cheers is about drinking; and Knackered addresses parenthood. That’s Not English is a transatlantic survival guide, and a love letter to two countries that owe each other more than they would like to admit.” — Goodreads
5. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Children by Megan Daum (Picador | March 31)
“In this provocative and controversial collection of essays, curated by writer Meghan Daum, sixteen acclaimed writers explain why they have chosen to eschew parenthood. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed makes a thoughtful and passionate case for why parenthood is not the only path in life, taking our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby-bump-patrolling culture to task in the process. What emerges is a more nuanced, diverse view of what it means to live a full, satisfying life.” — Goodreads
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