New month, new books! Book Light is our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the most-anticipated new book releases every month, and next up is March 2021. If you ask us, the perfect March read is . So what are the best new books to read coming out in March 2021? Our intrepid team has been exploring and here’s what we found: new books, including novels and non-fiction, coming out this March 2021 that we cannot wait to read.
what are the most-anticipated new book releases for March 2021?
Wondering what to read in March 2021 among all the new novels and new non-fiction books?
It’s Women’s History Month, and there are memoirs and biographies of luminaries in the arts, science and jurisprudence. There’s also a bounty of new novels from favorite authors, many of which were rescheduled due to coronavirus issues during the past 12 months (including a scarcity of printing press capacity).[white_box]
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new novels and poetry March 2021
The month sees new novels from Kazuo Ishiguro, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Russell Banks, Imbolo Mbue and Andrea Lee. Among the buzzed-about literary debuts are new novels from Gabriela Garcia, Sara Davis and Jackie Polzin.
new non-fiction books March 2021
Sharon Stone has penned a memoir and March 2021 sees the publication of the first major biography of Helen Frankenthaler. Walter Isaacson has written the definitive account of the life of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Jennifer Doudna. There’s a new history of the glory days of Pan Am Airways. And one about the birth (and near death) of SpaceX.
the best new books coming in March 2021
Here’s our pick of the top new book releases of March 2021 – novels, essay collections, and non-fiction – that we cannot wait to read. You can pre-order them now if you like.
New book releases the week of March 2, 2021
Here are the top new novels and non-fiction book releases of the first week of March 2021.
1. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Klara and the Sun is the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro – author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go – since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Its the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities. From her place in the store she watches the people who enter as well as the ones who pass by. Which one will eventually choose her?
2. The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
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The Committed is a sequel to the highly-acclaimed The Sympathizer. In this new story we follow the Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris as a refugee. There he and his blood brother Bon try to escape their pasts and prepare for their futures by turning their hands to capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing.
3. Foregone by Russell Banks.
Foregone is a meditation on the nature of memory and guilt. Famed Canadian American leftist documentary filmmaker Leonard Fife is one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam. Fife, now in his late seventies, is dying of cancer in Montreal. He’s giving one final interview to his former star student, in the presence of his wife and film crew, in which he is determined to bare all his secrets at last.[white_box]
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4. Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman.
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In the debut novel Good Eggs we hear the story of the adventures the Gogarty family. The eighty-three-year-old mother has been caught shoplifting numerous times. So her harried and unemployed son hires a caregiver. Meanwhile his wife is traveling the world for her job, leaving him to deal with their rebellious teenage daughter. Will the new caregiver be the Mary Poppins they all need?
5. The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende.
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“When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating.” So begins The Soul of a Woman, a memoir and treatise on what it means to be a woman. What feeds the soul of women today? the author asks. Her answer? “To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over our bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved.”
6. What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster.
In What’s Mine and Yours, a community in the Piedmont of North Carolina is outraged when a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will tie their two families together in unexpected ways over the span of the next twenty years.
7. The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown.
The Lowering Days is a debut novel set in 1980’s Maine. A bankrupt paper mill, once the Penobscot Valley’s largest employer, is burned to the ground on the eve of potentially reopening. As the community grapples with the scope of the devastation, a Penobscot Nation teenager confesses to the crime, which he views as an act of justice (and revenge) for the sacred river that has been under assault for centuries. For many, the mill is a lifeline, providing working-class jobs they need to survive. Within the Penobscot Nation, though, the mill’s toxic chemicals and wastewater mean destruction and death. This is a moving mediation on the nature of loss and the meaning of ownership.
8. The Scapegoat by Sara Davis.
In the debut novel The Scapegoat, a man at a university in the San Francisco Bay area is investigating his estranged father’s death. His investigation leads him to a hotel built over a former Spanish mission, a site with a dark power and secrets all its own.
9. Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke.
Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 5′3″ and 5′9″, between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire. Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am brings this era to life with the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters.
10. To Raise a Boy by Emma Brown.
The catalyst for the reporting that led to To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood was simple and personal. How will I raise my son to be different? This question grips the author, a Washington Post investigative reporter, who was at home nursing her six-week-old son when the #MeToo movement erupted. In search of an answer, she travels the country and interviews hundreds of people to understand the challenges boys face and how to address them.
11. The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing by Mark Kurlansky.
The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing details the science, history, art, and culture of fly fishing. It’s a battle of wits, and the fly fisher does not always win. The targets are intelligent, wily, strong, and athletic animals. The allure of the sport? It makes catching a fish as difficult as humanly possible.
12. Liftoff by Eric Berger.
Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX is written by the senior space editor at Ars Technica. Less than 20 years after its founding, SpaceX boasts the largest portfolio of commercial satellites in orbit, has pioneered reusable rockets, and its the first private company to launch human beings into orbit. But before it became one of the most powerful players in the aerospace industry, SpaceX was a fledgling startup, scrambling to develop a single workable rocket before the money ran dry. This is the story of how it grew.
13. Mine! by Michael Heller and James Salzman.
Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives is a fascinating and fun read on the nature of ownership. The authors, both law professors, posit that there are just six simple stories that everyone uses to claim everything. Owners choose the story that steers us to do what they want. But we can always pick a different story.
14. But You’re Still So Young by Kayleen Schaefer.
But You’re Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings Are Redefining Adulthood is the latest from the author of Text Me When You Get Home. It’s a look at what it means to be in your thirties, and to navigate some of the biggest milestones of adult life. And a passionate argument against measuring “adulthood” by the same metrics sociologists relied on fifty years ago.
New book releases the week of March 9, 2021
Here are the top new novels and non-fiction book releases of the second week of March 2021.
15. How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue.
The author of the widely-praised Behold the Dreamers returns with How Beautiful We Were, a wrenching story about the collision of a fictional small African village and an American oil company. Told from the perspective of a generation of children and the family of a girl named Thula who grows up to become a revolutionary, this is a story of decades-long struggle and personal sacrifice.
16. Brood by Jackie Polzin.
Brood is a debut novel about one woman’s attempt to keep her four chickens alive while reflecting on a recent devastating miscarriage. Over the course of a single year, she tries to keep her small brood of four chickens alive despite the seemingly endless challenges: forty-below nights in winter, sweltering heat in summer, which brings a surprise tornado. It’s a fight against predators, bad luck, and fear of an uncertain future.
17. The Recent East by Thomas Grattan.
The debut novel The Recent East is a family saga spanning time and distance. Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a mother who defected from East Germany as a child returns to the country with her two teenagers. There, they find a ghost town. And then they discover their own inner lives. One sibling, free to be gay, takes to looting empty houses. The other, fascinated with the horrors of the Holocaust, buries herself in books and finds companionship in a previously unknown cousin. Over time, the town itself changes and morphs into a desirable seaside resort. In the midst of that change, two episodes of violence come to define the family forever.
18. Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan.
Acts of Desperation is a debut novel about the dark side of love and obsession.
19. Love Like That: Stories by Emma Duffy-Comparone.
Love Like That is a debut story collection filled with tales of brilliant, broken women.
20. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.
In the author’s newest rom-com, Act Your Age, Eve Brown, the eponymous heroine crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner with predictably, deliciously sweet results.
21. Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans.
This new work from the spoken word poet, Black Girl, Call Home, is a poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity. With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Mans writes to call herself—and us—home. Each poem explores what it means to be a daughter of Newark, and America—and the painful, joyous path to adulthood as a young, queer Black woman.
22. The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson.
The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race is the first comprehensive biography of an unsung scientific hero. account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.
23. Futureproof by Kevin Roose.
Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation is written by the New York Times technology columnist.
24. Beloved Beasts by Michelle Nijhuis.
Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction by a science journalist. In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement’s history
25. Food Between Friends by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Tanous.
In Food Between Friends, best friends Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of Modern Family, and recipe developer Julie Tanous pay homage to their hometowns as they whip up modern California food with Southern and Southwestern spins in their debut cookbook.
New book releases the week of March 16, 2021
Here are the top new novels and non-fiction book releases of the third week of March 2021.
26. Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue By Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amanda L. Tyler.
This second volume of Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue provides further details from Justice Ruth Ginsburg’s family life and career. Notable briefs and oral arguments; some of Ginsburg’s last speeches; and her favorite opinions that she wrote as a Supreme Court Justice. Each document was chosen by Ginsburg and Tyler to tell the story of the litigation strategy and to reinforce the iconic jurist’s optimistic vision.
27. Festival Days by Jo Ann Beard.
Festival Days is the latest collection In these nine pieces, she captures both the small, luminous moments of daily existence and those instants when life and death hang in the balance, ranging from the death of a beloved dog to a relentlessly readable account of a New York artist trapped inside a burning building, as well as two triumphant, celebrated pieces of short fiction.
New book releases the week of March 23, 2021
Here are the top new novels and non-fiction book releases of the fourth week of March 2021.
28. Red Island House by Andrea Lee.
“People do mysterious things when they think they’ve found paradise,” reflects Shay, the heroine of Red Island House. When Shay, a Black American professor who’s always had an adventurous streak, marries Senna, an Italian businessman
29. The Vietri Project by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye.
A search for a mysterious customer in Rome leads a young bookseller to confront the complicated history of her family, and that of Italy itself, in The Vietri Project.
30. There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura.
In the new novel There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job, a young woman walks into an employment agency and requests a job that has specific traits. It must be close to her home, and must require no reading, no writing, and ideally, very little thinking. As she moves from one job to the next, it becomes increasingly apparent that she’s not searching for the easiest job at all, but something altogether more meaningful. When she finally discovers an alternative to the daily grind, it comes with a price.
31. Fierce Poise by Alexander Nemerov.
Fierce Poise is the first major biography of Helen Frankenthaler. The artist made some of the most daring, head-turning paintings of her day and also came into her own as a woman: traveling the world, falling in and out of love, and engaging in an ongoing artistic education. She also experienced anew–and left her mark on–the city in which she had been raised in privilege as the daughter of a judge, even as she left the security of that world to pursue her artistic ambitions.
New book releases the week of March 30, 2021
Here are the top new novels and non-fiction book releases of the final week of March 2021.
32. Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge.
The critically acclaimed and Whiting Award–winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with Libertie, an unforgettable story about one young Black girl’s attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself.
33. Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia.
Of Women and Salt is set in present-day Miami, where Jeanette is battling addiction. Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE. in her quest for understanding, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt.
34. Girlhood by Melissa Febos.
In Girlhood, the author examines the narratives women are told about what it means to be female and what it takes to free oneself from them.
35. Our Team by Luke Epplin.
Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball is the true story of four men―Larry Doby, Bill Veeck, Bob Feller, and Satchel Paige―whose improbable union on the Cleveland Indians in the late 1940s shaped the sport in the post-war era. Doby was the second Black player in the majors the story of the integration of the Cleveland Indians and their quest for a World Series title
36. A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib.
A Little Devil in America is a comprehensive history of Black performance in the United States related through a series of essays, reflections, and memories.
37. The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone.
Actress Sharon Stone suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career and her family. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life.
38. Laundry Love by Patric Richardson and Karin B. Miller.
We close our list of new novels and non-fiction books in March 2021 with a nod to the start of a new season. In Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore we can find inspiration to get started with our spring cleaning. After years of running Laundry Camp at the Mall of America for thousands of eager learners, Richardson is sharing his tips, tricks, and hacks.
the most-anticipated new novels and non-fiction books March 2021
Those are our picks for the best and most-anticipated new book releases coming in March 2021. So many options to answer the pressing matter of what to read in March 2021! What’s at the top of your list? Whatever you decide, stay safe and strong, dear reader.
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