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35 Best New Novels and Non-Fiction Books to Buy in March 2022

best new new novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in March 2022

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 2022. So what are the best new new novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in March 2022? Our intrepid team has been exploring and here’s what we found: 35 new book releases coming soon that we cannot wait to read.

what are the most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases for March 2022?

Wondering what to read in March 2022? We’ve surveyed the landscape, and rounded up a list of the best new books coming this March.

best new new novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in March 2022

The best new new novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in March 2022.

It’s Women’s History Month, and as always there are a number of important new non-fiction books about the contributions, achievements and challenges of women in the U.S and abroad. And in general, there are just a LOT of great new reads coming in this month.

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There’s a lot going on the world of fiction this month, including new novels and poetry collections from acclaimed authors including NoViolet Bulawayo, Sarah Moss, Karen Jay Fowler, Colm Tóibín, Claire-Louise Bennett and Pankaj Mishra. The buzzy debuts include new novels from Lee Cole, Maggie Smith  and Eloghosa Osunde.

best new new novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in March 2022

The best new new novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in March 2022.

new memoirs, essay collections and other non-fiction books March 2022

The new non-fiction releases in March 2022 include essay collections from Margaret Atwood and Elena Ferrante. Memoirs from Frank Bruni, Amy Bloom and Maude Newton. Two new non-fiction books about women, money and pay equity. And a work from former Poet Laureate Elizabeth Alexander to mark the anniversary of 10 years since the murder of Trayvon Martin.

the best new novels and non-fiction books coming in March 2022

Here’s our pick of the top new book releases of March 2022 – novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction – that we cannot wait to read. Pre-order your favorites now!

The best most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases, with rave reviews, to read among the books coming out in March 2022.

The best most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases, with rave reviews, to read among the books coming out in March 2022. Courtesy Photos.

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1. Groundskeeping by Lee Cole.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

The debut novel Groundskeeping is one of the most anticipated new novels of March 2022. Set in 2016 (notable year, that). It follows Owen, a 20-something ex-forester living with his grandfather and uncle in Kentucky. He trims trees for a state university in order to take advantage of free creative writing classes. There, he meets Alma, a writer in residence. While both are writers, they’re different in almost every other way, including class and political persuasion. Fans of Andrew Martin’s Early Work (among whom we count ourselves) are likely to love this.

BUY NOW: $25.20

2. Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett.

 

The author of the critically-acclaimed Pond returns with Checkout 19, a new novel about an unnamed young girl growing up in a working-class community in England. As she grows, everything and everyone she encounters become fuel for her burgeoning talent as a writer. It’s a testament to the power of imagination and the insatiable curiosity of the best authors.

BUY NOW: $24.30.

3. Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

In the full-length poetry collection Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head, the Somali British poet introduces us to a young girl who, in the absence of a nurturing guide, makes her own stumbling way towards womanhood. It’s said to be inspired by her own life, with a twist of serious pop culture influence.

BUY NOW: $14.49.

4. The Fell by Sarah Moss.

 

In The Fell, the lastest novel from the author of Ghost Wall and Summerwater, a woman is confined to her house for a mandatory quarantine. Sound familiar? Bored, she sneaks out for a walk. But as the title implies, she slips and falls. And now, there she lies: injured, vulnerable, at the mercy of those around her. As so many struck by COVID-19 have been in these past three pandemic years.

BUY NOW: $25.00.

5. Run and Hide by Pankaj Mishra.

 

Run and Hide is one of the most anticipated new books of March 2022, in no small measure because of the time lag since the author has written a new work of fiction. This is the long-awaited follow-up to the author’s 1999 debut novel, The Romantics. Set in India’s backwaters, its the story of three friends who rise from humble origins and gain admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). After graduation, two join the legions of tech bros and become as arrogant, ruthless and money-obsessed as their peers. The narrator, Arun, rejects that path to become a writer. And later in his life, a horrified witness to the excesses of the elite during India’s ascent to financial world power.

BUY NOW: $24.30.

6. One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

Following the release of her bestselling book In Five Years, the author returns with another time-defying and wistful plotline in One Italian Summer. When Katy’s mother dies before their special mother-daughter trip to Positano, she’s forced to make the trip alone. Once she arrives, she finds her mom there – as a 30-year-old.

BUY NOW: $18.90.

7. Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004-2021 by Margaret Atwood.

 

In Burning Questions, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments offers her unique take on everything from debt and the power of big tech to the climate crisis and freedom. She ponders burning questions like: What do zombies have to do with authoritarianism? There is also a meditation on the vital importance of properly defining what constitutes “granola.”

BUY NOW: $24.99.

8. The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found by Frank Bruni.

 

In the memoir The Beauty of Dusk – written by one of our favorite columnists for The New York Times – we learn more about the story of how one morning the author awakened to find his vision blurry and was soon diagnosed with a condition that left him blind in one eye. He has continued to write brilliant commentaries, and in this book he shares stories from people who have learned new skills to compensate for a hardship. Like so many of his essays, this is deeply human and beautifully written.

BUY NOW: $24.99.

9. Never Simple: A Memoir by Liz Scheier.

 

In Never Simple, we hear the story of Scheier and her mother, Judith, living in Manhattan in the 1990’s. A single mother in the grip of mental illness, Judith could be alternately charming and abusive. In either state, her hold on reality was shaky. At the age of 18, Scheier learns in dramatic fashion that the man she thought was her father is fictitious, while in real life her mother has been married to a man Scheier has never even met. Imagine Thanksgiving dinner that year . . .

BUY NOW: $24.29.

10. The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

A silent epidemic of chronic illnesses afflicts tens of millions of Americans, and The Invisible Kingdom tries help us all see and feel the impact of this. It’s a thorough investigation into an elusive category of “invisible” illnesses, including autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and even long COVID.

BUY NOW: $28.

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March 8, 2022

11. The Last Suspicious Holdout: Stories by Ladee Hubbard.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

From the author of The Rib King come 12 interlocking stories the comprise her new work, The Last Suspicious Holdout. This splendid collection portrays a middle class Black community from 1992 to 2007. The short stories span eventful decades in the life of the country and for African-Americans: from the beginning of the Clinton presidency to the eve of Barack Obama’s election.

BUY NOW: $24.99.

12. Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo.

 

Bulawayo’s Booker Prize–shortlisted debut, We Need New Names, was an unforgettable read. Now she returns with Glory, a new novel that is a horse of a very different stripe. In a nation populated by intelligent animals, Old Horse, a charismatic, ruthless leader, has been deposed. A chorus of animals narrate what happens next as various factions vie for leadership and others attempt to place the country on a more sustainable path. Based loosely on the events following former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s 2017 fall from power, our guide is a goat named Destiny.

BUY NOW: $25.

13. Booth by Karen Jay Fowler.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

The Man Booker finalist and bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves returns with a new novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. Infamous as Abraham Lincoln’s killer, in Booth we learn about the murderer’s family from the perspectives of some of his nine siblings. Spoiler alert: it turns out that the rest of the Booths were liberal, vegetarian – and antislavery abolitionists.

BUY NOW: $23.99.

14. Truth and Other Lies by Maggie Smith.

 

Maggie Smith’s debut novel Truth and Other Lies has been described as “The Devil Wears Prada meets All the President’s Men.” Say no more. We’re in! It’s about a young former reporter who clashes with her politically conservative mother – who’s running for Congress. After the daughter lands the opportunity to work for an iconic journalist who works in PR, a scandal threatens her work, family, and relationships. Hmmm. . . sounds like a situation that just can’t end well.

BUY NOW: $18.99.

15. In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

In the memoir In Love, the best-selling novelist tells the true story of what happened when her beloved husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He decides that he would rather take charge of his end than let it happen to him. Together, they go to Dignitas, an organization based in Switzerland that empowers a person to end their own life with dignity.

BUY NOW: $24.30.

16. Girls Can Kiss Now: Essays by Jill Gutowitz.

 

Through a hilarious collection of essays, in Girls Can Kiss Now the author explores how pop culture has shaped society’s perception of lesbianism. How it’s impacted her own life. And, ultimately, what we can expect from “a queer future.”

BUY NOW: $17.00.

17. Special Characters: My Adventures with Tech’s Titans and Misfits by Laurie Segall.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

 

Special Characters pulls back the curtain on the early days of the Silicon Valley, showing us today’s “tech overlord” CEOs as they were when they were young entrepreneurs. Over the course of a decade, the author – a former CNN Senior Tech Correspondent – became one of the first reporters to give airtime to many tech company founders who were unknown names at the time. Including Mark Zuckerberg,  Jack Dorsey and Travis Kalanick. Her career prospers as they rise—and this becomes both a personal memoir and an insider’s take on the rise of the moguls of tech.

BUY NOW: $27.99.

18. Dessert Can Save the World: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes for a Stubbornly Joyful Existence by Christina Tosi.

 

In Dessert Can Save the World, the James Beard Award–winning founder of Milk Bar and host of Bake Squad shares her personal stories and advice. On igniting passion, following your joy and creating a satisfying life. She makes the case that “the spirit of dessert—the relentless, unflinching commitment to finding or creating joy even when joy feels hard to come by—is what can save us.”

BUY NOW: $23.49.

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19. Mecca: A Novel by Susan Straight.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

The author of Mecca – a National Book Award finalist – has penned a new novel tracing the intertwined lives of native Californians as they fight for survival, dominance and prosperity.

BUY NOW: $28.

20. A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch.

 

In the debut novel A Novel Obsession, an aspiring novelist finds herself stalking—and writing about—her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. Naomi is desperate to write a novel, but struggles to find a story to tell. When she meets Caleb, she thinks she’s finally stumbled onto a time-honored subject: love. Then Caleb’s ex-girlfriend, Rosemary, shows up.

BUY NOW: $15.99.

21. Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde.

 

In Nigeria, “vagabonds” are collequially known as those who are outlawed because of their very existence. Including the queer, the poor, and rogue or unwelcome spirits. In the debut novel Vagabonds!, those on the margins — sex workers, a lesbian couple, those who converse with dark spirits — inhabit a space where they find not just a home and a welcoming community, but triumph over a judicial system designed to break them.

BUY NOW: $28.

22. When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

The debut novel When We Were Birds is a love story set on the island of Trinidad. Yejide’s complicated relationship with her dying mother leaves her searching for a way out. Darwin, who has never been to a funeral or even seen a dead body, works as a grave digger to provide for himself and his mother. When they meet at a cemetery, their spellbinding connection and quest for love serves as a way to heal them both.

BUY NOW: $21.99.

23. Things Past Telling by Sheila Williams.

 

Things Past Telling is inspired by the true story of a 112-year-old woman the author discovered in an 1870 U.S. Federal census report for Ohio. It’s also loosely based on the author’s real-life female ancestors. Ove the course of more than a hundred years, across multiple continents, we follow the eventful, arduous and ultimately inspiring journey of Maryam Prescilla Grace—a.k.a “Momma Grace.”

BUY NOW: $25.99.

24. Vinegar Hill: Poems by Colm Tóibín.

 

Well-known as the author of Brooklyn, The Magician and many other novels, in Vinegar Hill the Irish writer turns to poetry. He explores politics and love, shares reflections on literary and artistic greats, and recounts what it felt like living through COVID. Finally, there are also works about facing mortality.

BUY NOW: $22.95.

25. In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing by Elena Ferrante.

 

It’s no surprise that this is one of the most anticipated new books of March 2022. Elena Ferrante fans were thrilled to learn that the acclaimed Italian novelist is publishing four new essays this month that provide a deep dive into her process as a reader and a writer. In the Margins reveals her influences, her struggles, and her formation as both a reader and a writer. She describes the perils of “bad language” and suggests ways in which it has long been used as a way to exclude women from the heights of literary achievement. We hear her thoughts on Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein and Ingeborg Bachmann among many others – and her case is so compelling that its almost certain that you’ll be reaching for their work next.

BUY NOW: $20.00.

26. Dress Code: Unlocking Fashion From the New Look to Millennial Pink by Véronique Hyland.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

 

This new essay collection challenges a number of standards and practices within the fashion industry—from dressing like a Frenchwoman as the epitome of style to what female politicians should wear. We get a Master Class in the history and historic importance of fashion, including why we wear what we wear, and why it matters, from from Elle Magazine’s fashion features director.

BUY NOW: $16.99.

27. Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work (And Why It’s Different Than You Think) by Reshma Saujani.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

In Pay Up, the founder of Girls Who Code shares four key steps for creating lasting change: empower working women, educate corporate leaders, change our narratives on what it means to be successful, and advocate for policy reform.

BUY NOW: $27.

28. Women Talk Money: Breaking the Taboo edited by Rebecca Walker.

 

 

Women Talk Money, an anthology of essays, is edited by prominent feminist and writer Rebecca Walker. Each entry explores a facet of how money can impact women’s lives, from the power structures of their relationships to the kind of health care they can expect to receive (or lack thereof).

BUY NOW: $26.99.

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29. Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou.

 

In the debut novel Disorientation, Taiwanese American PhD student Ingrid has hit a wall in her research on the late poet Xiao-Wen Chou. Then she comes across a note in the archives that suggests he may not have been who he seemed. Before she knows it, she’s blown open a scandal that threatens her relationship with her fiancé, her best friend and her academic department. Ultimately, she’ll have to “confront her sticky relationship to white men and white institutions—and, most of all, herself.”

BUY NOW: $28.

30. The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander.

 

The Trayvon Generation, one of the most anticipated books of March 2022, grew out of an essay that Alexander originally wrote for The New Yorker. In it, she both observed and illuminated the experiences, attitudes, and cultural expressions of what she referred to as “the Trayvon Generation.” The kids who – even as children – could not be shielded from the brutality that has affected the lives of so many Black people in America. Her words are interwoven with art from some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, and this results in a deeply moving read that is urgently needed today.

BUY NOW: $22.

31. Overdue: Reckoning with the Public Library by Amanda Oliver.

 

Based on firsthand experiences from six years of professional work as a librarian in high-poverty neighborhoods of Washington, DC, as well as interviews and research, Overdue is a plea that we collectively address this pressing issue: Who are libraries for, how have they evolved, and why do they fill so many roles in our society today?

BUY NOW: $28.99.

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32. How Strange a Season by Megan Mayhew Bergman.

 

The short story collection How Strange a Season traces the paths of its mostly female narrators as they grapple with both the natual and emotional environment; issues of control; and the tiny details of what makes us human. For instance, a recently-separated woman fills a terrarium with endangered flowers to establish a small world only she can control. A competitive swimmer negotiates over which days she will fulfill her wifely duties, and which days she will keep for herself. And a peach farmer wonders if her orchard will survive a drought.

BUY NOW: $25.49.

33. A House Between Earth and the Moon by Rebecca Scherm.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

A House Between Earth and the Moon is a novel with a plot that is dangerously close to what may soon be reality. In it, due to climate change, a pair of rich heirs decide to fund an expedition of 6 scientists to a  lab in outer space. It’s on Parallaxis, the first-ever luxury residential space station built for billionaires. Their mission? To try to save a select few from global warming by making it possible to live in outer space.

BUY NOW: $27.00.

34. Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and a Reconciliation by Maud Newton.

 

best new novels, poetry and essay collections and non-fiction books in March 2022

Who are our ancestors to us, and what can they tell us about ourselves? In the memoir Ancestor Trouble, the author attempts to answer these pressing questions “about family and falsehoods.” She had a grandfather who was shot by one of his 13 wives. And a female ancestor who was accused of being a witch in puritanical New England. And also many more with colorful life stories. But a closer look at her family tree prompted Newton to reckon with darker secrets, too, like her family’s role in slavery and native genocide.

BUY NOW: $26.99

35. The Worth of Water: Our Story of Chasing Solutions to the World’s Greatest Challenge by Gary White and Matt Damon.

 

We end our list of the most anticipated new books of March 2022 with an inspiring story about collective problem-solving. In The Worth of Water, the two authors share the story of their organization, Water.org, and the plight of millions around the world without access to potable water or clean sanitation. The book details the stories of  working with partners across East Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia to help over 40 million people access clean water and healthy sanitation.

BUY NOW: $24.99.

most anticipated new novels and non-fiction books coming in March 2022

That’s our take on the best most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases with rave reviews to read among the books coming out in March 2022. What’s at the top of your list this month, dear reader?

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Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. A Detroit native, she has 3 Harvard degrees and has written 3 mystery novels published by Simon & Schuster. After serving as a senior corporate executive, CEO of CNBC and partner at McKinsey, she now serves on the boards of several tech companies. She loves fashion, Paris, New York, books, contemporary art, running, skiing, coffee, Corgis and cats.

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