Looking Ahead: March Books & Happenings

In like a lion, out like a lamb, right? I'm ready for the lamb part, personally. I love winter until about mid-February, and then I am Over. It. (But I digress.)

With March comes a slew of new and exciting books I can't wait to put my paws on:

What is Yours is Not Yours, by Helen Oyeyemi: A new collection of short stories that is as strange as it is wonderful. I've already read this one, and it is weird and perfect.

Running: A Love Story, by Jen Miller: Running + books? What more could a girl ask for?

Half a Lifelong Romance, by Eileen Chang: From the publisher: "From one of the most celebrated writers in modern Chinese literature: a glamorous, tragic tale of thwarted love, set against the glittering backdrop of 1930s Shanghai." I know little about the author and less about the period and place, which only has me all the more curious.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond: This book is so grippingly good. Infuriating, but excellent. Desmond embedded himself in the communities about which he writes, and this hands-on, long-term approach to research pays off in his exploration of low-income housing and its role in the cyclical nature of poverty.

The Rope, by Kanan Makiya: A novel of the Iraq war, as told through the perspective of a Shi'ite militiaman. This sounds heavy, but I love that it tackles a well-worn subject in literature from a fresh point of view.

The Year of the Runaways, by Sunjeev Sahota: I'm about halfway through this novel, and completely sucked in. Sahota weaves together the lives of four Indians who have traveled to England in unexpected and heartbreaking ways.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, by Monique Morris: I think I first saw this mentioned on Shannon's blog, and the subtitle and subject immediately caught my attention.

Jane Steele, by Lyndsay Faye: I've loved everything else Faye has written, so there was no way I was passing up her newest novel--a serial killer twist on the classic Jane Eyre story. Plus, that cover!

Spill Simmer Falter Wither, by Sara Baume: First, that title. Second, "a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog." Third, Nathan Dunbar said so.

Shelter, by Jung Yun: A debut novel that the publisher calls a novel of "family, aspirations, and the violence we do to each."


What are you looking forward to this month? Any of these you're adding to your list?


Oh, and did you see? Julianne at Outlandish Lit is running a Month-long Weirdathon this March... it's not too late to sign up!

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