March is a big month for new fiction releases. Some local favorites hitting the stacks later this March include the new mystery by C.J. Box set in Wyoming, Breaking Point, and a new Harlen Coben, Six Years (both will be released in the next two weeks.) Also upcoming are books by Jane Green, Ruth Ozeki, Jonathan Dee, and Sun Valley Writers’ Conference speaker Austin Ratner.
But there’s no need to wait–we’ve just received 4 boxes of hot new reads that will hit the shelves this week. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Erin Hart launches an archaeology mystery set in Ireland, The Book of Killowen. Or, if you have a yen for Italian, the new Inspector Montalbano book, Dance of the Seagull by Andrea Camilleri is out.
Among the new spring crop of writers, Andrea Hirata caught my interest with the first American release of the Indonesian bestseller The Rainbow Troops about a small school in constant threat of closure. I’ve added it to my “To Read” list. Award-winning Turkish writer Elif Shafak has released Honor, about the challenges of a Kurdish immigrant family in London in the ’70s.
New nonfiction books include the story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s 1889 race around the world, Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman. The story delves into both the technological challenges of beating the fictional record of Jules Verne’s hero Phileas Fogg, but also the Victorian era constraints facing women traveling the world alone.
If your interest in the War of the Roses has been rekindled by the recent discovery of Richard III’s remains, try Blood Sisters by Sarah Gristwood, recounting the sagas of the women behind the clash of the Yorkists and Lancastrians. John Thavis has released The Vatican Diaries at a very interesting juncture in the Catholic Church. And Dan Baum describes the travels of a liberal Democrat from Boulder (by way of Jersey) through American gun culture in Gun Guys, A Road Trip.
Those with an interest in geology, tectonism and vulcanism may want to survey two new popular science books (and may want to revisit their emergency preparations in their wake.) The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano that Darkened the World by William and Nicholas Klingaman follows the global aftermath of the eruption of Mount Tambora and how it affected even politics, art and religion. The Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala is a much more personal and immediate and terrifying account of the devastating tsunami of 2004 in Sri Lanka.
Our Donation of the month–The Americans are Coming by award-winning Canadian author Herb Curtis, sometimes compared to Garrison Keillor, but all original. Come check it out, eh?