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9 New Books to Read in March

Looking for something new to read this month? Look no further than these nine new novels set for release throughout the coming weeks!

1. The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz 

Inspired by Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress, this novel tells the story of how this special dress plays a role in the lives of different women. From an orphan who created the dress itself in 1958, all the way to a powerful CEO in 2020 who plans to wear the garment for her upcoming wedding, this dress has touched the lives of many different women over the years. The Grace Kelly Dress is set to be released on March 3.


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2. Separation anxiety by laura zigman

After finding her son’s old baby sling in the basement one day, Judy decides to put her dog into it. Amid a stale career, sick best friend, and a loveless marriage, Judy finds comfort in wearing her dog across her chest. Separation Anxiety is Laura Zigman’s anticipated return to fiction and this hilarious, moving novel is well worth the wait. Separation Anxiety is out March 3. 


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3. Anna K: A Love Story by jenny lee

A modern re-telling of the classic Anna Karenina, Anna K follows the story of seventeen-year old New York socialite, Anna. However, after she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky, her whole life is changed. Anna K: A Love Story is out March 3.


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4. Woman on the edge by samantha bailey

Already a bestseller in Canada, Samantha Bailey’s thrilling debut novel tells the story of a subway suicide, an abandoned baby, and the consequential murder investigation that ensues. The story follows Morgan Kincaid as she tries to understand this freak incident and the investigation of her as a suspect for murder. Woman on the Edge is out in the U.S. on March 3.


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5. A phoenix first must burn edited by Patrice caldwell

Dubbed the Lemonade for a teen audience, A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope is a collection of stories centered around black women and gender nonconforming individuals. This collection of stories features many different genres, including fantasy, science fiction, and folklore and features popular authors Elizabeth Acevedo and Ibi Zoboi. This YA collection is for everyone, not just teens! It releases on March 10. 


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6. Untamed by glennon doyle 

From Glennon Doyle, Untamed is a story about how to be your best, untamed self. It candidly follows Doyle as she falls in love with a woman while on tour for her bestselling memoir, which is centered around repairing her marriage. Through her personal stories, Doyle teaches us how we can go back to the person we once were. Set for release March 10.


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7. the mountains sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s debut novel, The Mountains Sing, follows the Trần family through four generations. Throughout the story, readers see the toll history takes on the family as they do what is needed in order to survive. This novel is out March 17.


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8. wow, no thank you: Essays by samantha irby

Fans of Samantha Irby’s memoirs, essays, or blog will love her newest essay collection titled, Wow, No Thank You. This essay collection is a hilarious, no-holding-back, look at life that will have you laughing out loud and shaking your head in agreement. Pick up this book when life has you saying, “Wow, no thank you!” Set for release on March 31.


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9. it’s not all downhill from here by terry mcmillian

From New York Times best selling author Terry McMillian, It’s Not All Downhill from Here tells the story of sixty-eight year old Loretha Curry. Loretha has a great life with a successful store, loving husband, and wonderful group of friends. But when an unexpected tragedy rocks her world, she has to determine if life really is downhill from there. This novel is out March 31.


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You’ll Love This Informal Biography of George Washington

There is a new book, written by Alexis Coe, that is defying the rules of what makes up a normal biography.  Her new book, You Never Forget Your First, was released today and starts off with several listicles about the first United States President, then moves on to more traditional composition.


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Coe’s book has some infographics scattered throughout her book, and she states in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, “I make these lists for myself, and it’s sort of like being in the archives.  I wish readers could see everything, and they don’t get to.  This is an offering from me to the reader, telling them, “You know how to read this book.  You have everything you need to feel as though you’re an expert.”


The infographics in her biography of George Washington are really engaging, to the point where I myself got caught reading the sample of her new book.  The facts serve to make the book a little more fun for the reader (history books can usually be dry).  Coe talks more about this: “I want this book to be a sort of equalizer and to be fun. History is fun, even when it’s a difficult subject matter.”



Coe mentions that her book is seen as a little disrespectful for George Washington due to its style, but she of course has an answer for that.  In the interview, she says how George Washington’s actions clearly show his power and masculinity, and that many authors who write about his life tend to overwrite about this.  “I don’t feel a need to protect Washington,” Coe states, “he doesn’t need me to come to his defense… He’s everywhere.  He’s just fine.”

Coe also says that her biography of George Washington serves to change the way people write about him.  She wants authors to feel a little more freedom when writing about him, and she hopes her book can inspire others to follow in her footsteps.


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The book itself follows an informal style that separates it from other biographical books.  This alone makes me more eager to read a book like Alexis Coe’s.  If you’re interested, do check out the sample linked above, and consider getting a copy of the book!



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2020: Books To Look Out For

With all that is going on in the world today, it is always nice to have a space for total relaxation. I find that it always best to relax with a new novel. Leaving time for a cup of coffee and no distractions. These five new novels do just that. Empty some space on your bookshelves and fill them with these new thrillers.



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Sofia, Bulgaria, not to get confused with Sofia Vergara, is a landlocked city in Southern Europe. Soviet buildings are in shambles, leaving political protesters to flood the streets in song. In this turmoil, an American teacher “navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love.” Preparing to leave his home, the teacher finds that he is unable to get away from the intimate encounters that he has made while abroad. Each reveals insights about what it means to seek connection.



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It has been 10 years since Thomas Argyle, Charlie Cooper and Livia Naylor set off a revolution that released Smoke on the world. They were all raised to think that Smoke was a sign of sin, but later learned that it was a means to control society. Smoke gave people the ability to dive into their emotions and connect. The trio believed that if they freed the Smoke, it would break down the control, creating a fair and open society. However, they were not prepared for the consequences that would fracture the world.


My Dark Vanessa

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Vanessa Wye, a naïve teenager, becomes involved in an affair with her manipulative teacher Jacob Strane. With Strane being forty-two and Vanessa fifteen, things get out of hand when Vanessa hears from a former student of Strane’s warning him of his sexual abuse. Vanessa is faced with a dilemma: believe the girl and report him or redefine herself. But how can she leave her first love behind after he transformed her into who she is now? Is it possible that there is more to him than the loveable man she knows?



Death in Her Hands

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An elderly widow’s life is turned upside down when she finds a cryptic note while on a walk in the woods. After having moved from her longtime home with the death of her husband, she finds herself obsessed with the note, trying to figure out who is the woman that was killed and how she ended up this way. Knowing only a few people, it becomes easy for her to get caught up in the thrill of the chase. Diving headfirst into the mystery, she is faced with the past of her late husband and further explanation that she wasn’t ready for.


The Book of V: A Novel

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Lily is a mother, daughter, and a second wife. Stuck between her life as a writer and a mother, she finds it hard to grabble with her sexual desires. Vivian Barr is portrayed as the perfect political wife, who has dedicated her life to her husband’s success. Barr’s husband demands a humiliating favor, but she does not comply forcing her life to completely change. Esther is an independent woman in Persia who lived in her uncle’s tribe outside of the palace walls. Making a terrible decision has forced her to be offered up as a sacrifice to the king, in hopes to save them all.


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New Books to Read Under Your Desk

So, we’re back to school. Some of us, anyway. Regardless of when you go back, you’re going to need something to read under your desk when you’re supposed to be learning. Here are some new releases to get excited about.


Scavenge the Stars 

Release: January 7th

Amaya has been imprisoned on a debtor’s ship for years. When she saves a drowning stranger, she thinks it will lead only to longer internment. The man she saved, though, has the resources to help her, and offers her a new life. Surrounded even as she is by opulence, all she can think of is revenge against the man who ruined her and her family.


Woven in Moonlight 

Release: January 7th

Ximena is the decoy Condesa of an occupied land. Sold into marriage to protect the last blood countess, she must find the ghost summoning relic that conquered her land and smuggle it to the resistance. But is another war what her people need, or should it be avoided, even if doing what’s best for her people means betraying everything else?



Release: January 21st

Diz is a thief of magic, a lucrative trade since it’s commodification following a devastating magical plague. But it’s harder to escape from the life than she and her friends anticipate, especially when the magical secrets they uncover keep getting stranger and more dangerous. What was the plague, and why was magic locked away as a resource for the powerful?


Seven Deadly Shadows 

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Release: January 28th

Kira could always see Youkai, and between this, bullies at school, and her parents’ indifference, her only refuge is her grandfather’s shrine. She loses even this when she learns the Demon King will rise to end the world, and all he needs is a relic from her shrine. For help in protecting the relic, she recruits seven death gods, but their motivations are suspect, and danger could come from any side.


Blood Countess 

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Release: January 28th

Historical fiction takes on the real life vampire Elizabeth Bathory. Alright, so that’s apocryphal, but she was one of the most prolific serial killers in history. A lowly maid, Anna, is catapulted into the countess’ inner circle, and thinks herself unimaginably lucky. That is, until she realizes that she’s in danger, and the countess’ everyday cruelty is just the preview to the torture and murder of girls like her.


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Be Inspired By Our Nonfiction Biography Picks!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are new biographies for you to dig into and be inspired! Dig in and enjoy!


5. ‘The Ride of a Lifetime’ by Bob Iger 


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The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger is a biography by the CEO of Disney, offering tips and life advice from Iger’s fifteen years of service to the company. When Bob Iger became CEO, the Disney company was a shallow parody of itself. But Bob Iger committed to the fixing the company with his new ideas. Ten years later, Disney is the most respected and powerful media entertainment corporation in the world. Sharing stories about Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney behind the scenes, this is a must read for Disney fans.


4. ‘Accidental president’ by A.J. Baime


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The Accidental President by A.J. Baime tells the biography of the man who didn’t sign up to be President but got the job anyway: Harry S. Truman. Selected as FDR’s fourth term Vice President, he was an ordinary man until FDR’s sudden and shocking death. This biography follows Harry S. Truman in the one-hundred-twenty days he was president, during which he was forced to preside over some of the toughest moments the nation ever faced: the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings in Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation in Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of imperial Japan, and finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. This is a fascinating look into the man who never was supposed to be President but became one of our strongest for the brief period he was in office.


3. ‘Madame Fourcade’s Secret War’ by Lynne Olson


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Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson is the true tale of a young woman who led a spy network against Hitler’s Nazi Germany. In 1941 a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization—the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group’s name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah’s Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, that, as a colleague of hers put it, “even a lion would hesitate to bite.” Now, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live side by side with their hated German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself.


2. ‘Every Man a Hero’ by Ray lambert 


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Every Man A Hero by Ray Lambert is the unforgettable story not only of what happened in the incredible and desperate hours on Omaha Beach, but of the bravery and courage that preceded them, throughout the Second World War—from the sands of Africa, through the treacherous mountain passes of Sicily, and beyond to the greatest military victory the world has ever known.


1. ‘Mind and Matter’ by John Urscel 


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Mind and Matter by John Urschel is a memoir by the former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, giving him the opportunity to tell his story. John Urschel developed an appetite for mathematics when he was young, devouring math contests, exams, and textbooks by the truckload. But when he reached his older years, football challenged him in a new way and he became thrilled by the physical contact of the sport. With his two loves competing for his attention, his football and love of math, he shares pivotal moments from his life to inspire others.



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