March 2018 New Releases

March Adult Picks (1)

Are looking for the scoop on some interesting new releases for March 2018? Then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve chosen ten titles that have caught me eye, ranging from nonfiction to short stories to historical fiction.

unconditionalUnconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today by Jane Isay (out March 6th)
A meditation on the joys of grandparenthood shares practical suggestions for making the most of a grandparent-grandchild relationship, building trust, knowing when and when not to get involved, and managing long-distance challenges.

witchThe Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (out March 6th)
This is the sequel to Lovelace’s hit poetry collection The Princess Saves Herself in This One. It continues to draw parallels between fairy tale characters and the lives of everyday women, this time focusing on witches (I got to read this early and thought it was even better than the first).

kevinThe Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle with Mental Illness by Mary Pilon (out March 6th)
This is the incredible story of Olympic sailor Kevin Hall, and the psychiatric syndrome that makes him believe he stars in a television show of his life. Meet Kevin Hall, brother, son, husband, father, and Olympic and America’s Cup sailor. Kevin has an Ivy League degree, a winning smile, and throughout his adult life, he has been engaged in an ongoing battle with a person that doesn’t exist to anyone but him: the Director. Kevin suffers from what doctors are beginning to call the “Truman Show” delusion, a form of psychosis named for the 1998 movie, where the main character is trapped as the star of a reality TV show.

agathaAgatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (out March 6th)
Agatha Christie is as mysterious as the stories she penned, and writing about her is a detection job in itself. With unprecedented access to all of Christie’s letters, papers, and notebooks, as well as fresh and insightful interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie’s detective fiction, but the truth behind this mysterious woman.

merryThe Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg (out March 13th)
From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” series, “The Merry Spinster” takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and her best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. Bed time will never be the same.

hotHot Mess by Emily Belden (out March 20th)
Twentysomething Allie Simon is used to playing by the rules—until Chicago’s most sought-after, up-and-coming culinary genius, Benji Zane, walks into her world and pulls her into his. Benji is an addict, but Allie tells herself that loving him means supporting him no matter what, and invests in his plans to open a new restaurant. Then one day Benji disappears, relapsing to a place where Allie can’t reach him. Left with nothing but a massive withdrawal slip and a restaurant that absolutely must open in a matter of weeks, Allie finds herself thrust into a world of luxury and greed, cutthroat business and sensory delight. Lost in the mess of it all, she can either crumble completely or fight like hell for the life she wants and the love she deserves.

your homeYour Home, Your Style: How to Find Your Look and Create Rooms You Love by Donna Garlough (out March 20th)
The first book from the style director for the popular home decor site Joss & Main is a lively, chic road map to finding and implementing your style at home. It is not just a guide to decorating, but a guide to understanding your style strengths, identifying and overcoming your design weaknesses, and figuring out how to put the furniture, decor, and details you love into your home in a way that works for you.

askAsk a North Korean: Defectors Talk About Their Lives Inside the World’s Most Secretive Nation by Daniel Tudor (out March 20th)
The weekly column Ask A North Korean, published by NK News, invites readers from around the world to pose questions to North Korean defectors. By way of these fascinating interviews, the North Koreans themselves provide authentic first-hand testimonies about what is happening inside the “Hermit Kingdom.”

oddOdd Girl Out: My Extraordinary Autistic Life by Laura James (out March 27th)
From childhood, Laura James knew she was different. She struggled to cope in a world that often made no sense to her, as though her brain had its own operating system. It wasn’t until she reached her forties that she found out why: Suddenly and surprisingly, she was diagnosed with autism. Married with four children, and a successful journalist, Laura charts a year in her life, from diagnosis to acceptance. She examines not only her own autism, but also how it has impacted on those around her. How it has shaped her career, her approach to motherhood, and her attempts to find a way to make relationships work. She also looks at the unique benefits neurodiversity can bring, and with disarming humour reveals how she finally found a way to just be.

i wasI Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon (out March 27th)
In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson’s 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess, a beloved daughter and revered icon, or is she an imposter, the thief of another woman’s legacy? Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.