Despite one groundhog's predictions for an extended winter, we're doing our best to make spring weather a reality. So even though it's still a tad nippy outside, we've decided to start checking things off our springtime bucket list a little early, and we're starting by sipping delicious beverages on all the chic new patios
opening up in our area. That's right, our weekend plans involve tossing on a gorgeous pair of sunglasses
, ordering ourselves a refreshing iced coffee, and binge-reading an engaging new book. So to help out our fellow patio readers, here are 11 brand new adult books coming out in March that are begging
to be read outdoors. Now let's get reading!
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao ($26):
After her mother tragically dies, young and ambitious Poornima is tasked with caring for her siblings in their small impoverished Indian village — at least until her father can find her a suitable arranged marriage. When Poornima's father hires Savitha to work one of their sari looms, the two girls form a once-in-a-lifetime friendship and Poornima draws strength from her new friend's joyful and independent spirit. But now that a cruel act has driven Savitha away, Poornima makes a decision to risk everything she's ever known to find her friend. Tackling issues like domestic abuse, human trafficking, and immigration, Shobha Rao's passionately feminist novel is a must-read this March.
The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman ($27):
After falling in love with The Imperfectionists
, we're so excited that Tom Rachman is shining in the literary world once again with his new novel detailing one man's identity struggle within the shadow of greatness. Even after his father abandoned his family, Pinch sees his father as a genius painter worth worshipping. As Pinch attempts various ploys to win his father's attention and live up to the Bavinsky name, he eventually quits his pursuits and settles down as an Italian teacher in London. That is until his father dies, and loyal Pinch hatches an unlikely scheme to secure his father's legacy once and for all.
Gun Love by Jennifer Clement ($25):
Pearl's mother, just weeks after Pearl was born, drove to central Florida to begin a new life in the parking lot next to a trailer park. Despite having to grow up in the front seat of their '94 Mercury, Pearl made friends and created a lasting connection with her mother. But Pastor Rex's "Guns for God" program brings Eli Redmond to town, and Pearl's mother gets lost in a brand new life. Jennifer Clement's harrowing novel is a story of growing up in contemporary America, an astonishing look at America's love affair with firearms, and a beautiful tale of one resilient teenager.
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano ($24):
Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily on her 60th birthday with the intention of pursuing good wine and a seaside view. But Sicily isn't quite what she expected it to be. Once her handsome young handyman goes missing and is discovered murdered, there's an investigation, false leads, and a rooftop showdown all unfolding under amateur sleuth Auntie Poldi's nose.
Broad Band by Claire L. Evans ($27):
When we think of how legendary innovations in modern technology began, we usually think of a gaggle of teenage boys huddled together in a dingy garage. Claire L. Evans' newest breakthrough book smashes this stereotype by detailing the many ways in which female visionaries have shaped technology, innovations, and the internet. From Ava Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program in the Victorian Age, to the cyberpunk web designers of the '90s, this outstanding new book is perfect for anyone who loved Hidden Figures
Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers ($27):
Zhuang Liehong was a revolutionary in his Southern Chinese village. Using the alias Patriot Number One, he organized a series of pro-democracy protests in hopes of sparking real change within his community. But when he begins to sense an impending crackdown, Zhuang makes the courageous decision to move him and his wife to America and leave their infant son at home with relatives. Following this brave family as they strive to survive in a foreign world, Hilgers' newest novel is an unforgettable tale that's not to be missed.
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova ($26):
Audiences from around the world swooned over Richard's piano concerts — that was until he was diagnosed with ALS. Today his entire right arm is paralyzed and his left arm isn't far behind, forcing Richard to move in with his ex-wife and reluctant caretaker. In this stunning novel of regret, forgiveness, and redemption, Genova offers readers a touching discussion on what it truly means to live and love.
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea ($27):
In his long-awaited new novel, Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea paints a stunning portrayal of a Mexican-American family pursuing the American dream. Patriarch of the family, Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, summons his entire family for one last birthday party as he faces the final days of his life. Celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his recently departed mother, Urrea highlights the power and hardships of being a first-generation immigrant, the importance of heritage, and the true test of family loyalty.
Whiskey and Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith ($27):
Classically trained ballerina Evi was nine months pregnant when her husband was killed in the line of duty. Struggling to cope with the tragedy while raising a newborn, her husband's adopted bother Dalton moves in to help raise their son. Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith's debut novel is a lyrical story about motherhood, brotherhood, and healing.
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst ($29):
It's the year 1940 and David Sparsholt has arrived at Oxford with his mind made up to join the Royal Air Force. It's here that David meets Evert Dax, a young man with a very different background, and the two form a dramatic relationship with an affair at the helm. Separated into five parts spanning three decades, this novel is a challenging read that's perfect for the gal who's looking to get lost in literature.
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport ($28):
Billionaire entrepreneurs Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Paul Allen are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four men, Christian Davenport's latest book is an amazing tale of the birth of a new Space Age. Fueled by rivalries and passion, this book is a must-read for anyone curious about the next innovations in space travel and exploration.
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