Our Most Anticipated Books of March 2024

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Parasol Against the Axe: A Novel By Helen Oyeyemi Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593192368
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2024

I fully believe Helen Oyeyemi's works will stand the test of time and sit along side the illustrious ranks of Borges, Kafka, Garcia Marquez, Nabokov, etc. In Parasol Against the Axe, Oyeyemi considers the lines between illusion and delusion, fact and interpretation, and weighs the risks of attaching too firmly to the stories of a place, or a person, or a shared history.


Change: A Novel By Édouard Louis, John Lambert (Translated by) Cover Image
By Édouard Louis, John Lambert (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374606800
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 5th, 2024

“I feel so lucky to be living and writing at the same time as Édouard Louis. Reading the urgent, unspooling prose of Change—Louis’s latest account of a motley life lived so far—fills me with admiration and inspiration, as well as renewed faith in writing itself, and the value of paying persistent, pellucid attention to our relations, desires, histories, and selves.”
—Maggie Nelson


The Great Divide: A Novel By Cristina Henriquez Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063291324
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Published: Ecco - March 5th, 2024

A powerful novel about the construction of the Panama Canal, casting light on the unsung people who lived, loved, and labored there. Searing and empathetic,The Great Divide explores the intersecting lives of activists, fishmongers, laborers, journalists, neighbors, doctors, and soothsayers—those rarely acknowledged by history even as they carved out its course.


Help Wanted: A Novel By Adelle Waldman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781324020448
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 5th, 2024

"Help Wanted is like a great nineteenth-century novel about now, at once an effervescent workplace comedy and a profoundly human exploration of the psychic toll exacted by the labor market. The characters are so richly drawn—so full, under all their defenses, of the desire to be loved—that even the annoying ones will win your heart. Adelle Waldman is a master."

— Elif Batuman


Island Rule: Stories By Katie M. Flynn Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982122201
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 5th, 2024

An angry mother turns into a literal monster. A company in San Francisco can scrub your entire reputation and create a new one…for a price. A failed actor on a reality show turns into an unlikely world savior. And much more. Through each of these twelve interconnected stories, Katie Flynn masterfully blends people, places, and even realities.


The Riddles of the Sphinx: Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle By Anna Shechtman Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063275478
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Published: HarperOne - March 5th, 2024

The indisputable “queen of crosswords,” Anna Shechtman published her first New York Times puzzle at age nineteen, and later, spearheaded the The New Yorker’s popular crossword section. In this fascinating work—part memoir, part cultural analysis—she excavates the hidden history of the crossword and the overlooked women who have been central to its creation and evolution, from the “Crossword Craze” of the 1920s to the role of digital technology today. As she tells the story of her own experience in the CrossWorld, she analyzes the roles assigned to women in American culture, the boxes they’ve been allowed to fill, and the ways that they’ve used puzzles to negotiate the constraints and play of desire under patriarchy.


The New York Game: Baseball and the Rise of a New City By Kevin Baker Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780375421839
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Published: Knopf - March 5th, 2024

From the first innings played in vacant lots and tavern yards in the 1820s; to the canny innovations that created the very first sports league; to the superb Hispanic and Black players who invented their own version of the game when white baseball sought to exclude them. And all amidst New York’s own, incredible evolution from a raw, riotous town to a new world city. The New York Game is a riveting, rollicking, brilliant ode to America’s beloved pastime and to its indomitable city of origin.


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Fury: A Novel By Clyo Mendoza, Christina MacSweeney (Translated by) Cover Image
By Clyo Mendoza, Christina MacSweeney (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781644213711
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Published: Seven Stories Press - March 12th, 2024

Hot. Blistering, Ceaseless. Thirsty. Funny how many of our ways of talking about love can apply to the desert... 

In this sorching debut novel from one of Mexico's most impressive contemporary writers, love and lust, hope and agony, blend into an erotic fever dream among the desert sands.


You Get What You Pay For: Essays By Morgan Parker Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525511441
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Published: One World - March 12th, 2024

Award-winning poet Morgan Parker turns her insightful gaze towards herself, and towards all of us, in this collection of essays exploring the difficulty and beauty of existing as a Black woman through American history, from the foundational trauma of the slave trade all the way up to Serena Williams and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Victim: A Novel By Andrew Boryga Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780385549974
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Published: Doubleday - March 12th, 2024

"Victim is going to hurt some people's feelings. But that's exactly what smart, insightful social satire is meant to do. Andrew Boryga's dazzling debut novel is the story of a hustler whose game is to benefit from the struggles of other people. He's an identity politics confidence man. And yet he's also someone you come to care about, and worry for, as the stakes of his hustle grow and grow. This is a fearless and ambitious debut."
 â€”Victor LaValle


Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong By Katie Gee Salisbury Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593183984
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Published: Dutton - March 12th, 2024

Set against the glittering backdrop of Los Angeles during the gin-soaked Jazz Age and the rise of Hollywood, this debut book celebrates Anna May Wong, the first Asian American movie star, to bring an unsung heroine to light and reclaim her place in cinema history. Filled with stories of capricious directors and admiring costars, glamorous parties and far-flung love affairs, Not Your China Doll showcases the vibrant, radical life of a groundbreaking artist.


The Unwritten Enlightenment: Literature between Ideology and the Unconscious By Nathan Gorelick Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780810146761
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Published: Northwestern University Press - March 15th, 2024

Nathan Gorelick’s The Unwritten Enlightenment: Literature between Ideology and the Unconscious traces the relations between literary criticism and psychoanalysis to their shared origins in the Enlightenment era’s novels and novelistic discourse, where the period’s efforts to invent new notions of subjectivity and individualism are most apparent.


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James: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385550369
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Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024

How lucky we are to live in the same timeline as Percival Everett. This latest novel is a masterpiece of literary reimagining. I hesitate to call James his magnum opus, purely because I don't think Everett is done amazing us yet...


The Morningside: A Novel By Téa Obreht  Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781984855503
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Published: Random House - March 19th, 2024

A vision of a post-apocalyptic Morningside Heights from TĂ©a Orbeht. Startling, inventive, and profoundly moving, The Morningside is a novel about the stories we tell—and the stories we refuse to tell—to make sense of where we came from and who we hope we might become.


Rainbow Black: A Novel By Maggie Thrash Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063286870
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 19th, 2024

For readers of Donna Tartt and Ottessa Moshfegh comes a brilliant, deliriously entertaining novel from the acclaimed author of Honor Girl. Rainbow Black is part murder mystery, part gay international fugitive love story—set against the ’90s Satanic Panic and spanning 20 years in the life of a young woman pulled into its undertow.


The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church By Sarah McCammon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250284471
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 19th, 2024

Speaking of Satanic Panic... The Exvangelivals is first definitive book on the massive social movement of people leaving the church: the eponymous 'exvangelicals'. Rigorously reported and deeply personal, this is the story of the people who make up this generational tipping point, including author Sarah McCammon herself.


Who's Afraid of Gender? By Judith Butler Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374608224
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 19th, 2024

A new meditation on the politicization of gender from the writer who literally wrote the book on it. The aim of Who’s Afraid of Gender? is not to offer a new theory of gender but to examine how “gender” has become a phantasm for emerging authoritarian regimes, fascist formations, and transexclusionary feminists.


Glorious Exploits: A Novel By Ferdia Lennon Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250893697
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 26th, 2024

The perfect book to make you laugh like a loon on a crowded subway. Told in a contemporary Irish voice and as riotously funny as it is deeply moving, Glorious Exploits is an unforgettable ode to the power of art in a time of war, brotherhood in a time of enmity, and human will throughout the ages.


Mu, 49 Marks of Abolition By Sora Y. Han Cover Image
$33.54
ISBN: 9781478027836
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Published: Duke University Press - March 22nd, 2024

A book that takes everything you know about anything and smashes it into a million pieces.

In March 2020, Sora Y. Han learned her father was dying of cancer just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on California's shores. These two events led Han to introspection: "Who have I been writing to?" and "Who have I been writing for?" In her observance of the 49 days of mourning in Buddhist tradition, answers come in the form of mu - no thingnothingness.


There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593448793
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Published: Random House - March 26th, 2024

“Hanif Abdurraqib again shows us new ways to be a social critic, a dreamer, a historian, and a lover of hoop. But—and this feels especially moving—he shows us how he wonders about, and how he is transformed in the wondering about, what it means to belong to a place. And you know by place I mean the people, the memories, the sorrows, the tomorrows, who are that place. And you know by all that I mean the love.”

—Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights
 


The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic: Reconstruction, 1860-1920 By Manisha Sinha Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781631498442
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Published: Liveright - March 26th, 2024

 

A sweeping narrative that remakes our understanding of perhaps the most consequential period in American history, The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic shows how the great contest of that age is also the great contest of our age—and serves as a necessary reminder of how young and fragile our democracy truly is.