Hot Off the Press | March 2015 Releases

Check out my top picks for March's new book releases!


This month’s new releases include only one author I’ve read before, some familiar storylines (with twists!), and some surprising new narrators. Check out my favorite picks for March new releases and let me know your favorite in the comments.

March 3rd

The buried giant by kazuo ishiguro

I love Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, a brilliant blend of literary fiction and sci-fi. Ishiguro’s latest intrigues me: set in Britain after the Romans have left, an older couple attempts to reunite with their son. Frankly, fans of post apocalyptic and dystopian works will probably enjoy this one, with its declining empire and epic journey.

Flex BY ferrett steinmetz

Sort of a hail Mary pick for the month, the urban fantasy features a drug described as “Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.” Sounds kind of like what Walter White expected.

The Sellout BY Paul beatty

This satirical, darkly comic novel sounds like something out of Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, and I mean that in the best way possible. With an exploration of racial politics, sociology, and family, I’m interested to give this one a try.

THE unloved BY deborah levy

While Beatty’s novel focused primarily on American race and cultural issues, Levy’s work explores more European and African history. This colonialism-tinged murder mystery set in France will be sure to raise eyebrows despite the short length.

march 10th

The tusk that did the damage by tania james

Probably one of the books I’ve been most looking forward to reading this year, if only for the interesting narration. Embedded in the world of the ivory trade, James gives us perspectives from a filmmaker, poacher, and elephant.

march 17th

delicious foods by james hannaham

A story of survival and (possibly) redemption, a drug-addicted widower finds herself lured by the too-good promises of a corporation. Told from the perspectives of the mother, her abandoned son, and the drug itself, I’m not quite sold on the premise as much as James’ novel.

march 23rd

the animals by christian kiefer

I often find myself drawn to books where someone’s past catches up to them, usually in the form of a childhood friend (almost always recently released from a detention facility of some kind) returning to possibly wreck havoc. This pick is basically that, plus animals (as the title would suggest). Though, I swear, if the major thematic takeaway is that man is the worst animal, I will throw this book out of a window.

MARCH 31st

The world before us BY aislinn hunter

Tana French’s debut Into the Woods features childhood trauma (and subsequent memory loss), blending the past and present in haunting lyrical prose. Descriptions and early reviews for Hunter’s novel suggest that readers will find similar (if not more) things to love from a female protagonist living in similar circumstances.

What are you excited to read this month? Any of these picks making it into your TBR pile?

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