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Books to Watch for in March, Part 2

A flood of highly anticipated new titles are sweeping through the book world in March. In fact, it’s such a busy time for new books, we had to break our post down into two parts.

All these titles are available through our digital lending service, Overdrive. Need help getting started? Instructions are here.

The Mirror and the Light – Mantel – March 10 (||||)
Wow, No Thank You – Samaantha Irby – March 31 (||)

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

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All About Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s trajectory in the art world was meteoric – but so was his fall. In just a few years, he went from a teenager spray painting graffiti to world famous artist. He died when he was only 27 years old. His legacy was, until recently, overshadowed by Andy Warhol (his mentor) & Pablo Picasso, but the world is re-discovering Basquiat and on the heels of that rediscovery, a flurry of new works have been published. Here are 5 we recommend.

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Quick Bits for Busy Readers

If you’ve ever said, “I wish I read more, but I just don’t have time any more!” allow us here at the library to introduce you to the secret shortcut to sounding well-read.

“Ah yes,” you’ll say knowingly, “I read an early version of that story! It’s striking how Novik can build such a complete world in so few pages. And it’s so sad that Toni Morrison died – have you read her retrospective on Beloved?”

Essays and short stories are shortcuts into the literary world for busy people like you. Generally sitting between 15-30 pages, they’re easily read in small scraps of free time – waiting for an appointment, before bed, or over lunch. Because they have such a small window to accomplish so much, they are often more tightly edited than their novel-length counter parts. And if one isn’t quite to your taste, there’s probably an entirely different story just a few pages away.

Here are several of the best collections published this year.

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Oscar Bait Books

Since 2000, 9 Oscar winners have been films based on books. As this year’s run up to the Oscars begins, check out these 6 books that are headed to the big screen – just in time for awards season attention.

I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt

A former investigator and attorney chronicles the life of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mafia hitman who claimed to have murdered Jimmy Hoffa. A World War II vet who learned kill in the Army, he worked for the Bufalino crime family after he returned to the United States. His story spans roughly a quarter century of organized crime, and provides a unique insider’s look into that underworld. Martin Scorsese, Robert DiNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci team up for the film.

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8 New Twists on Fairytales and Myths

There were two sisters, one dark and one fair. There is a beast in the woods. There is a witch in the deepest part of the forest, or the ocean, or high in the mountains. Seven brothers have been turned to swans. Fairytale tropes are timeless and authors love to subvert and play with new versions. Here a handful of the best modern retellings and adaptations.

The Mythic Dream edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe

Editors Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe have a remarkable knack for collecting luminous fantasy short stories by some of today’s top authors, including the reigning queen of fairytale retellings, Naomi Novik. With a lineup that includes Rebecca Roanhorse, sci-fi powerhouse Ann Leckie, and Seanan McGuire, these stories should offer a sneak peek into what fantasy will look like for upcoming years.

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8 Books to Watch For This Fall

Big names are dominating the fall book press: Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, Jon Krakauer and Stephen King are all releasing new titles this season. Here’s what to watch for (and reserve early).

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Over 30 years after the initial release of Atwood’s celebrated dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, she returns to the Republic of Gilead. Set 15 years after the van doors shut behind Offred, the sequel offers the “testaments” of three more women from Gilead.

Release date: September 10

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