The 5 Best Books of March


Although it’s easy to think that March means the end of winter, more often than not, the weather is usually just as bad as it was during the months that preceded it. Since you’re going to be stuck inside or on the bus or train thanks to the longer winter commutes, consider picking up any of this month’s new titles to at least make it feel like winter is going away sooner rather than later. 

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham (Little, Brown)

Strange and often haunting, Hannaham’s brilliant look at the parent and child relationship, and the things that can tear that normally unbreakable bond apart, could be one of the best novels of 2015. 

The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Paul Seydor (Northwestern Press) 

For the film buff, Paul Seydor looks at the ins and outs of Sam Peckinpah’s last western film. Flawed and not what the legendary director had in mind upon release, the film is now considered a masterpiece, easily one of the best of its kind from the decade. 

Unforgettable, Scott Simon (Flatiron Books)

The NPR host spent the last days of his mother’s life tweeting to his final moments with her. While it’s so easy to dismiss sharing grief or mourning on social media, there was something so touching and so human about Simon’s words that there was no way he couldn’t write about the extraordinary woman’s life. 

Know Your Beholder, Adam Rapp (Little, Brown)

The versatile Rapp, who almost won a Pulitzer for his play Red Light Winter, shows yet again why he’s one of America’s best storytellers with this tale of a man trying to squeeze some second chances out of life. 

The Sellout, Paul Beatty (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 

Novelists don’t always have the easiest time balancing humor and story. Beatty, in this brilliant satire that tackles such big topics as race in America and family relationships, definitely does not have any problems with that.