The Week in Reading: The Best New Book Releases for March 21, 2017

The Week in Reading: The Best New Book Releases for March 21, 2017
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Welcome to the third March of The Week in Reading, a weekly column that pulls together the best new books being released each week a full day before the standard book release date.

WIR321 The Week in Reading for March 21, 2017. Chelsea Hassler

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At the beginning of every month, the internet is flooded with lists of must-reads for the coming 28 to 31 days. And while it's easy to find books that look intriguing at the start of the month, it's a whole lot less so to remember those books when you're actually looking for something new to read. But we're on a mission to change that—and just in time to eke out that same-day delivery from Amazon.

Here, without further ado: the six best books with a release date of March 21, 2017

wirthearrangement "The Arrangement" by Sarah Dunn. Amazon

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

Little, Brown and Company, 368 pages

Sarah Dunn’s take on that point in middle-aged married life when everything falls apart is pure comedic genius, and you will absolutely find yourself looking at everyone you know and wondering who in the novel they most resemble.

Where you've heard her name before: She’s a TV writer, the creator of American Housewife and the author of The Big Love. 

Goodreads synopsis: Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's "hot lunch," dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood." When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though-the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible-that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-"real life," or the "experiment?"

wirdevilwebster "The Devil and Webster" by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Amazon

The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Grand Central Publishing, 368 pages

No one writes a heroine quite like Jean Hanff Korelitz, and her depiction of academia is so spot on that it will have you feeling like you lived through the events in between the pages.

Where you've heard her name before: She’s the author of You Should Have Known and Admission

Goodreads synopsis:   Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. So Naomi isn't surprised or unduly alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around "The Stump"-a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists-to protest a popular professor's denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors' passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks. Then Omar Khayal, a charismatic Palestinian student with a devastating personal history, emerges as the group's leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi's life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues, and family from an unknowable adversary. Touching on some of the most topical and controversial concerns at the heart of our society, this riveting novel examines the fragility that lies behind who we think we are-and what we think we believe.

wirdebolin "Wait Till You See Me Dance" by Deb Olin Unferth. Amazon

Wait Till You See Me Dance by Deb Olin Unferth

Graywolf Press, 200 pages

One of the most important voices in fiction’s long-awaited collection of short fiction is intoxicating, fascinating, and a must-read.

Where you've heard her name before: She’s the author of Minor Robberies, Vacation, and Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War.

Goodreads synopsis: Wait Till You See Me Dance consists of several extraordinary longer stories as well as a selection of intoxicating very short stories. In the chilling “The First Full Thought of Her Life,” a shooter gets in position while a young girl climbs a sand dune. In “Voltaire Night,” students compete to tell a story about the worst thing that ever happened to them. In “Stay Where You Are,” two oblivious travelers in Central America are kidnapped by a gunman they assume to be an insurgent—but the gunman has his own problems. An Unferth story lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted, but it swerves in sudden and surprising ways that reveal, in terrifying clarity, the rage, despair, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, but in Unferth’s unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own. 

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Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Crown, 336 pages

Not only is Lola a down-and-dirty thriller, it’s also an unbelievably smart mystery story centered around the themes of violence, race, and gender.

Where you've heard her name before: She’s a former TV writer for CSI: Miami, and Person of Interest.

Goodreads synopsis: The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola.  Lola has mastered playing …

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