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Your March Reading List Is Full of Exciting New Titles

Book covers for "To Boldly Grow," "How I Make Photographs," and "Imaginable"
G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Laurence King Publishing/Spiegel & Grau

March is always a month of transition, what with the change of season and all. To go with the flow of this month of in-betweens, we’ve curated a wide selection of the best new book releases to add to your spring TBR list!

March has something for everyone, no matter what kind of book you like to curl up with. Explore history, imagine supernatural possibilities, cheer on that OTP in romances, or send some chills up your spine with these brand-new tales.

Sisters of Night and Fog

Based on a true story, Erika Robuck’s historical novel tells the story of two women who became part of the resistance in Europe during World War II. One an American socialite in occupied Paris, the other a tragedy-touched secret agent from Great Britain, their acts of resistance collide as they both find themselves in one of the worst places to be: Ravensbrück. Release Date: March 1.

The Fear

A silly meme turns deadly in this small-town horror tale by Natasha Preston. When people share their biggest fears online, they start turning up dead in exactly those ways. As one girl tries to discover the truth behind the murders, the terror begins creeping ever closer. Release Date: March 1.

A Train to Moscow: A Novel

In Elena Gorokhova’s novel, small-town girl, Sasha, grows up in post-WWII Soviet Union knowing that her neighbors and family are hiding something big. Although she escapes and pursues her dream of becoming an actress, she’s continually drawn back to her old life—especially when her first love reappears as a rising star in the Soviet bureaucracy. Release Date: March 1.

Edgewood: A Novel

A haunted forest and small-town legends come to life in this new fantasy novel by Kristen Ciccarelli. After her grandfather disappears, Emeline breaks all the rules and tries to find him in a forbidden forest filled with dangerous magic. When she stumbles into a curse and complicated history, not only will she have to fight to save her grandfather’s life, but for her own freedom, as well. Release Date: March 1.

The Tobacco Wives

In the 1940s North Carolina of Adele Meyers’s novel, tobacco is king—and no one challenges the king’s throne. When young seamstress, Maddie, stumbles across a deliberate cover-up about the dangers of tobacco, she doesn’t know who to turn to. Her quest to reveal the truth puts her in the crosshairs of some powerful people. Release Date: March 1.

ShadowMan: An Elusive Psycho Killer and the Birth of FBI Profiling

True crime is hotter than ever, and Ron Franscell’s nonfiction tale is perfect for anyone who wants to dive deeper into the ins and outs of catching an elusive criminal. After researching thousands of documents and conducting over 100 interviews, Franscell tells the story of the first FBI profile in history. It’s a twisty tale about the origins of a technique that’s now commonly used in criminal pursuits—both real and fictional. Release Date: March 1.

If You Ask Me

What would you do if you walked in on your spouse cheating? In Libby Hubscher’s latest novel, advice columnist Violet finds herself in exactly that situation, which shatters her picture-perfect, North Carolina life. A few ill-advised, extra-blunt columns and one bonfire later, she’s feeling empowered. But is that just to avoid the fact that she has no idea what she’s supposed to do next? Release Date: March 8.

To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard

Intimidated by the idea of growing your own food? Don’t be! Tamar Haspel’s nonfiction exploration of food, gardening, and creativity offers practical advice on how to grow anything—even without any expert help. It’s a bold blueprint for anyone who wants to broaden their food horizons. Release Date: March 8.

Empire of the Scalpel: The History of Surgery

From the Stone Age to today, surgery has been a part of human history and a science that has evolved along with us. Ira Rutkow, M.D., traces the developments of this medical field from ancient history. You’ll learn all about the rise of human anatomy (when surgery was considered blasphemous), to the incredible leaps and bounds of modern procedures, organ transplants, and more. Release Date: March 8.

A Girl During the War: A Novel

One of the lesser-known stories of WWII was the mad dash to rescue and hide priceless art collections from the advancing Nazis. Anita Abriel’s historical fiction novel reimagines one such mission. A group of Florentines race to catalog, hide, and transport their city’s treasures, all while partisan infighting and personal betrayals threaten to throw their goals (and lives) in danger. Release Date: March 8.

The Golden Couple

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen add a new entry in the “marriage thriller” subgenre that cracks open our obsession with image and perfection. A wealthy couple tries to ignore the growing distance in their marriage until one of them is unfaithful. They’re desperate enough to seek out the advice of Avery, a therapist who lost her license, but continues to offer counseling in unorthodox ways. This unconventional approach eventually opens the door to even more dangerous secrets. Release Date: March 8.

The League of Gentlewomen Witches

For fans of The Princess Bride comes India Holton’s swashbuckling, romantic, and firmly tongue-in-cheek adventure. Set in an alternate history full of flying houses, magic amulets, and charming pirates, it’s a can’t-miss for fantasy-lovers. When a witch and pirate have to team up to protect an artifact from evildoers, their casual betrayals eventually give way to more tender feelings—much to their dismay. Release Date: March 15.

The Nazis Knew My Name: A Remarkable Story of Survival and Courage in Auschwitz

Imagine being a Jewish woman assigned to “leadership” in a Nazi concentration camp. This was the fate of Magda Hellinger, who was forced to work directly with SS leaders, while also saving as many lives as possible. Hellinger’s firsthand account, and her daughter, Maya Lee’s research, combine to share this nonfiction tale of courage and survival during one of history’s darkest times. Release Date: March 15.

Dating Dr. Dil

For rom-com and Shakespeare fans, Nisha Sharma’s sharp-tongued twist on The Taming of the Shrew is sure to please. A heart doctor/TV host, who’s made his career talking about the “science” of love, finds his life in turmoil when his debate on love with a guest’s sister goes viral. As it turns out, they both need a relationship (he to repair his image, and she to buy her family home), so they agree to fake date, despite the fact that they loathe each other. Release Date: March 15.

Sadie on a Plate

If you love food and love stories, then Amanda Elliot’s new book is for you. Sadie, a rising culinary star, dreams of making a name for herself by introducing the world to new takes on classic Jewish recipes. A slot on a popular cooking TV show seems like the big break she’s been waiting for. Unfortunately, the world of reality TV heaps more on her plate than she expected. Release Date: March 15.

How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain

Ryan North’s hilariously satirical how-to guide is perfect for “aspiring supervillains,” or anyone who’s ever dreamed of a comic-book life. It’s a perfectly serious look at how supervillain schemes could work via modern technology. But it’s also a witty consideration of how this same technology could turn humans into real-life superheroes. Release Date: March 15.

Peach Blossom Spring: A Novel

Melissa Fu’s new novel starts with a mother and son fleeing China in the 1930s, with little to their names except a scroll filled with fables. Years later, the son has settled in the United States, but refuses to share his family’s history with his daughter. Release Date: March 15.

The Impossible Us

The very idea of soul mates gets a sci-fi twist in Sarah Lotz’s speculative fiction novel. An email gone awry leads to an anonymous, You’ve Got Mail-esque correspondence between two strangers. When they start to notice odd discrepancies between their cultural references, they realize that they’re actually living in two parallel universes. Talk about star-crossed! Release Date: March 22.

David Yarrow: How I Make Photographs (Masters of Photography)

Have you ever wondered how wildlife photographers get those stunning, seemingly impossible shots? Renowned photographer, David Yarrow, takes readers inside his process and career in this nonfiction book. Anecdotes from Yarrow’s personal experiences are woven in with practical photography tips for amateurs looking to snap their own pictures in the wild. Release Date: March 22.

Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything

The imagination is a powerful tool, but one that too many of us lose touch with after childhood. In this nonfiction book from game designer and “future forecaster,” Jane McGonigal, the idea of harnessing imagination for our collective good is explored. You’ll learn tips for broadening your horizons, envisioning possibilities, and making it all come true. Release Date: March 22.

All the White Spaces: A Novel

In this historical horror novel by Ally Wilkes, the age of Antarctic exploration gets a new (and terrifying) twist. A group of explorers set out to make history, but everyone has their secrets, and the trauma of WWI looms large. Forced off-course by disaster, the expedition finds itself in a strange area unmarked on any map, where danger is stranger than ever. Release Date: March 29.

Home or Away

For anyone who followed the Olympic scandals last month comes Kathleen West’s novel about the intense ups and downs of competitive sports. Two decades after a betrayal changed their Olympic dreams forever, two former hockey teammates cross paths again. Now, it’s their children competing to reach athletic glory, but the shadow of the past still lingers. Release Date: March 29.

The Diamond Eye

Based on a true story, Kate Quinn’s latest historical novel is about a quiet librarian who became the most deadly female sniper in history. After Hitler invades Russia, history student, Mila, leaves her books behind and takes up arms. When her reputation gets her sent on an international tour, she struggles with the weight of her actions. She does her best to stay afloat in a world that’s no longer at war, but frightening, just the same. Release Date: March 29.

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Amanda Prahl is a freelance contributor to LifeSavvy. She has an MFA in dramatic writing, a BA in literature, and is a former faculty associate focusing on writing craft and history. Her articles have appeared on HowlRound, Slate, Bustle, BroadwayWorld, and ThoughtCo, among others. Read Full Bio »
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