March 2022 Must Haves

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| By Thorndike Staff |

March, That Abyss between Cozy Hibernation and Jubilant Spring

Facing the long month of March, we’re going to avoid referencing the “best of times, the worst of times” because the “best” feels too generous. Could, in fact, March have driven the woman in the supermarket mad? Originally published in 1966, the book’s title story is joined by 12 additional essays, including an emotional telling of the author’s COVID-19 hospitalization while her husband succumbed to its grips. Our five other picks all delve into relationship dynamics fueled by secrets. Take a look; March may at least be the most interesting of times!

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories by Hilma Wolitzer

NPR — Best Books of the Year
New York Times Editors’ Choice
People Magazine Book of the Week
Kirkus Fully Booked Editor’s Pick

In this collection, Hilma Wolitzer invites us inside the private world of domestic bliss, seen mostly through the lens of Paulie and Howard’s gloriously ordinary marriage. From hasty weddings to meddlesome neighbors and ex-wives who just won’t leave, to sleepless nights spent worrying about unanswered chain mail, Wolitzer captures the tensions, contradictions, and unexpected detours of daily life with wit, candor, and an acutely observant eye.

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

International Bestselling Author
USA Today Bestselling Author
On over 4 Most Anticipated Book Lists

Natalie Collins hasn’t heard from her sister in more than half a year. The last time they spoke, Kit was slogging from mundane workdays to obligatory happy hours to crying in the shower about their dead mother. And then she found Wisewood. On a private island off the coast of Maine, Wisewood’s guests commit to six-month stays. During this time, they’re prohibited from contact with the rest of the world. Natalie receives a menacing email from a Wisewood account threatening to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from Kit. Natalie hurries north to come clean to her sister and bring her home, but she’s about to learn that Wisewood won’t let them go without a fight.

Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era by Laurence Leamer

National Bestseller
New York Times Bestselling Author
New York Post Must-Have Book for Fall 2021
Town & Country Must-Read Book of Fall 2021
Wall Street Journal — “12 Books to Read” for October 2021

For years, Truman Capote attempted to write what he believed would have been his magnum opus. When he eventually published a few chapters in Esquire, the thinly fictionalized lives (and scandals) of his closest famous female confidantes were laid bare for all to see, and he was banished from their high-society world forever. Laurence Leamer recreates the lives of these fascinating swans, their friendships with Capote and one another, and the doomed quest to write what could have been one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Indie Next Pick
LibraryReads Selection
Library Journal Editors’ Pick

“A stunning and immersive tale of psychological horror. It’s terrifyingly real and physically upsetting, yet, like the best of the genre, it leaves space for hope to ultimately shine through.” — starred, Library Journal

In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street at the edge of the wild Washington woods lives a family of three. A teenage girl who isn’t allowed outside, not after last time. A man who drinks alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory. And a house cat who loves napping and reading the Bible. An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in[SR1] 

Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen by Annabel Abbs

New York Times — “One of the Season’s Best Historical Fiction Novels”
Good Housekeeping Book Club Pick
Country Living — Best Books of Fall
Washington Post —Best Feel-Good Books of the Year

England, 1835. London is awash with new ingredients, from rare spices to exotic fruits. But no one knows how to use them. Eliza Acton is told by her publisher to write a cookery book, so she begins collecting recipes and teaching herself to cook. To her surprise, she discovers a talent—and a passion—for the culinary arts. Eliza hires Ann Kirby, and as they cook together, Ann learns about poetry, love, and ambition. The two develop a friendship, but when Ann discovers a secret in Eliza’s past, their friendship starts to fray.

Never Fall for Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath

BuzzFeed — Best Books Being Released in November
The Nerd Daily — Anticipated July to December 2021 Books
POPSUGAR — Incredible New Books, November
USA Today — Best New Rom-com Reads of 2021

The last thing Hugh Standish ever wants is a wife. Unfortunately, his mother is determined to find him one. So Hugh invents a fake fiancée to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay. But when he learns his mother is on a ship bound for England, he realizes his ruse is about to implode. When Hugh asks Minerva Merriwell to pose as his fiancée, she knows the offer is too good to pass up. As hilarity and miscommunication ensue, Hugh and Minerva’s fake engagement starts to turn into a real romance. But can they trust each other when their relationship started with a lie?

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