| By Thorndike Staff |
Depending on where you hang your hat, March can bear witness to already-blazing sun or still-lingering snow. Our monthly picks are a mix as well! Everything from a deep-diving memoir about group therapy to an exploration of why Black people are literally “sick and tired”; along with a tangled tale of a downtrodden family and an exhaustive examination of wood, which is especially relevant as our global ecosystem continues to be challenged. Check out our March titles—and meet your readers’ desires for something new to pique their interest.
Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate
“You don’t need a cure; you need a witness.” With those words from therapist Dr. Rosen, Christie Tate was invited to join one of his psychotherapy groups. The idea of sitting naked psychologically and emotionally, if not physically, with strangers paralyzed her. With her eating disorder now under control and having been named the top student in her law school class, why is she still plagued by isolation and sadness? Enjoy your front-row seat as Tate embarks on a terrifying and ultimately life-changing journey in search of answers.— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] dazzling debut memoir . . . Readers will be irresistibly drawn into Tate’s earnest and witty search for authentic and lasting love.”
“A wild ride . . . It gets pretty raw.”— The Boston Globe
Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters
Black people are literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. Award-winning diversity and inclusion leader Mary-Frances Winters was urged to write this title to define and explore Black fatigue and the impact of systemic racism on the physical and psychological health of Black people. In exploring economics, education, work, criminal justice, and health outcomes, Winters addresses the intergenerational fatigue tearing at the core of a whole race of people who are simply asking for what they deserve.
“Brilliantly shows us how Black fatigue animates our way of living and how the racism that causes it shapes social structures and affects the distribution of advantage and disadvantage.”— Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chair, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University
“Mary-Frances Winters’ Black Fatigue is one of 2020’s most essential books.”— PopSugar
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
Duchess might be a badass, but this 13-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw is simply trying to survive while caring for her younger brother and self-destructive mother. Her uncle, Walk, the local police chief, is navigating his own troubled life with deep wounds from his past. Thirty years prior, his testimony sent his best friend to prison. Now Vincent King is being released and is ready to pay some visits, showing how revenge and justice can play out in dramatic ways.
“This is an epic drama and a profound masterpiece. I’ll be amazed if I read a better novel this year.”— Daily Mirror (UK)
“Ravishing, pulse-raising suspense.”— O, The Oprah Magazine
The Age of Wood by Roland Ennos
Wood. Though it surrounds us in natural environments and personal dwellings, have you ever given it much thought? ln The Age of Wood, Roland Ennos shows, through recent research in primatology, anthropology, archaeology, history, architecture, engineering, and carpentry, that the key to our success has been our relationship with wood. This sweeping, 10-million-year journey examines the role that wood and trees have played in our global ecosystem.
“An excellent, thorough history in an age of our increasingly fraught relationships with natural resources.”— Kirkus Reviews
“Alively history of biology, mechanics and culture that stretches back 60 million years . . . A specialist in the mechanics of wood, Ennos has a fierce love for his topic.”— Nature