Is it just me? Or have you noticed the abundance of fabulous new releases lately? Here are some of my don't-miss reads for March 2011. Don't forget to come back each week for Imprint Friday for more titles you won't be able to resist.
Soak in Some Herstory
Biography is a favorite genre of mine and two fascinating books are being released this month. Helen Castor's She-Wolves (HarperCollins / Harper) introduces us to Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou. All four of these women played a part in shaping British history, although they paid a heavy price for power. Tired of England? No worries. The paperback edition of The Secret History of the Mongol Queens (Random House) by Jack Weatherford is out today. Travel to Asia of the late thirteenth century and learn "How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire."
Get Your Adventure On
If you haven't been reading Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books, you're missing out. In One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Penguin / Viking), BookWorld is in an uproar but our hero, Thursday, is in RealWorld. Can the peacekeepers prevent a Genre War without her help? For those who like action-packed stories, Philip Carter's The Altar of Bones (Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books) is a contemporary thriller that will entrap you. This one involves spies, Russia, Hollywood, Capitol Hill, and the secret to immortality.
Things to Think About
What would happen if a doctor decided to move his wife and four daughters from Michigan to Africa? Christina Meldrum's Amaryllis in Blueberry (Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books) explores just this situation. The family soon discovers that missionary work can be a life-altering experience--and not always in a good way. One of my favorite authors is E. L. Doctorow, and I'm so excited that he has a collection of short fiction coming out this month. All the Time in the World (Random House) contains "six . . . stories that have never appeared in book form, and a selection of [his] classics." The stories focus on unique individuals that we might we run across in everyday life.
I hope something here has caught your eye. They are all on my list for March, and I can't wait to start reading. What new releases are you looking forward to?