Goodbye February, and all the snow you brought, hello March, and some great books and (hopefully) nicer weather. I feel like I was just saying I couldn’t believe 2014 was ending, and here we are already in the THIRD MONTH of 2015. Day by day, time seems to move so slowly, but it’s actually flying, now that I’m looking back on it. This semester is already halfway over, too! At this rate, summer will be here before we know it. Until then…
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro: The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.(March 3)
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver: Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late. (March 10)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever. (March 10)
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno—a banker—and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her (March 17)
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen: After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel.To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants.(March 31)
Two quick things:
1. I had NO IDEA Sara Gruen had a new book coming out so soon, and after loving Water for Elephants, I’m pretty excited, even though the premise seems a little strange.
2. The cover of A Little Life looks to me like Joseph Gordon Levitt crying, and I can’t unsee it!
What are you looking forward to this March, aside from WARM WEATHER, which I think no one can wait for much longer!