We’re supposedly in for a long winter this year after
groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Feb. 2. That means we may have to come up with more indoor activities to keep ourselves occupied during the cold weeks ahead. Luckily, with all the wonderful nonfiction books soon to be released, there’s no need to look any further than this list.
March is set to be a great month for memoirs. Authors from all walks of life have enthralling experiences to share. New titles will bring readers from war zones to mental health facilities to wineries.
This month, readers can also
expect new titles from big names in the literary world, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Joan Didion, among others. On top of that, there are debut authors also making a splash. With all this goodness waiting to keep us busy inside, there’s hardly any reason to brave the extra six weeks of cold.
Before the winter weather leaves us, get cozy and get through as many books as you can. Below are 20 of the best nonfiction new releases to read, stat. Maybe we should actually be thanking Punxsutawney Phil for giving us the perfect excuse to stay in.
1 ‘Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (March 7; Knopf Publishing Group) 2 ‘South and West’ by Joan Didion (March 7; Knopf Publishing Group)
Award-winning author Joan Didion offers excerpts from her personal writings in
. Taken from two different trips in the 1970s — one through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and one to California— she shares impressions and observations. It’s a look inside her head that fans will relish. South and West: From a Notebook Click Here To Buy 3 ‘Year of No Clutter’ by Eve O. Schaub (March 7; Sourcebooks)
Writer Eve O. Schaub tackles her home’s “Hell Room” in
. Along the way, she does more than minimize the amount of junk in her home; she contemplates her identity, past, and future. Year of No Clutter: A Memoir Click Here To Buy 4 ‘We’: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel (March 7; Atria Books) X-Files star Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel call for change in . The long-time friends highlight the importance of women supporting one another and working to live meaningful lives. Prepare to be inspired. We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere Click Here To Buy 5 ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ by Mary Jennings Hegar (March 7; Berkeley)
Military pilot MJ Hegar shares stories from her service in
.Her three tours in Afghanistan weren’t her only battles of note, though; she also recounts her fight to do away with the ground combat exclusion — a decades-old policy meant to keep women from officially serving in combat positions. Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front Click Here To Buy 6 ‘The Unmade Bed’ by Stephen Marche with Sarah Fulford (March 7; Simon & Schuster) 7 ‘Down City’ by Leah Carroll (March 7; Grand Central Publishing) 8 ‘Born Both’ by Hida Viloria (March 14; Hachette Books)
Activist Hida Viloria opens up about living “in the space between genders” in
. Raised as a girl, s/he soon learned that the standard definitions of male and female didn’t fit he/r. Born Both: An Intersex Life Born Both recounts he/r experiences trying to find a place for he/rself and sheds light on the struggles that intersex and nonbinary people face. Click Here To Buy 9 ‘Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve’ by Ben Blatt (March 14; Simon & Schuster) 10 ‘Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things’ by Amy Dickinson (March 14; Hachette Books) 11 ‘The Rules Do Not Apply’ by Ariel Levy (March 14; Random House) 12 ‘Bleaker House’ by Nell Stevens (March 14; Doubleday) 13 ‘Marilyn in Manhattan’ by Elizabeth Winder (March 14; Flatiron Books)
A captivating portrait of both an icon and a city,
looks at a special time in the actress’ life. Author Elizabeth Winder recounts how Monroe was able to find happiness in New York while avoiding Hollywood’s scrutiny, falling in love, and enjoying the local culture. Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy Click Here To Buy 14 ‘No One Cares About Crazy People’ by Ron Powers (March 21; Hachette Books) 15 ‘Revolution for Dummies’ by Bassem Youssef (March 21; Dey Street Books) 16 ‘The Kim Kardashian Principle’ by Jeetendr Sehdev (March 21; St. Martin’s Press) 17 ‘Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?’ by Alyssa Mastromonaco (March 21; Twelve) 18 ‘Cork Dork’ by Bianca Bosker (March 28; Penguin Books) 19 ‘How to Be a Bawse’ by Lilly Singh (March 28; Ballantine Books)
YouTube star Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) will teach you how to hustle in her new book,
. She touches on everything from work to love with the benefit of her unique experiences. You’ll learn about the importance of everything from ditching FOMO to building a smart support system. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life Click Here To Buy 20 ‘Phenomena’ by Annie Jacobsen (March 28; Little, Brown and Company)
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