5 Best Books To Read This Month

March 02, 2020 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

Many of the best new books this month ask readers to think about consequences. How can a decision one individual makes alter the course of several lives?

We Ride Upon Sticks, Quan Barry(3 March)

Though the 1989 Massachusetts high school field hockey season hasn’t started in earnest, the Danvers Falcons are concerned. The team can’t seem to win a game at summer training camp, which makes their goal of reaching the state finals in a few months seem less than realistic. But their luck starts to turn around after members of the squad begin signing their names in what might be a magical notebook, one that features Emilio Estevez’s face on the cover.
The bizarre premise of Quan Barry’s novel evolves into a fresh coming-of-age story as she explores the team’s desperation to win — and their growing experimentation with witchcraft.

The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich (March 3)
The latest from National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich again delves into her Chippewa heritage, but this time takes inspiration from her grandfather’s work as a night watchman in the 1950s.
The novel follows the titular character as he works to protect his tribe against Congress’ new “emancipation” bill, which threatens their rights to their land. Though it is set decades ago, the story resonates today as Erdrich dissects a native community forced to deal with the ramifications of the government’s actions.

Anna K: A Love Story, Jenny Lee (March 3)
At the center of this innovative retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina is Anna K, a 17-year-old Korean-American socialite. After a chance encounter leaves her charmed by a boy who is infamous for hopping around boarding schools, Anna K wrestles with whether to pursue the relationship (and dump her current, seemingly perfect boyfriend in the process).
The debut YA novel from television writer and producer Jenny Lee illustrates the push and pull of first love — and was optioned for TV more than a year before its publication.

Deacon King Kong, James McBride (March 3)
In his first novel since his 2013 National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird, James McBride analyzes the impact of a surprising act of violence on a south Brooklyn neighborhood in 1969.
The incident in question — the shooting of a local drug dealer by a church deacon — shakes up a diverse group of characters, from the black and Latinx residents who witnessed the crime to members of the deacon’s church. Flipping between several of their voices, Deacon King Kong seeks to understand not only why the violence occurred, but also how it is connected to the deep, multicultural history of this slice of New York City.

The Mirror the Light, Hilary Mantel (March 10)

The highly anticipated (and long-awaited) third and final installment of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy captures 16th-century English lawyer Thomas Cromwell’s final years before he meets a brutal end. Picking up after Anne Boleyn’s execution, The Mirror the Light concludes the acclaimed series, which has sold millions of copies and made Mantel the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice.
Like the two novels that came before it, this one promises to take an unflinching look at the relationship between power, wealth and politics.

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