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March 2012 Book Releases

New Books in March 2012

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Some heady stuff in March. A collection of essays from Marilynne Robinson on politics, faith, and more, Jonah Lehrer's book about the nature of creativity, fantastic fiction from Adam Levin, Hari Kunzru, and Etgar Keret, and more.

1. Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru

Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru
© Knopf
Knopf
March 6, 2012
Hari Kunzru (Transmissions, My Revolutions) brings his readers to the desert - the Mojave, specifically - where Jaz and Lisa Matharu have a run-in with Coyote, the trickster god, when their son Raj inexplicably vanishes and then reappears (changed) during a family vacation, throwing the family into a momentous and adventurous narrative.

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2. Hot Pink by Adam Levin

Hot Pink by Adam Levin
© McSweeney's
McSweeney's
March 13, 2012
Adam Levin, whose sprawling debut novel The Instructions knocked our socks off in 2010, is back with a collection of ten short stories, "shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dumptrucks, and walls that ooze gels." From our friends at McSweeney's.

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3. Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
© Houghton Mifflin
Houghton Mifflin
March 19, 2012
Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide, delves into the science of creativity to prod and poke at our assumptions about creative muses, creative types, and creativity itself. Traversing diverse territory that covers the office space at Pixar, the writing habits of Bob dylan, and the benefits of daydreaming, Lehrer may be able to help us all be a little more divergent in our thinking.

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4. The New Republic by Lionel Shriver

The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
© HarperCollins
HarperCollins
March 27, 2012
Written in 1998, The New Republic is a satirical novel that takes on the topic of terrorism in the form of a radical Portuguese organization that protagonist Edgar Kellogg happens upon in his search to locate another journalist in the terrorists' home turf.

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5. Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott

Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott
© Riverhead
Riverhead
March 20, 2012
I read Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions, in which she chronicled the first year of her son's life along with her first year as a single mother with intense emotion and brutal honesty. Nearly twenty years later, Lamott returns to the topic, this time with her son as a co-author as they recount the birth of Sam's son, Jax. Powerful writer, that Anne Lamott (Imperfect Birds).

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6. Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories by Etgar Keret

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories by Etgar Keret
© Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 27, 2012
Israeli author Etgar Keret (The Nimrod Flipout) is in possession of one of the most wonderfully absurdist senses of humor I've ever had the pleasure to come in contact with. So I was thrilled to discover that he had a new collection of absurdist, magical realism-tinged short (often short short) stories, one of which, "Guava," you can READ RIGHT NOW at Electric Literature.

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7. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner
© Little, Brown & Company
Little, Brown & Company
March 26, 2012
An entire pantheon of ridiculously-imagined and slightly hungover gods and goddesses roll into the universe on a bus blaring the Mister Softee jingle and take up residence in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, from which they gaze down upon their sole acolyte, an unemployed New Jersey butcher.

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8. When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays by Marilynne Robinson

When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays by Marilynne Robinson
© Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 13, 2012
Marilynne Robinson is best known as a novelist, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead, Housekeeping, and Home, however she has also been a significant contributor of essays to a variety of publications including Harper's, The Paris Review, and The New York Times Book Review. In this collection of essays, Robinson shares her sharp-eyed views on big picture matters such as politics and faith.

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