March (Literary) Madness

While friends and family are focusing on college basketball, you can curl up with a great read or two this month.

Here are our books editor’s favorites.

The Tiger’s Wife
By Téa Obreht

Hailed as a potential Pulitzer winner this year, Obreht’s debut novel is like reading the story behind a mysterious painting hanging in the Impressionists section of an art gallery. It’s not terribly suspenseful—instead, it’s hauntingly beautiful. And, you’ll be able to say, “Oh, I read that,” when it starts collecting awards.

Running the Rift
By Naomi Benaron

Released early this year, this Bellwether winner follows the tale of a young Rwandan boy and his dream to become an Olympic medalist in running, amidst the internal strife between Hutus and Tutsis. Mesmerizing.

Rules of Civility
By Amor Towles

Coming to a book club near you: The tale of three friends navigating the New York City social scene in the late 1930s.



I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
By Craig  Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

Admit it, you watched more than a few hours of “Headbangers Ball” and “Remote Control” back in the day. Relive the glory days of video and your wild child, “I want to be Tawny Kitaen” youth with this tome.



Fifty Shades Of Grey
By E.L. James

This is THE book that everyone is reading, but refuses to admit it. We dare you. This will beat any Fabio-on-the-cover paperback you’ve got on your shelf.



Cool, Calm and Contentious
By Merrill Markoe

Before there was Tina Fey, there was Merrill Markoe. Her collection of essays will not only make you laugh—they’ll heal your soul.



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot

If you’re craving nonfiction, try the controversial story of Mrs. Lacks, whose cells—taken from her without her consent—became the first viable cell line for scientific research. Her cells were sent into space, used in the testing of the atomic bomb, and instrumental in creating the polio vaccine and many cancer treatments, among other medical discoveries.

Sugar In My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex
By Erica Jong

Perfect for those little snippets of time, Jong’s collection of essays sheds light on what women really think about what goes on under the covers.



The Obamas
By Jodi Kantor

With the campaign season in full swing, enjoy this well-researched and unabashed look into the personal lives of the most famous family in the world.