Growing up, Newton was immersed in fantastic family history. There was the relative who married 13 times and the one who killed a man with a hay hook; her own mother performed exorcisms in the living room. It is perhaps not surprising that Newton has been writing about genealogy for years. But a family story isn’t just about the people (even if they’re so colorful), and Newton touches on intergenerational trauma, mental illness, the influence of religion, and more.
In 2017, Bruni, a Times Opinion writer, woke up to find that his vision was strangely blurry. He had suffered a stroke overnight, which left him permanently blind in one eye. The book is part medical memoir, part research: Aside from examining his own diagnosis, Bruni looks for stories of people who learned new skills to make up for a hardship, suggesting a more empathetic view of aging and the wisdom that it entails.
‘Booth’, by Karen Joy Fowler (Putnam, March 8)
An imaginative new novel offers glimpses of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, and his family, told primarily through the perspectives of some of his nine siblings. The Booths—led by Junius, a mercurial Shakespearean actor—were a liberal, vegetarian, anti-slavery family, and Fowler plays their personal drama and conflict in the years leading up to the Civil War.
‘Checkout 19’ by Claire-Louise Bennett (Riverhead, March 1)
A lifelong affair with language, books and reading leads this novel, which follows a woman’s literary development. Readers never learn her name, but come to know her through her artistic taste and formative experiences with literature.
‘Glory’ by NoViolet Bulawayo (Viking, March 8)
A crackling political satire, this novel is set in Jidada, a fictional African country modeled on Zimbabwe during the reign of Robert Mugabe. Our guide is a goat named Destiny – the characters here are animals – who returns from exile to Jidada as it teeters on the cusp of a revolution.
‘Groundskeeping’ by Lee Cole (Knopf, March 1)
In this debut, it’s 2016 and Owen has returned home to Kentucky, where he takes a job as a gardener at a local university. What he really wants is to be a writer – and once he starts a relationship with an author in residence at the school, desire and ambition overlap.
After Bloom’s husband, Brian, contracted Alzheimer’s, he decided to end his life on his own terms — begging Bloom to write about it. Bloom discusses it all, from the heartache of his illness to the barriers to assisted suicide in the US to their discovery of Dignitas, an organization in Switzerland that helped Brian fulfill his wishes.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian exposes the brutal foundations of the British imperial system, highlighting a few key events — including the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica, the Irish War of Independence, and uprisings in the Middle East and Africa. As she writes, “Violence against bodies, minds, souls, cultures, landscapes, communities, and histories was closely tied to the development dogma of the civilizational mission.”
This memoir promises an account of Barr’s two terms in office in presidential cabinets: first in the George HW Bush administration and later in the Trump White House.
‘Run and Hide’ by Pankaj Mishra (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, March 1)
The lives of three young men in India converge at an elite school that promises a way out of poverty. But after graduation, Arun, the narrator of the novel, holds back and opts for a quieter, more literary life in the Himalayas with his mother, while his friends seize their newfound freedom. Years later, a woman sets out to uncover the secrets of Arun’s classmates and pull him back into his history.
The actress and screenwriter applies medical advice she received after a concussion to all areas of her life: to retrain her mind by dealing with the things that triggered her symptoms. In this collection of essays, she talks about everything from stage fright to a difficult birth.
Lowenstein examines an aspect of the Civil War often overlooked by other histories: Union financial policies, including how they continued to shape Reconstruction America and beyond.
In his account of one of the world’s oldest mass political organizations, Kazin identifies one ideological constant: Democrats have been working towards a system of “moral capitalism,” with “programs designed to make life more prosperous or at least safer for ordinary people.” to make. † Kazin traces the evolution of the party based on presidential data and biographical sketches of prominent members, from Jesse Jackson to William Jennings Bryan.
“Vagabonds!” by Eloghosa Osunde (Riverhead, March 15)
Set in Lagos, this debut novel focuses on marginalized characters – a lesbian couple, a designer giving birth to a grown woman, and more – in a vibrant mix of big city life and contemporary mythology. .