March 2019 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
    by Alicia Elliott 'Canada'
    Doubleday Canada
    Mar 26, 2019
    HISTORY / Native American
    Hardcover
    A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
    by Alicia Elliott 'Canada'
    Doubleday Canada
    Mar 26, 2019
    HISTORY / Native American
    Hardcover
    A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America from award-winning Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott.

    In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight into the ongoing legacy of colonialism. She engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrifcation, writing and representation, and in the process makes connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political—from overcoming a years-long battle with head lice to the way Native writers are treated within the Canadian literary industry; her unplanned teenage pregnancy to the history of dark matter and how it relates to racism in the court system; her childhood diet of Kraft Dinner to how systemic oppression is directly linked to health problems in Native communities.

    With deep consideration and searing prose, Elliott provides a candid look at our past, an illuminating portrait of our present and a powerful tool for a better future.
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  2. Autopsy of a Boring Wife
    by Marie-Renee Lavoie 'Canada'
    Arachnide Editions
    Mar 12, 2019
    FICTION / Humorous / General
    Paperback
    Autopsy of a Boring Wife
    by Marie-Renee Lavoie 'Canada'
    Arachnide Editions
    Mar 12, 2019
    FICTION / Humorous / General
    Paperback

    Like a Québécois Bridget Jones’s Diary, Marie-Renée Lavoie’s Autopsy of a Boring Wife tells the hysterically funny and ultimately touching tale of forty-eight-year-old Diane, a woman whose husband leaves her and is having an affair because, he says, she bores him. Diane takes the charge to heart and undertakes an often ribald, highly entertaining journey to restoring trust in herself and others that is at the same time an astute commentary on women and girls, gender differences, and the curious institution of marriage in the twenty-first century. All the details are up for scrutiny in this tender, brisk story of the path to recovery. Autopsy of a Boring Wife is a wonderfully fresh and engaging novel of the pitfalls and missteps of an apparently “boring” life that could be any of ours.

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  3. Husbands That Cook
    by Ryan Alvarez
    St. Martin's Griffin
    Mar 12, 2019
    COOKING / Vegetarian
    Hardcover
    Husbands That Cook
    by Ryan Alvarez
    St. Martin's Griffin
    Mar 12, 2019
    COOKING / Vegetarian
    Hardcover

    FEATURED IN:LA Times • Relish Magazine • Epicurius.com • Eat Your Books •The Eagle Rock Boulevard-SentinelMen's Vow's • Powell's Books Blog •Bay Area ReporterPassport Magazine

    Gaby Dalkin says:"Adam and Ryan make vegetarian recipes that are not only delicious but they'll satisfy any meat lover too!"

    Molly Yeh says:"I love this book! It is truly impossible not to love Adam and Ryan andHusbands that Cook. Between the giggle-worthy headnotes and wildly craveable recipes, this is a book that you will use again and again, and all the while feel as if you are cooking with two great friends."

    From the award-winning bloggers behind Husbands That Cook comes a book of original recipes inspired by their shared love of vegetarian food, entertaining, world travel—and each other.

    Food has always been a key ingredient in Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin’s relationship—and this cookbook offers a unique glimpse into their lives beyond their California kitchen. From their signature Coconut Curry with Chickpeas and Cauliflower, which was inspired by their first date at a shopping mall food court, to the Communication Breakdown Carrot Cake (which speaks for itself), these and other recipes reflect the husbands' marriage in all its flavor and variety.

    Written with the same endearing, can-do spirit of their blog, the husbands present more than 120 brand-new recipes—plus some greatest hits from the site—that yield delicious results every time. Each entry inHusbands That Cook is a reminder of how simple and satisfying vegetarian meal-making can be, from hearty main dishes and sides to healthy snacks and decadent desserts and drinks. Ryan and Adam also outline common pantry items and everyday tools you’ll need to fully stock your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for one or feeding the whole family, this book is chock-full of great creative recipes for every day of the week, all year long.

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  4. My Lovely Wife
    by Samantha Downing
    Berkley
    Mar 26, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
    Hardcover
    My Lovely Wife
    by Samantha Downing
    Berkley
    Mar 26, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
    Hardcover
    INSTANT #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

    “Think: Dexter but sexier.”—theSkimm
    “A dark and irresistible debut.”—People
    “Will shock even the savviest suspense readers.”—Real Simple

    Dexter
    meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...

    Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

    We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

    We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

    Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.
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  5. You are Always With Me
    by Frida Kahlo
    Virago
    Apr 30, 2019
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
    Hardcover
    You are Always With Me
    by Frida Kahlo
    Virago
    Apr 30, 2019
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
    Hardcover
    Frida Kahlo is regarded as one of Mexico's greatest painters: her extraordinary personal style, her tragic story, her relationship with Diego Rivera (the more famous painter in their day) alongside her passionate paintings have made her a cult figure since she died over sixty years ago.

    But beyond the familiar images there is a private story about a daughter who confided in her beloved mama, Matilde Calderon Kahlo. Until now Frida's handwritten letters have only been available to scholars - and recently in Spanish in a book that appeared in 2016. Now for the first time we have over fifty of these letters in English.

    And what a treasure. Funny, observant and honest, they chart Kahlo's relationship with her mother; a relationship that was sometimes fraught - as with most mother and daughters - but was always alive and honest. They begin in 1923 when Kahlo was sixteen and continue until the death of her mother in 1932. These letters tell us about Kahlo's anxieties, her feelings about her husband and friends and above all reveal the marvelous, critical painter's eye in her description of people and places from Mexico, San Francisco and New York.

    Edited, translated and introduced by Dr. Héctor Jaimes, Professor of Spanish, North Carolina State University (who edited the Spanish version) this book is published with paintings and photographs.
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  6. All the Wrong Places
    by Joy Fielding 'Canada'
    Doubleday Canada
    Mar 12, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Paperback
    All the Wrong Places
    by Joy Fielding 'Canada'
    Doubleday Canada
    Mar 12, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Paperback
    Four women--friends, family, rivals--turn to online dating for companionship, only to run afoul of a tech-savvy killer using an app to target his victims in this thriller from New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding.

    A husband's death, a difficult divorce, a brutal dumping, dissatisfaction with a boring relationship: for various reasons, four women turn to the app "Mr. Right Now," hoping to right-swipe their way to love and happiness.

    Paige and Heather are cousins, locked in a lifelong rivalry that recently culminated in Heather taking Paige's boyfriend for herself, although now Heather isn't quite sure she wants him. Paige's mother, Joan, is trying to get back on her feet after the death of the love of her life two years ago. And Paige's longtime friend, Chloe, is trying to replace an abusive ex-husband as soon as the divorce papers are signed.

    Together, the women are navigating the choppy waters of online dating, until one of them unwittingly makes a date with a killer, starting the clock on a race to save her life.

    New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written a complex, electrifying thriller about friendship, jealousy and passion--a deadly combination.
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  7. The Changeling
    by Gail Gallant 'Canada'
    Doubleday Canada
    Mar 26, 2019
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Paperback
    The Changeling
    by Gail Gallant 'Canada'
    Doubleday Canada
    Mar 26, 2019
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
    Paperback
    In this haunting memoir, Gail Gallant recounts her unbelievable life as a changeling, a child born to replace another.

    When Gail Gallant was five months old, she died. A year later, she was reborn. Or so her mother said.

    The crash occurred on a July night in 1955. The truck hit the Gallant family's car head-on; a few weeks later, newborn baby Gail died from her injuries. Mad with grief, her mother prayed feverishly for Gail's return, convinced that God would bring her child back to her. And when she gave birth within a year to a baby girl who looked identical to her lost child, she believed her prayers had been answered.

    She named that newborn baby Gail.

    In this haunting memoir about having and losing faith, Gail Gallant recounts her awe-inspiring true story of life as a changeling--a child born to replace her deceased baby sister. A middle child in a large Catholic family, Gail embraced the belief that she was especially anointed, a status that was reinforced by her stern, devout mother and distant, hard-drinking father. Babies sometimes die, after all, but she was the one that God had chosen to bring back to life.

    Eventually, this special status--the feeling that she had been singled out by God, and just as importantly, by her mother--became a source of secret anxiety for Gail. Doubt began to cast its shadow. As she grew up, questions plagued her: Why did God save her? What did he want in return? And what if she couldn't live up to his--or her mother's--expectations? What if she wasn't so special after all? Or worse, what if she was a mere imposter, only pretending to be the first Gail, whose life she now lived?

    For this changeling child with a tortured soul, finding her own identity meant wrestling with sainthood and sin alike. As she rewrote her origin story, Gail battled blinding depression and loss of faith. Ultimately, she discovered her own sense of what is extraordinary in becoming simply herself.
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  8. Overrun
    by Andrew Reeves 'Canada'
    ECW Press
    Mar 12, 2019
    SCIENCE / Environmental Science
    Paperback
    Overrun
    by Andrew Reeves 'Canada'
    ECW Press
    Mar 12, 2019
    SCIENCE / Environmental Science
    Paperback

    Intelligent investigative writing meets experiential journalism in this important look at one of North America’s most voraciously invasive species

    Politicians, ecologists, and government wildlife officials are fighting a desperate rearguard action to halt the onward reach of Asian Carp, four troublesome fish now within a handful of miles from entering Lake Michigan. From aquaculture farms in Arkansas to the bayous of Louisiana; from marshlands in Indiana to labs in Minnesota; and from the Illinois River to the streets of Chicago where the last line of defense has been laid to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, Overrun takes us on a firsthand journey into the heart of a crisis. Along the way, environmental journalist Andrew Reeves discovers that saving the Great Lakes is only half the challenge. The other is a radical scientific and political shift to rethink how we can bring back our degraded and ignored rivers and waterways and reconsider how we create equilibrium in a shrinking world.

    With writing that is both urgent and wildly entertaining, Andrew Reeves traces the carp’s explosive spread throughout North America from an unknown import meant to tackle invasive water weeds to a continental scourge that bulldozes through everything in its path.

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  9. The Stranger Diaries
    by Elly Griffiths
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Mar 05, 2019
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
    Hardcover
    The Stranger Diaries
    by Elly Griffiths
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Mar 05, 2019
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
    Hardcover

    International Bestseller

    "This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end."
    People

    “Utterly bewitching…As unforgettable as it is original.”A.J. Finn

    “Goose-bump spooky, smart, and haunting…I loved this book!”Louise Penny

    Death lies between the lines when the events of a dark story start coming true in this haunting modern gothic mystery, perfect for fans ofMagpie Murders andThe Lake House.

    Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favorite literature.

    To make matters worse, the police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her closest confidant, her diary, the only outlet she has for her darkest suspicions and fears about the case. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn't hers, left on the page of an old diary:

    Hallo Clare. You don’t know me.

    Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?

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  10. To Be Equals in Our Own Country
    by Denyse Baillargeon 'Canada'
    UBC Press
    Mar 15, 2019
    POLITICAL SCIENCE / Women in Politics
    Hardcover
    To Be Equals in Our Own Country
    by Denyse Baillargeon 'Canada'
    UBC Press
    Mar 15, 2019
    POLITICAL SCIENCE / Women in Politics
    Hardcover
    “When the history of suffrage is written, the role played by our politicians will cut a sad figure beside that of the women they insulted.” Speaking in 1935, feminist Idola Saint-Jean captured the bitter nature of Quebec women’s prolonged fight for the right to vote. To Be Equals in Our Own Country is a passionate yet even-handed account of the road to suffrage in Quebec, examining women’s political participation since winning the vote in 1940 and comparing their struggle to movements in other countries. This astute exploration of enfranchisement rightly recognizes suffrage as a fundamental question of human rights.
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