Literairyland: March 26-April 1, 2024

This week's hot 🔥 new books, writer birthdays, and more.

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This Week’s Hot 🔥 New Fiction

Mystery & Thriller

How to Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin

Logline: For fans of Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club, an enormously fun mystery about a woman who spends her entire life trying to prevent her foretold murder only to be proven right sixty years later, when she is found dead in her sprawling country estate.... Now it's up to her great-niece to catch the killer.

Publisher: Dutton

The Truth About the Devlins by Lisa Scottoline

Logline: Lisa Scottoline, the #1 bestselling author of What Happened to the Bennetts, presents another pulse-pounding domestic thriller about family, justice, and the lies that tear us apart.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons


The Angel of Indian Lake by Stephen Graham Jones

Logline: The final installment in the most lauded trilogy in the history of horror novels picks up four years after Don't Fear the Reaper as Jade returns to Proofrock, Idaho, to build a life after the years of sacrifice--only to find the Lake Witch is waiting for her in New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones's finale.

Publisher: Saga Press

Lost Man's Lane by Scott Carson

Logline: A teenager explores the darkness hidden within his hometown in this spellbinding.

Publisher: Atria Books


All the World Beside by Garrard Conley

Logline: From the New York Times bestselling author of Boy Erased, an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the love story between two men in Puritan New England.

Publisher: Riverhead Books


The Other Side of Disappearing: A Touching Modern Love Story by Kate Clayborn

Logline: From the acclaimed author of Georgie, All Along and Love Lettering, a pitch-perfect, radiantly transporting love story about an unexpected road trip, true crime obsessions, and hard won vulnerability...

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Company


Worry by Alexandra Tanner

Logline: Frances Ha meets No One Is Talking About This in a debut that follows two siblings-turned-roommates navigating an absurd world on the verge of calamity--a Seinfeldian novel of existentialism and sisterhood.

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

Monsters We Have Made by Lindsay Starck

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Logline: A poignant and evocative novel that explores the bounds of familial love, the high stakes of parenthood, and the tenuous divide between fiction and reality.

Publisher: Vintage

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This Week’s Hot 🔥 New Nonfiction


There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension by Hanif Abdurraqib

Logline: A poignant, personal reflection on basketball, life, and home--from the author of the National Book Award finalist A Little Devil in America.

Publisher: Random House

Pieces of a Girl by Stephanie Kuehnert

Logline: A raw and bold memoir about abuse and addiction, and the power of expression and community that helped Stephanie Kuehnert, the author of Ballads of Suburbia and regular Rookie contributor, survive and thrive.

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Rabbit Heart: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Story by Kristine S. Ervin

Logline: For readers of My Dark Places and The Fact of a Body, a beautiful, brutal memoir documenting one woman's search for identity alongside her family's decades-long quest to identify the two men who abducted--and murdered--her mother.

Publisher: Counterpoint LLC


Takeover: Hitler's Final Rise to Power by Timothy W. Ryback

Logline: From the internationally acclaimed author of Hitler's Private Library, a dramatic recounting of the six critical months before Adolf Hitler seized power, when the Nazi leader teetered between triumph and ruin.

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group


Space Oddities: The Mysterious Anomalies Challenging Our Understanding of the Universe by Harry Cliff

Logline: Experimental physicist at CERN and acclaimed science presenter Harry Cliff offers an eye-opening account of the inexplicable phenomena that science has only recently glimpsed, and that could transform our understanding of the fundamental nature of reality.

Publisher: Doubleday Books

Mental Health

The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness by Jonathan Haidt

Logline: From New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Coddling of the American Mind, an essential investigation into the collapse of youth mental health--and a plan for a healthier, freer childhood.

Publisher: Penguin Press

Urban Planning

A Paradise of Small Houses: The Evolution, Devolution, and Potential Rebirth of Urban Housing by Max Podemski

Logline: From the Haitian-style "shotgun" houses of the 19th century to the lavish high-rises of the 21st century, a walk through the streets of America's neighborhoods that reveals the rich history--and future--of urban housing.

Publisher: Beacon Press


Says Who?: A Kinder, Funner Usage Guide for Everyone Who Cares About Words by Anne Curzan

Logline: A kinder, funner usage guide to the ever-changing English language and a useful tool for both the grammar stickler and the more colloquial user of English, from linguist and veteran professor Anne Curzan.

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Bookish Trivia 🤔

Today is Tennessee Williams' birthday. What city, where the playwright grew up, did he call "cold, smug, complacent, intolerant, stupid and provincial" in a 1947 interview?

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This Week’s Literary Birthdays & Events

March 26

  • Élémir Bourges

  • Gregory Corso

  • Vine Deloria, Jr.

  • Robert Frost

  • A.E. Housman

  • Erica Jong

  • Natsuhiko Kyogoku

  • Ursula Parrott

  • Jacqueline de Romilly

  • Hwang Sun-won

  • Patrick Süskind

  • Tennessee Williams

  • Bob Woodward

March 27

  • Michael Aris

  • Shūsaku Endō

  • Dick King-Smith

  • Roland Leighton

  • Charles Mackay

  • Heinrich Mann

  • Henri Murger

  • Frank O'Hara

  • Ai Qing

  • Louis Simpson

  • Thorne Smith

  • Marie Under

  • Alfred de Vigny

  • Stefan Wul

  • Lajos Zilahy

March 28

  • Nelson Algren

  • Byrd Baylor

  • Marc Brandel

  • A. Bertram Chandler

  • Iris Chang

  • Marianne Fredriksson

  • Maxim Gorky

  • Bohumil Hrabal

  • Jayne Ann Krentz

  • Mario Vargas Llosa

  • Benjamin Percy

  • Everett Ruess

  • Jennifer Weiner

  • Lauren Weisberger

March 29

  • Ernest Cline

  • Reed Farrel Coleman

  • Elizabeth Hand

  • Glen David Gold

  • Yvan Goll

  • Judith Guest

  • Jo Nesbø

  • Alec Wilkinson

March 30

  • Milton Acorn

  • Martina Cole

  • Jean Giono

  • Tobias Hill

  • Anna Sewell

  • Tom Sharpe

  • Paul Verlaine

March 31

  • Mary Boykin Chesnut

  • Mary Abigail Dodge

  • Bert Fields

  • Vardis Fisher

  • Nikolai Gogol

  • John Jakes

  • Dagmar Lange

  • Octavio Paz

  • Marge Piercy

  • E.R. Ramzipoor

  • Judith Rossner

April 1

  • Finola Austin

  • Samuel R. Delany

  • Milan Kundera

  • William Manchester

  • Anne McCaffrey

  • Brad Meltzer

  • Antoine François Prévost

  • Edmond Rostand

  • Mark Shulman

  • Jesmyn Ward

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