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Did you know that we are already 10 days into Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day was just 2 days ago?! Well, if don’t know, now you know. Here at Reel Literature, we are marking the holiday in a bookish way by sharing new March 2017 books from women writers where you will hopefully find your next great read!

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. (March 7, Abrams ComicArts)

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

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Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South–to spy for the Union Army. Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet–risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia. Two undercover agents who share a common cause–and an undeniable attraction–Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost–even if it means losing each other. (March 28, Kensington)

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh comes the definitive guide to being a bawse in one of the most anticipated March 2017 books. Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success. (March 28, Ballantine Books)

The Polygamist’s Daughter by Leslie Wilson

The haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult–a radical branch of Mormonism–Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone. She escaped when she was thirteen…but the nightmare was far from over. (March 21, Tyndale House Publishers)

The Princess and the Page by Christina Farley

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A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But Keira’s mom is unable to face the truth of the family’s history because the Word Weavers have been hunted for generations for their power. And so, she forbids Keira to write. Oblivious to the family’s secret ability, and angry at her mom’s rule of no fictional writing, Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen and uses it to write a story for the Girls’ World fairy tale contest, believing it will bring her good luck. But when Keira decides to have her fairy tale reflect her family’s imperfect life, and has the princess in her story vanquished to a dark tower for eternity, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after. (March 28, Scholastic Press)

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away. (March 7, Crown)

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true. Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rules–about work, about love, and about womanhood. (March 14, Random House)

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell

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Helen Moran is a thirty-two years old, single, childless, college-educated, and partially employed as a guardian of troubled young people in New York. She’s accepting a delivery from IKEA in her shared studio apartment when her uncle calls to break the news: Helen’s adoptive brother is dead. Helen knows that she alone is qualified to launch a serious investigation into his death, so she purchases a one-way ticket to Milwaukee. There, as she searches her childhood home and attempts to uncover why someone would choose to die, she will face her estranged family, her brother’s few friends, and the overzealous grief counselor, Chad Lambo; she may also discover what it truly means to be alive. (March 14, McSweeney’s)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate, the first automobile any of them have seen, and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking, as well as the remote Akha people. (March 21, Scribner)

You Are Here by Jenny Lawson

When Jenny Lawson is anxious, one of the things she does is to draw. Elaborate doodles, beautiful illustrations, often with captions that she posts online. At her signings, fans show up with printouts of these drawings for Jenny to autograph. And inevitably they ask her when will she publish a whole book of them. That moment has arrived in this most interactive of the March 2017 books. A combination of inspiration, therapy, coloring, humor, and advice, You Are Here is filled with Jenny’s amazingly intricate illustrations, all on perforated pages that can be easily torn out, hung up, and shared. Drawing on the tenets of art therapy–which you can do while hiding in the pillow fort under your bed. Some of the material is dark, some is light; some is silly and profane and irreverent. Gathered together, this is life, happening right now, all around, in its messy glory, as only Jenny Lawson could show us. (March 7, Flatiron Books)

Your Turn

So…how do you celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day? Which of the March 2017 books on our list are you adding to your TBR? Which women writers are you currently reading? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    So I haven’t read any of these but I do want to read Bawse because I LOVE Lilly’s channel and I admire her so much. 😍 And I read a lot of YA books by women authors so that’s fantastic. <3 I meant to do a post myself about Women's Month, so I must get onto that hahah. I loved this!

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