Best of the MonthBlood, Bones, and ButterThe Free WorldA Wise Man's FearMy Korean DeliMoonwalking with EinsteinThe InformationThe Cardboard ValiseI Am JA World Without HeroesAnt and Grasshopper

Best Books of the Month

Discover our editors' picks for the best of March

1. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
by Gabrielle Hamilton
3.8 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)
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March 1, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011: Gabrielle Hamilton's memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, is just what a chef's story should be--delectable, dripping with flavor, tinged with adrenaline and years of too-little sleep. What sets Hamilton apart, though, is her ability ... Read more

2. The Free World
The Free World
by David Bezmozgis
4.4 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
March 21, 2011
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“Self-assured, elegant, and perceptive. . . [Bezmozgis] has created an unflinchingly honest, evenhanded and multilayered retelling of the Jewish immigrant story that steadfastly refuses to sentimentalize or malign the Old World or the New. Sholem Aleichem might well feel proud. And perhaps so too might Philip Roth and Leonard Michaels.”—Adam ... Read more

3. The Wise Man's Fear
The Wise Man's Fear
by Patrick Rothfuss
4.4 out of 5 stars (34 customer reviews)
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DAW
March 1, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011: The Wise Man's Fear continues the mesmerizing slow reveal of the story of Kvothe the Bloodless, an orphaned actor who became a fearsome hero before banishing himself to a tiny town in the middle of Newarre. The readers of Patrick Rothfuss's ... Read more

4. My Korean Deli: Risking it All for a Convenience Store
My Korean Deli: Risking it All for a Convenience Store
by BEN RYDER HOWE
3.3 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
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March 1, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011: In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, Ben Ryder Howe, a burned out editor at the Paris Review, spends his days concealing his apathy from his eccentric boss (George Plimpton!), avoiding the short story slush pile, and anticipating the day he will move ... Read more

5. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
by Joshua Foer
3.9 out of 5 stars (21 customer reviews)
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March 8, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011: Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben ... Read more

6. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
by James Gleick
4.8 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews)
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March 1, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011: In a sense, The Information is a book about everything, from words themselves to talking drums, writing and lexicography, early attempts at an analytical engine, the telegraph and telephone, ENIAC, and the ubiquitous computers that followed. But that's just the "History." ... Read more

7. The Cardboard Valise
The Cardboard Valise
by Ben Katchor

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March 15, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011. One of the finest sequences in Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book, that underrated children's classic, concerns "five foot-weary salesmen" resting after a day of "unsuccessfully trying to sell Zizzer-Zoof Seeds, which nobody wants because nobody needs." That's the territory, of melancholy small-time ... Read more



Editor's Picks for Young Readers

I Am JI Am J by Cris Beam

J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible.


A World Without HeroesA World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

ason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly in a place unlike anything he's ever seen, a realm where fear and suspicion prevail--a world without heroes.


Ant and GrasshopperAnt and Grasshopper by Luli Gray and Giuliano Ferri

When Ant spies a carefree Grasshopper playing a fiddle outside on the lawn, he immediately harrumphs at the insect's foolishness and continues to collect food for the winter. But Ant finds Grasshopper's music and whimsy more catchy than he'd like, and soon he's distracted by his own rhyming and doodling!


What We Loved Last Month

Don't miss our recent reviews below for the best books of February.

West of HereWest of Here by Jonathan Evison

Irreverent humor, lustrous prose, and unexpected moments animate the story of Port Bonita, a fictional town in Washington's Olympic peninsula, from its intrepid beginning to its down-on-its-luck present.


Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and FallEndgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady

Published two years after his death, Brady's on-and-off proximity to Bobby Fischer lends new depth to Fischer's full and twisted life story.


A Discovery of WitchesA Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This sparkling debut written by a historian is a heady mix of history and magic, mythology and love, that makes for a luxurious, intoxicating, one-sitting read.


The IlluminationThe Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

When wounds and illnesses, both superficial and severe, begin emitting a beautiful shimmering light, a chain of characters learn to adapt to this unexpected change in Brockmeier's incandescent novel.


The Evolution of Bruno LittlemoreThe Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale

An unlikely narrator, Bruno, is a chimpanzee trying to become a man, who acquires a fervent love of language--and for primatologist, Lydia Littlemore.


When I Grow UpWhen I Grow Up by Al Yankovic

In his debut children’s book, “Weird Al” Yankovic celebrates individuality in an exuberantly odd, rhyming story about an eight-year-old who cannot wait to share what he will be when he grows up.


Amos DaragonAmos Daragon by Bryan Perro

Amos Daragon's life changes forever the day a mermaid gives him a mask capable of harnessing the strength of the wind—and appoints Amos as the new Mask Wearer.


DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver

In a dystopian future where Love is universally considered a disease, seventeen-year-old Lena meets Alex, a charismatic outsider, who draws her into a world of romance, passion, and freedom.