10 Must-Read Books for March 2016

With each passing year, it seems more and more that publishing front-loads its calendar with quality works of fiction and nonfiction, to the extent that the end-of-the-year literary blockbuster model — publishing’s version of Oscar season — means less. This March, in particular, will see the publication of sure-to-be-discussed nonfiction books, like Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies; likely lit nonfiction sleeper hits, like A Murder Over a Girl; and a run of emotionally and intellectually demanding fictions by young writers who are coming into their prime — the works of Helen Oyeyemi, Danielle Dutton, and Karan Mahajan come immediately to mind. If you’ve been asleep on books so far this year, it’s time to wake up. 

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Ken Corbett — A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High (March 1, Henry Holt)

In 2008, at a junior high school in California, a white youth shot and killed fifteen-year-old Larry King, a brown student who was in the early stages of identifying as Leticia. Ken Corbett, a clinical assistant professor at NYU, flew there to attend the trial, and his resulting study, an unsettling book of clear-eyed empathy, one praised by Tony Kushner and Judith Butler, tells the story that our failing legal system and dehumanized media refused to tell.