Well Read: 5 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down This March

Best books to read in March 2019

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Reading is undeniably a key wellness practice—and one that many of us have ignored for far too long. It's proven to build empathy, reduce stress, and even lessen sugar cravings (yes, really!). With that in mind, we're excited to share Well Read, a column that curates the absolute best fiction and narrative nonfiction picks of the month. Here's what you should read this March. (Want more Well Read? You can find our past picks here.)

The New Me by Halle Butler

If you loved last year's hit My Year of Rest and Relaxation, this new biting satire, from newcomer Halle Butler, will make you laugh and shake your head. Millie, the main character, is 30 years old and lives in New York City. She hates her job, her friends, and most people she comes into contact with. The book dives deep into the idea of millennial burnout that has been a viral topic of conversation as of late; many readers will identify with Butler's psychologically astute yet somewhat hopeless inner monologue. You'll also either love or hate the surprising ending. The New Me by Halle Butler (March 5)


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Perhaps the most buzzed-about book among the New York publishing set, Daisy Jones & the Six has already garnered advanced praise from Reese Witherspoon, who has already optioned it for a 13-episode Amazon series. Using the format of an oral history to chronicle the rise and fall of a fictional 1970s band, Daisy Jones is energetic, emotionally fraught, and filled with some of the most memorable, fun, flawed, and deeply real characters in recent novel history. You'll fall in love, you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll analyze some of the more vulnerable parts of yourself—and the ending will leave you in a puddle of satisfied tears. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (March 5)


The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by Lisa See

Many women have dreamed of a matriarchal society, but Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, actually live in one. The women, including Mi-ja and Young-sook, work as part of the village's all-female diving collective, while the men stay home and make meals (although they also retain all property rights and often gamble away the women's wages). A book primarily about the resonance of female friendships, it also explores the dynamics of power—between the Japanese, who control Jeju in the mid-1900s, when the book takes place; between men and women; between people and nature, and the immensity of the sea. A beautifully written trip into a little-known world. The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by Lisa See (March 5)


The Volunteer: A Novel by Salvatore Scibona

The long-awaited second novel from National Book Award finalist Salvatore Scibona, The Volunteer is a grand, sweeping novel for those interested in how trauma moves through generations. Beginning in 2010 with a child abandoned in a German airport, the story jumps back to 1960s Vietnam, where Vollie Frade is a Marine volunteer. While serving, Frade is recruited for a mysterious mission in Queens, which eventually leads him to a free love commune in New Mexico, where he comes upon a new family. Featuring what feels like 10 different types of novel in one and packed with Scibona's signature lyrical prose, the book explores the choices in our power and those that aren't, and the impact of both on the long narrative of our lives. A memorable book for literary fiction lovers keen to explore their ability to write their own destiny. The Volunteer: A Novel by Salvatore Scibona (March 5)


The DNA of You and Me: A Novel by Andrea Rothman

Emily suffered from allergies that made it hard for her to go outside as a child; instead, she immersed herself in science, a path that led to her adult career trying to figure out the genes responsible for our sense of smell. The book gets points for a solid portrayal of a woman unapologetically succeeding in the male-dominated STEM industry, and the emotional resonance of Emily's lonely childhood will strike anyone who has experienced limiting ailments. And—yes—there's a love story, and it's a good one. A fun, well-written debut. The DNA of You and Me: A Novel by Andrea Rothman (March 12)

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