Pick It Up in Paperback: March 2014

More 2013 reads are headed out in paperback this month, including a few of my favorites! 

Equilateral by Ken Kalfus (March 4th)
Ken Kalfus’ Equilateral is set in 1894, where British astronomer Sanford Thayer has spent several years working toward the construction of a massive equilateral triangle in Egypt. Thayer has come to believe that the triangle has the ability to communicate with living beings on Mars if completed and set aflame on a specific date, allowing the planets to properly align. [Full Review]

Tampa by Alyssa Nutting (March 4th)
Alissa Nutting’s novel centers on Celeste Price, a first-year teacher with an intense sexual obsession with young teenage boys. With eerie precision, Celeste aligns each piece of her life to meet her sexual demands; she is well provided for by her wealthy husband and able to take a job teaching eighth grade English to scout potential prey. As the school year progresses, she lures her student Jack into a secret relationship, inching closer to exposure each day. [Full Review]

The Unwinding by George Packer (March 4th)
An examination of the history of the United States over the past three decades, exposing the gradual weakening systems of what was once a great superpower. Packer follows a handful of anchor figures through The Unwinding – a biodiesel entrepreneur, a lobbyist, the man who helped create PayPal, a laid-off factory worker turned community organizer – but also peeks at famous Americans like Newt Gingrich and Oprah. What he winds up creating is a fascinating patchwork of America, linked together by successes and, increasingly, struggles.

Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain (March 5th)
In September 2001, twenty year-old Justin St. Germain receives news that his mother has been shot and killed in her Tombstone, Arizona trailer. Though evidence and witnesses are scarce, it appears that Debbie St. Germain’s death came at the hands of her fifth husband, who quickly vanished, leaving behind Justin and his brother as the family’s remains. [Full Review]

The Returned by Jason Mott (March 25th)
What if the people we have loved and lost were able to come back to us? In Jason Mott’s The Returned, they do. Across the world, people are returning to Earth just as they were before their deaths with seemingly no pattern or reason. After spending decades adjusting to the loss of their 8 year old son, Jacob, in 1966, Harold and Lucille Hargrave are both disheartened and thrilled to see their child re-appear at their door. But not everyone in the Hargrave’s small town, or the rest of the world world, is willing to welcome the returned with open arms. Communities are soon pushed to the brink, forced to sort out the true meaning of humanity. [Full Review]

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (March 25th)
The Interestings centers on Jules, Ash, Ethan, Goodman and Jonah; a group of teenagers who meet at a summer camp for the artistically gifted in the mid-1970’s. Though their backgrounds and talents are varied, their time at the camp creates a bond that will keep them together throughout the stages of adulthood. [Full Review]

What paperback releases are you excited to read this month?


  • I really need to get to Equilateral sometime, it’s been sitting beside my bed for far too long

  • March is such a great month for paperbacks! I really want to read Equilateral and The Interestings. And how delightful is the Tampa cover?! I’m never going to look at a buttonhole without blushing again.

    Americanah also came out in paperback yesterday! I’m thinking of picking up a copy tomorrow — and maybe some of these as well!

  • A few of those I’m feeling like… whaaaa?! Paperback already?! haha Time flies!

  • Tanya M

    I would like to read The Returned, Thanks for letting me know its out on paperback.

  • Jennine G.

    Woo hoo for The Interestings and The Returned! I have them both on hold as ebook through my library, but pick at least one of them up in paperback.

  • Words for Worms

    I keep seeing the promos for Resurrected and thinking I really need to read The Returned.

  • Jennifer Smeth

    Great list! I’m seeing Meg Wolitzer later this month for the PB launch of The INTERESTINGS!