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Mount Terminus (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $26)By David GrandGrand’s first novel in over a decade follows a boy and his father across the American West into the fledgling city of 19th century Los Angeles. The boy’s father installs the family of two by a desert spring, striving to isolate him and his son from Los Angeles society, until the discovery of a half-brother complicates his plans.Out: March 4
I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 (Blue Rider Press, hardcover, $26)By Annabelle GurwitchGurwitch, an actress and columnist, has faced the vicissitudes of midlife and responded with her latest collection of essays. After reading I See You Made An Effort, comedian Richard Lewis declared, “I think there is a middle-aged woman’s body trying to break out of me.” Out: March 6
Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California (Sobersvoce Press, paperback, $20)Edited by Robert Kett and Anna Kryczka Learning by Doing at the Farm reflects on an open-air social experiment conducted by the University of California, Irvine, where craftspeople from Guatemala, Mexico, and Samoa rubbed elbows in California during the turbulent 1960s. Out: March 1
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival (Ecco, hardcover, $28)By Peter StarkLess than a decade after Lewis and Clark embarked on the Corps of Discovery, a lesser known (yet far bloodier) expedition occurred: the attempt to found the settlement of Fort Astoria on the Columbia River. The plan was concocted by two hegemons of early American society, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson.Out: March 4
Boy, Snow, Bird(Riverhead Hardcover, hardcover, $28)By Helen Oyeyemi Boy Novak leaves New York for a small town in Massachusetts, where she soon marries a widower and becomes stepmother to his daughter, Snow. The birth of Boy and her husband’s dark-skin child reveals that she and her husband are light-skinned African Americans who have misled their community into believing they are white. This is the fifth novel for Oyeyemi, who has yet to reach 30. Out: March 6
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