“The Sum of Us,” “Every Day Is a Gift,” and 51 Other Exceptional Titles | Starred Reviews, Mar. 2021

Essential titles reviewed in our March 2021 print issue, spanning mystery & suspense, sf/fantasy, romance, fiction, self-help, social sciences, science and technology, and more.









Andrews, Brian & Jeffrey Wilson. Sons of Valor. Blackstone.

Fields, Tricia. The Drummers. Severn House.

Manansala, Mia P. Arsenic and Adobo. Berkley.

Munier, Paula. The Hiding Place. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Siger, Jeffrey. A Deadly Twist. Poisoned Pen: Sourcebooks.



Chambers, Becky. The Galaxy, and the Ground Within. Harper Voyager.

Dewes, J. S. The Last Watch. Tor.

Hall, Kerstin. Star Eater. Tor.com.

Lyons, Jenn. The House of Always. Tor.

Pinsker, Sarah. We Are Satellites. Berkley.

Sayers, Constance. The Ladies of the Secret Circus. Redhook: Orbit.



Caldwell, Christi. Someone Wanton His Way Comes. Montlake Romance: Amazon.



Cusk, Rachel. Second Place. Farrar.

De Kerangal, Maylis.  Painting Time.  Farrar

Dennis, Amanda. Her Here. Bellevue Literary Press.

Scottoline, Lisa. Eternal. Putnam.



Freeman, Aaron & Jocelyn Freeman. The Argument Hangover: Empowering Couples To Fight Smarter and Overcome Communication Pitfalls. Skyhook.



Akyol, Mustafa. Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance. St. Martin’s Essentials.

DiCaro, Julie. Sidelined. Dutton.

Perron, Cam & Nick Chiles. Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Greatest Living Negro League Baseball Players. Gallery.

Rosser, Kareem. Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever. St. Martin’s Press.

Sze, Arthur. The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems. Copper Canyon.

Thompson, Richard. Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967–1975. Algonquin.



Alexander, Brian. The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town. St. Martin’s.

Barclay, Jenifer L. The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America. Univ. of Illinois.

Baszile, Natalie. We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy. Amistad: HarperCollins.

Brennan, Timothy. Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said. Farrar.

Brown, Emma. To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood. Atria.

Cox, Karen L. No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice. Univ. of North Carolina.

Duckworth, Tammy. Every Day Is a Gift. Twelve.

Dyja, Thomas. New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation. S. & S.

Frangello, Gina. Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason. Counterpoint.

Harden, Blaine. Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West. Viking.

Hirono, Mazie K. Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story. Viking.

Jelly-Schapiro, Joshua. Names of New York: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future through Its Place-Names. Pantheon.

McGhee, Heather. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. One World.



Hiss, Tony. Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land To Heal the Earth. Knopf.

Kalb, Claudia. Spark. National Geographic.

Meiburg, Jonathan. A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey. Knopf.

Metz, Cade. Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World. Dutton.

Nijhuis, Michelle. Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction. Norton.

Schillace, Brandy. Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist, and the Quest To Transplant the Soul. S. & S.

Tyson, Neil DeGrasse & James Trefil. Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. National Geographic.

Zimmer, Carl. Life’s Edge. Dutton.



Information: A Historical Companion. Princeton Univ.

The Islam Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained. DK.

Ryrie, Alec (text) & Malcolm Swanston (illus.). Christianity: A Historical Atlas. Belknap: Belknap.



Backman, Frederik. Anxious People. S. & S. Audio.

Bittman, Mark. Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal. HMH Audio.

Hawkins, Rachel. The Wife Upstairs. Macmillan Audio.

Johnson, Kim. This Is My America. Listening Library.

LaCour, Nina. Watch Over Me. Listening Library.

Willig, Lauren. Band of Sisters. HarperAudio.

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