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What to Read Now: March 2020

Every so often, we like to round up what we’re reading (or hoping to read) this month. March is a great reading month: it’s the tail end of winter, there’s still the occasional chilly day, and things are just generally pretty grey and dreary outside.

Instead of dreading the wintery Pittsburgh weather, make yourself a cup of tea, cancel your Friday night plans, and get started on one of these must-reads.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong
This debut novel from poet Ocean Vuong tells the story of Little Dog, a young Vietnamese-American boy growing up with an abusive, mentally ill mother. It’s equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring, as Little Dog discovers his family’s history and a love for writing.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker – Damon Young
Acclaimed (and Pittsburgh-based!) author Damon Young explores his own neuroses through the lens of being black in modern American society in this collection of essays.

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The Year of the Monkey – Patti Smith
If you loved Patti Smith’s Just Kids, M Train and other novels as much as we did, this one should be at the top of your list. In her latest, Smith experiments with dreams and reality as she documents a year of traveling and touring.

Killing Commendatore – Haruki Murakami
In his latest, Murakami explores his beloved world of magical realism — including familiar themes like a lost, young girl and a portal to another world — as a recently divorced painter moves to a mysterious house on a mountain and meets the people living nearby.

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