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The Best New Books to Read This March

Four standout new releases of the month-and one old favorite to revisit.
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This month, dive into a newsy account of what goes on behind the scenes of America's first family, devour a novel about the hilarious habits of one over-the-top Seattle family, try a biography of a forgotten Hollywood hero, learn about how flowers can improve your life, or revisit a literary mystery that's making its way to the big screen later this year. 

Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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Town & Country contributor Vicky Ward's latest investigative deep dive takes on Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and looks at their privileged (and sometimes troubled) upbringings, their lives before the White House, and the impact they're both having on America both at home and abroad. 

Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe: A Novel

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This debut from Evan James brings the classic comedy of manners into the 21st century. The smart, snappy novel follows a well-to-do Seattle family as their efforts to overhaul a house on the Puget Sound bring a menagerie of unforgettable characters into their midst and create a confusing, hilarious, and very memorable series of misunderstandings. 

The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

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If you loved Hidden Figures, you’ll love this much-overdue biography of Disney’s first female animator, and Hollywood’s only woman (still) to design a monster for a major motion picture. The book uncovers the lost history of Milicent Patrick, who in 1954 designed the iconic aquatic monster for the film Creature From the Black Lagoon. Patrick’s name has been largely removed from film history, but in reconstructing her life and work, this book brings her into sharp focus—and questions why women are still denied opportunities in the industry.

Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers

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Peek inside the world of top interior designers, decorators, and flower experts who show you how to make blooms a part of your everyday, and elevated, life. With advice from the likes of Charlotte Moss and Bunny Williams, you’ll pick up tips on how to put together a table, liven up overlooked interior spaces, and use botanical accents in wall treatments, fabrics, and more. This gorgeously photographed book will sit well on your coffee table—next to the hand-cut bouquet you arranged yourself.

Motherless Brooklyn

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It’s the 20th anniversary of this captivating detective story, centered around a protagonist with Tourette’s Syndrome who is determined to find out who killed his mob boss (and only friend). More than a typical thriller, the book drew praise for the originality of its language as well as its masterful plot. Brush up before the film version—starring Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis, and Willem Dafoe—comes out this fall.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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