The Best New Book Releases Out March 5, 2024

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Erica Ezeifedi

Associate Editor

Erica Ezeifedi, Associate Editor, is a transplant from Nashville, TN that has settled in the North East. In addition to being a writer, she has worked as a victim advocate and in public libraries, where she has focused on creating safe spaces for queer teens, mentorship, and providing test prep instruction free to students. Outside of work, much of her free time is spent looking for her next great read and planning her next snack. Find her on Twitter at @Erica_Eze_.

And just like that, it’s Women’s History Month. Start off the month’s learnings with the books mentioned in Danika Ellis’ roundup and the new release Suffrage Song by Caitlin Cass — a graphic nonfiction account that looks at gender, race, and class under the context of women attaining equal rights in the United States.

If horror is more your speed, there’s Korean gothic horror The Invisible Hotel by Yeji Y. Ham, and “suburban ghost story” The Haunting of Velkwood by Gwendolyn Kiste.

This week also has a few releases by heavy-hitting, bestselling authors. There’s the romantasy The Prisoner’s Throne by Holly Black, and mystery-thriller Murder Road by Simone St. James. And below, there are new books by Tana French, RuPaul, Helen Oyeyemi, and others.

cover of Anita de Monte Laughs Last

Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez

Rising art world star Anita de Monte is found dead in New York City in the ’80s, and her death quickly fades into yesterday. But when third-year art student Raquel — who feels like an outsider amongst the other, mostly white and privileged students — stumbles upon the details of Anita’s life, she finds the slain woman’s story feels eerily similar to her own.

a graphic of the cover of The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir by RuPaul

The House of Hidden Meanings by RuPaul

RuPaul had already made a name for himself as a premier drag queen and entertainer before the first episode of Drag Race. But since the show started, he’s become more iconic and has helped usher in a new era of Drag. Here, he offers a more intimate side of himself, detailing his life growing up as a queer Black kid in California, his time as a punk in Atlanta and New York, and how he found self-acceptance.

cover of Thunder Song

Thunder Song: Essays by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe

Though this is a collection of essays rather than a straight memoir (the author does have a memoir as well: Red Paint), it still gets into LaPointe’s experiences as a queer Indigenous woman. With a very punk spirit, the help of her family archives, and her great-grandmother’s anthropological work, LaPointe picks apart narratives surrounding Indigenous people, analyzes cultural displacement, and critiques environmental destruction.

cover of The Hunter by Tana French; image of a white farmhouse under an orange sky

The Hunter by Tana French

The Queen of Irish detective fiction is back with another Cal Hooper entry, but as with a lot of other detective fiction, I don’t think you necessarily have to have read the first in the series to enjoy this one. Here, Cal retires from the Chicago PD early and moves to the Irish countryside to find quiet. He gets the peace he’s looking for and more — he, local woman Lena, and Lena’s troubled teen daughter Trey start to form what feels like a supportive family. But then Trey’s trifling biological father, Johnny, shows up with a scheme to get rich, and everything goes south. The delicate, newly formed connections of Cal’s family are threatened by a search for gold that turns into a search for a killer.

cover of Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi

Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi

Award-winning Oyeyemi’s latest is an experimental stack of narrative on narrative. Here, Prague is a living, changing city, which writer Hero Tojosoa is invited to by her sort of ex-friend Sofie. On her way there, she brings an interesting book — Paradoxical Undressing — whose narrative changes each time you open it. She’s not the only one with this shape-shifting novel; the woman whose name she uses as her pen name — Dorothea Gilman — also has it. Well, Dorothea is also in Prague, and as the wacky narrative shifts and turns, tensions between Hero, Sofie, and Dorothea come to a head.

cover of Say Hello to My Little Friend  Jennine Capo Crucet

Say Hello to My Little Friend by Jennine Capó Crucet

Listen, if I said I ever expected a book’s official blurb to say “Scarface meets Moby Dick,” I’d be lying. Saying that description didn’t immediately intrigue me would also be a lie, but the treats don’t stop there. Izzy is a Pitbull impersonator living in the 305 (Miami, Florida, to the uninitiated) who gets hit with a letter from the rapper’s legal team and immediately has to change his career plans. So, he falls back on his old goal: to become the next Tony Montana. In his quest, he becomes taken with the idea that Lolita, the captive orca at the local aquarium, should be the pet tiger to his Tony Montana. As he tries to get her, the perspective shifts between his and Lolita’s, as they both remember being separated from their families at sea.

Other Book Riot New Releases Resources:

  • All the Books, our weekly new book releases podcast, where Liberty and a cast of co-hosts talk about eight books out that week that we’ve read and loved.
  • The New Books Newsletter, where we send you an email of the books out this week that are getting buzz.
  • Finally, if you want the real inside scoop on new releases, you have to check out Book Riot’s New Release Index! That’s where I find 90% of new releases, and you can filter by trending books, Rioters’ picks, and even LGBTQ new releases!