From epics on The Replacements to YA reads about teenage film buffs, here are the best new books out this month.

By Isabella Biedenharn and Christian Holub
March 04, 2016 at 12:59 PM EST

Ah, March! The month that sounds like it should be spring, but still feels like winter. Given the lingering chill, we recommend supplementing your continued hibernation with one (or all, if you’re ambitious) of these fabulous new reads, out this month.

Rebecca Traister, All the Single Ladies

One of the best feminist journalists out there dives into the world of unmarried women — and traces the way singledom correlates with massive social change in fascinating ways. (Mar. 1)

Bob Mehr, Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements

The Replacements are one of those bands you know even if you think you’ve never heard them. Their vivid blend of youthful rage, smart ass wit, and deeply-felt sadness has proved influential for a wide number of modern rock bands. Here, veteran music journalist Bob Mehr masterfully compiles dozens of interviews to form the definitive history of The Replacements’ rise and fall, telling their story with the same mix of pathos and humor that makes their music unforgettable. (Mar. 1)

Helen Oyeyemi, What is Not Yours is Not Yours

Reviewing the Boy, Snow, Bird author’s first short-story collection, EW’s Stephan Lee notes, “Oyeyemi captures the off-kilter fairy-tale magic of her 2014 masterwork, Boy, Snow, Bird,” and that she “writes with mastery, sometimes keeping her prose sparse and declarative only to unleash a bounty of description and humor a sentence later.” (Mar. 8)

Jonathan Abrams, Boys Among Men: How the Prep-To-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution

Grantland may be gone, but luckily its writers continue to work. Jonathan Abrams was always one of the sports site’s best reporters, masterfully compiling oral histories on topics as complex as the 2004 Pacers-Pistons brawl. Abrams puts all his reporting skills to work in this definitive history of the generation of basketball players who went directly from high school to the NBA. The impact of this movement is still being debated today, and Abrams’ colorful history will likely prove a helpful tool. (Mar. 15)

Helen Simonson, The Summer Before the War 

The latest offering from the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand traces a love story in a small English town just before World War I begins. (Mar. 22)

Tony Cliff, Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling

EW’s Design Director (and resident graphic novel expert) Tim Leong calls Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk a female Indiana Jones. We’ll add that she might be just the heroine you’ve been looking for after spending all your money seeing Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens a few too many times. (Mar. 22)

Lee Smith, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life

In Smith’s memoir, told through 15 essays, she reflects on the culture of the Appalachian mountains where she was raised — a setting that has featured prominently in her oeuvre — like the dimestore her father owned, full of customers brimming with stories that inspired Smith to tell her own. (Mar. 22)

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Nest

In this hilarious family saga, a group of adult siblings find their futures uncertain when they realize the shared inheritance they’ve been counting on might have been drained by their reckless older brother. (Mar. 22)

Tim Federle, The Great American Whatever

The author of middle-grade award-winners Better Nate Than Never and Five, Six, Seven, Nate! makes his YA debut with the story of a film buff named Quinn Roberts, who’s been sleepwalking through life since losing his sister in a tragic accident. (Mar. 29)

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