Marching Orders List

I am looking forward to March for many reasons. March is the St. Patrick’s Day road race. I don’t talk about it as much here as I do over there, but I am excited all the same. March is my mental month of turning a corner. Winter is making a subtle exit out the back door and spring is just about to come knocking. This is the time of year when I look to flowers and gardens and growth. And speaking of growth, here are the books:

  1. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin* (April)
  2. Andorra by Peter Cameron (November)
  3. Any Four Women Can Rob the Bank of Italy by Ann Cornelisen (November)
  4. Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler (July)
  5. Art Student’s War by Brad Leithauser (May)
  6. Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman (September)
  7. Beaufort by Ron Leshem* (November)
  8. Beirut Blues by Hanan al-Shaykh (August)
  9. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks* (June)
  10. Black Lamb and Gray Falcon by Rebecca West (July)
  11. Bluebird Canyon by Dan McCall (September)
  12. Call It Sleep by Henry Roth (May)
  13. Captain Sir Richard Burton by Edward Rice (October)
  14. Caroline’s Daughters by Alice Adams (August)
  15. Cradle of Gold by Christopher Heaney (November)
  16. Culture of Disbelief by Stephen Carter (October)
  17. Dancer with Bruised Knees by Lynne McFall (June)
  18. Dark Sun by Richard Rhodes (July)
  19. Earthly Possessions by Anne Tyler (June)
  20. Eye of the World by Robert Jordan* (October)
  21. Faith Fox by Jane Gardam* (July)
  22. First Man by Albert Camus (June)
  23. Fordlandia by Greg Gandin (August)
  24. Georges’ Wife by Elizabeth Jolley (April)
  25. Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee (August)
  26. Grass Dancer by Susan Power (November)
  27. Hall of a Thousand Columns by Tim Mackintosh-Smith (July)
  28. History Man by Malcolm Bradbury (September)
  29. House of Morgan by Ron Chernow (April)
  30. In a Strange City by Laura Lippman (October)
  31. Inside Passage by Michael Modselewski (June)
  32. Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg by H.R.F. Keating (May)
  33. Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott* (May)
  34. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (August)
  35. Long Way From Home by Frederick Busch (August)
  36. Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan (May)
  37. Raw Silk by Janet Burroway (September)
  38. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro* (August)
  39. Rose Cafe by John Hanson Mitchell (April)
  40. Rose of Martinique by Andrea Stuart (June)
  41. Thousand Ways to Please a Husband by Weaver/LeCron (September)
  42. Winners and Losers by Martin Quigley (April)
  43. You Get What You Pay For by Larry Beinhart (November)

*Planned as audio books

Here are the many, many books that are on the list for this March:

  1. Angels Weep by Wilbur Smith
  2. Careless Love by Peter Gurlink
  3. Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan*
  4. Flower and the Nettle by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  5. Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman (March)
  6. ADDED: Life in the Air Ocean by Sylvia Foley
  7. ADDED: Running for Mortals by John Bingham
  8. ADDED: Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald
  9. ADDED: Run or Die by Kilian Jornet


  1. After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat
  2. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow*
  3. Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. Benjamin Franklin: an American Life by Walter Isaacson
  5. Bring Me a Unicorn by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  6. Cabin Fever by Elizabeth Jolley
  7. Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
  8. Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder
  9. Falcon Flies by Wilbur Smith*
  10. Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
  11. Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  12. It Looked Like Forever by Mark Harris
  13. Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralink
  14. Men of Men by Wilbur Smith
  15. Now Read This II by Nancy Pearl
  16. Ocean of Words by Ha Jin
  17. Palladian Days by Sally Gable*
  18. Professor and the Housekeeper by Yoko Ogawa
  19. Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff

I found my second “impossible to find” book. Power Without Glory by Frank Hardy. Several libraries across the country own it but are unwilling to share it. It was wildly popular in Australia in the 1950s, but not so anymore…to the point that no one will lend it without changing a fee. Bummer.

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