‘Capital and Ideology,’ by Thomas Piketty (Belknap/Harvard University Press, March 10)
A follow-up to Piketty’s blockbuster about economic inequality, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” this new book — translated by Arthur Goldhammer — suggests that wealth disparity is tied to politics and other human institutions.
‘The City We Became,’ by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit, March 24)
A mash-up of fantasy, superheroes, hip-hop and comics, Jemisin’s new novel — the first in a projected trilogy — is a joyful love letter to New York that unfolds as five ordinary citizens who embody the very soul of the city find themselves struggling to save it.
‘Deacon King Kong,’ by James McBride (Riverhead, March 3)
This novel, by the National Book Award-winning author of “The Good Lord Bird,” is practically impossible to categorize: It’s a crime story, a mystery and a darkly funny portrait of a community in revolt, all set off when a South Brooklyn deacon nicknamed Sportcoat shoots a local drug dealer.
‘The Exhibition of Persephone Q,’ by Jessi Jezewska Stevens (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, March 3)
When Percy receives a catalog for an art exhibition that features altered images of a nude woman in bed, it takes time for her to realize she is the woman in the photos. This dreamy debut novel follows Percy in the aftermath of 9/11 as she contemplates her relationships and considers the real meaning of identity.
‘The Glass Hotel,’ by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, March 24)
Vincent, once a bartender at an upscale hotel, marries a fabulously wealthy Madoff-like man who is running a vast Ponzi scheme. As she did in her last novel, “Station Eleven,” Mandel surveys the wreckage in the wake of disaster — in this case, the fallout after the fraud collapses.
‘Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College,’ by Jesse Wegman (St. Martin’s, March 17)
A deeply researched, informative and timely argument in favor of abolishing the Electoral College. Wegman, a member of The Times’s editorial board, draws from the history of the institution and information from campaign workers to make his case.
‘The Mirror and the Light,’ by Hilary Mantel (Holt, March 10)
Mantel concludes her blockbuster “Wolf Hall” trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, the cunning, wily minister to Henry VIII. Picking up in 1536 with the decapitation of Anne Boleyn, Mantel zeros in on Cromwell as he consolidates his power.
‘The Mountains Sing,’ by Nguyen Phan Que Mai (Algonquin, March 17)
Generations of a Vietnamese family grapple with the legacy of violence, colonialism and war as a woman tells her childhood history to her granddaughter during the Vietnam War. This is the first book that Que Mai, a celebrated Vietnamese poet, has written in English.
‘My Dark Vanessa,’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell (Morrow, March 10)
A high school student’s stormy relationship with her teacher, and her changing perceptions of it, are the focus of this unsettling debut. After the teacher is accused by another student years later, Vanessa reckons with fallout of her relationship, examining power, memory and trauma through a #MeToo lens.
‘Nobody Will Tell You This but Me: A True (As Told to Me) Story,’ by Bess Kalb (Knopf, March 17)
Kalb, a writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” channels the voice of her beloved grandmother, Bobby, in this affecting project, which she calls an oral history of four generations of women in her family. The book brims with anecdotes, advice from Bobby, texts and even transcribed voice mail messages.
‘Sharks in the Time of Saviors,’ by Kawai Strong Washburn (MCD, March 3)
When 9-year-old Nainoa Flores is tossed overboard on a family vacation, the sharks soon start circling. But instead of the worst, the animals safely return the child — a blessing his parents see as the work of ancient Hawaiian gods. Washburn’s buzzy debut novel explores the shifting bonds of family and the inescapable pull of home.
‘This Is Chance: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It All Together,’ by Jon Mooallem (Random House, March 24)
In 1964, disaster struck Anchorage, Alaska, in the form of a 9.2-magnitude earthquake. Mooallem reconstructs the event and the days that followed, when a plucky local radio reporter kept the city going through her tireless broadcasts.
‘Wow, No Thank You: Essays,’ by Samantha Irby (Vintage, March 31)
Irby, the hilarious author of “Meaty” and “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life,” is bitterly funny on the peculiarities of aging, marriage and life in the Midwest.