Best New Books: Week of May 15, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!

Adult Fiction

 The Affair of Lady Wescott’s Lost Ruby/The Case of the Unseenby Gary Lovisi

 August, by Romina Paula

 The Awkward Ageby Francesca Segal

 Exit Strategy, by Steven Hamilton

 G-Man, by Stephen Hunter

 Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer

 Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country, by Chavisa Woods

 

Adult Nonfiction

 Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Courtby Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

 Goethe: Life as a Work of Artby Rüdiger Safranski

 Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman

 He Calls Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty, by S. Jonathan Bass

 Island Home: A Landscape Memoirby Tim Winton

 Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival, by Jeffrey Gettleman

 Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deceptionby Terry McDermott

 The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern Southby John T. Edge

 There’s a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak, by Jonathan Cott

 Women in the World of Frederick Douglassby Leigh Fought

 

Youth Ficition

 The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, by Pablo Cartaya

 Grace and the Fever, by Zan Romanoff

 Gritby Gillian French

 The Love Interestby Cale Dietrich

 The Names They Gave Us, by Emery Lord

 Quicksand Pond, by Janet Taylor Lisle

 Thick as Thievesby Megan Whalen Turner

 This Would Make a Good Story Someday, by Dana Alison Levy

 The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate, by Avi

 The World’s Greatest Detective, by Caroline Carlson

 York: The Shadow Cipher, by Laura Ruby

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Amanda Shepard is currently an intern for Booklist. A Michigan native, she recently graduated from Central Michigan University with her master’s degree in children’s literature. In her free time, she can be found cuddling with her cat, Nox, or brainstorming ideas for her next art project.

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