Best New Books, Week of September 5, 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 

 All That Makes Life Bright, by Josi S. Kilpack

 Close to Home, by Robert Dugoni

 The Countess of Prague, by Stephen Weeks

 Enemy of the State, by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

 Fever, by Deon Meyer, translated by K. L. Seegers

 George & Lizzie, by Nancy Pearl

 Going Dark, by Monica McCarty

 The Golden House, by Salman Rushdie

 In the Middle of Fall, by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

 A Legacy of Spies, by John le Carré

 The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, by Cherise Wolas

 Sourdough, by Robin Sloan

 Under a Pole Star, by Stef Penney

 The World of Tomorrow, by Brendan Mathews


Adult Nonfiction

 At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York, by Adam Gopnik

 Balance: A Dizzying Journey Through the Science of Our Most Delicate Sense, by Carol Svec

 The Best of Us, by Joyce Maynard

 Champions Way: Football, Florida, and the Lost Soul of College Sports, by Mike McIntire

 Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle Allen

 Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory, by James T. Costa

 A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War, by Deborah Campbell

 Don’t Call Us Dead, by Danez Smith

 Dr. Z: The Lost Memoirs of an Irreverent Football Writer, by Paul Zimmerman, edited by Peter King

 Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul, by Naomi Levy

 Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray, by Adam Federman

 Gorbachev: His Life and Times, by William Taubman

 The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896, by Richard White

 Silencer, by Marcus Wicker

 Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, by John Freeman

 The Vietnam War: An Intimate History, by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Youth Fiction

 The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, by Alexandra Bracken

 Genuine Fraud, by E. Lockhart

 The Glass Town Game, by Catherynne M. Valente, illustrated by Rebecca Green

 Feral Youth, edited by Shaun David Hutchinson

 Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, by Dusti Bowling

 Lines, by Suzy Lee

 Podkin One-Ear, by Kieran Larwood, illustrated by David Wyatt

 Running Full Tilt, by Michael Currinder

 They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera

 When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson


Youth Nonfiction

 Books! Books! Books!: Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library, by Mick Manning and Brita Granström

 Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by John Rocco

 Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today, by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson

 The Great Penguin Rescue: Saving the African Penguins, by Sandra Markle

 Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, by Michael Mahin, illustrated by Evan Turk

 Older than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth, by Don Brown and Mike Perfit

 Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines, by Sarah Albee, illustrated by Karl Newsom Edwards

 The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, by K. L. Going, illustrated by Lauren Stringer




About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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