Best New Books: Week of September 25, 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 Christmas Room, by Catherine Anderson

 Five-Carat Soul, by James McBride

 Trace, by Archer Mayor


Adult Nonfiction

 Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend, by Meryl Gordon

 The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart, by Emily Nunn

 Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks, by Annie Spence

 Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield, by Robert H. Latiff

 The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown, by Blaire Briody

 Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Buffy and Angel, by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman

 The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies, by Jason Fagone


Youth Fiction

 Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element, by Jeannie Mobley

 Disappeared, by Francisco X. Stork

 I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, by Chris Harris, illustrated by Lane Smith

 The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, by Leigh Bardugo, illustrated by Sarah Kipin

 The Littlest Train, by Chris Gall, illustrated by the author

 The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, by Mark Twain and Phillip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead

 Starfish, by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso



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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