Best New Books: Week of February 5, 2019


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


Adult Fiction

 10,000 Bones, by Joe Ollinger

 The Atlas of Reds and Blues, by Devi S. Laskar

 Bowlaway, by Elizabeth McCracken

 The Colour of Murder, by Julian Symons

 The Good Ones, by Jenn McKinlay

 House Arrest, by Mike Lawson

 The Last Thing You Surrender, by Leonard Pitts

 The Night Olivia Fell, by Christina McDonald

 A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

 The Ruin of Kings, by Jenn Lyons

 Stalker, by Lars Kepler and translated by Neil Smith


Adult Nonfiction

 El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America, by Carrie Gibson

 Figuring, by Maria Popova

 Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, by Hanif Abdurraqib

 The Man in the Willows: The Life of Kenneth Grahame, by Matthew Dennison

 Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts, by Jill Abramson

 No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History, by Dane Huckelbridge

 Stalin’s Scribe: Literature, Ambition, and Survival: The Life of Mikhail Sholokhov, by Brian J. Boech


Youth Fiction

 The Bridge Home, by Padma Venkatraman

 Courting Darkness, by Robin LaFevers

 Gittel’s Journey,by Lesléa Newman

 The Lost Rainforest #2: Gogi’s Gambit, by Eliot Schrefer

 New Kid, by Jerry Craft

 On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas

 Pay Attention, Carter Jones, by Gary D. Schmidt


Youth Nonfiction

 Bloom Boom!
, by April Pulley Sayre

 Hedy & Her Amazing Invention, by Jan Wahl and illustrated by Morgana Wallace

 Let ‘Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by Gordon C. James'

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  1.' Anisa Mcdaniel says:

    I would recommend a great WWII memoir called Finding St. Lo. It’s by Ted Neill and his information can be found at He puts together an amazing story about a Medic and a SGT. Their families have written essays which he incorporates so well. Just a great look into thier lives at war and then back home.

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