Best New Books: Week of May 7, 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

Black Mountain, by Laird Barron

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, by Bette Howland

The Charmer in Chaps, by Julia London

China Dream, by Ma Jian and translated by Flora Drew

Exhalation, by Ted Chiang

The Farm, by Joanne Ramos

The Guest Book, by Sarah Blake

Light from Other Stars, by Erika Swyler

The Long Way Home, by Richard Chizmar

Loudermilk; or, The Real Poet, or The Origin of the World, by Lucy Ives

The Paris Diversion, by Chris Pavone

Tightrope, by Amanda Quick

The Unpassing, by Chia-Chia Lin

Westside, by W. M. Akers

Adult Nonfiction

The Art of Happy Moving: How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness, by Ali Wenzke

Beautiful Beadwork from Nature: 16 Stunning Jewelry Projects Inspired by the Natural World, by Melissa Shippee

Chumps to Champs: How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the 90’s Dynasty, by Bill Pennington

A Dog Named Beautiful: A Marine, A Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home, by Rob Kugler

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep

How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results, by Esther Wojcicki

The Killer across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter, by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, by George Packer

Sacred Liberty: America’s Long, Bloody, and Ongoing Struggle for Religious Freedom, by Steven Waldman

Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink, by Kevin Cook

War and Peace: FDR’s Final Odyssey D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945, by Nigel Hamilton

The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World, by Bee Wilson

The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero, by Michael Kranish

Youth Fiction

Being Edie Is Hard Today, by Ben Brashares and illustrated by Elizabeth Bergeland

How It Feels to Float, Helena Fox

Just South of Home, by Karen Strong

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden, by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Anne Villeneuve

Sign Off, by Stephen Savage

Super Jake & the King of Chaos, by Naomi Milliner

With the Fire on High, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Youth Nonfiction

Crossing on Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World, by David Macaulay

How Emily Saved the Bridge: The Story of Emily Warren Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, by Frieda Wishinsky and illustrated by Natalie Nelson

Hummingbird, by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Jane Ray

Mummies Exposed!, by Kerrie Logan Hollihan

My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights, by Robin Stevenson



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