Best New Books: Week of August 6, 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

All the Water in the World, by Karen Raney

Berta Isla, by Javier Marías

A Dangerous Man, by Robert Crais

Dead at First Sight, by Peter James

The Dragon Republic, by R. F. Kuang

Hollow Kingdom, by Kira Jane Buxton

The Hotel Neversink, by Adam O’Fallon Price

A Particular Kind of Black Man, by Tope Folarin

A Pure Heart, by Rajia Hassib

The Turn of the Key, by Ruth Ware

Adult Nonfiction

Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World, by Emma Southon

Alive Still: Nell Blaine, American Painter, by Cathy Curtis

The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito, by Shing Yin Khor

Barnum: An American Life, by Robert Wilson

Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age behind the Counter, by Jessica Wragg

Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century, by Charles King

In the Country of Women, by Susan Straight

Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help, by Phyllis L. Fagell

Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World, edited by Zahra Hankir

So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen, by Kristen Meinzer

Travel Light, Move Fast, by Alexandra Fuller

What Are Biblical Values? What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues, by John J. Collins

White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination, by Jess Row

Youth Fiction

Cape, by Kate Hannigan and illustrated by Patrick Spaziante

Sing a Song: How “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Inspired Generations, by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Keith Mallett

Swipe Right for Murder, by Derek Milman

Vow of Thieves, by Mary E. Pearson

Youth Nonfiction

All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World, by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger

Bringing Down a President: The Watergate Scandal, by Andrea Balis and Elizabeth Levy and illustrated by Tim Foley

Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island, by Jennifer Thermes

Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves’ Hidden Colors, by Mia Posada

Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man behind the March on Washington, by Jacqueline Houtman, Walter Naegle, and Michael G. Long

You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood, by Aimee Reid and illustrated by Matt Phelan



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