Best New Books: Week of September 3, 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

After the Flood, by Kassandra Montag

All Out War, by Sean Parnell

The Best Horror of the Year, v. 11, edited by Ellen Datlow

The Bone Fire, by S. D. Sykes

Changeling, by Matt Wesolowski

Cold Storage, by David Koepp

Dominicana, by Angie Cruz

Fatal Ally, by Tim Sebastian

The Girl behind the Red Rope, by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

The Killer in the Choir, by Simon Brett

Murder by an Aristocrat, by Mignon G. Eberhart

One More River to Cross, by Jane Kirkpatrick

Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie

The Secrets We Kept, by Lara Prescott

The Sweetest Fruits, by Monique Truong

We, the Survivors, by Tash Aw

When Hell Struck Twelve, by James R. Benn

You Belong with Me, by Tari Faris

Adult Nonfiction

All the Powers of Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1856–1860, by Sidney Blumenthal

Battle for Skyline Ridge: The CIA Secret War in Laos, by James E. Parker, Jr.

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations, by Pico Iyer

Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World, by Chris Shepherd and Kaitlyn Goalen

A Fortune for Your Disaster, by Hanif Abdurraqib

Good Morning, Monster: Five Heroic Journeys to Recovery, by Catherine Gildiner

Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life—in Judaism (after Finally Choosing to Look There), by Sarah Hurwitz

My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life, by Ryan O’Callaghan and Cyd Zeigler

Orchid Modern: Living and Designing with the World’s Most Elegant Houseplants, by Marc Hachadourian

Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond, by Alexandra Horowitz

Unbreakable: The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World’s Most Dangerous Horse Race, by Richard Askwith

Undersea Warriors: The Untold History of the Royal Navy’s Secret Service, by Iain Ballantyne

The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You, by Dina Nayeri

Youth Fiction

Apple Cake: A Gratitude, by Dawn Casey and illustrated by Genevieve Godbout

Butterfly Yellow, by Thanhhà Lai

Caster, by Elsie Chapman

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Fern and Horn, by Marie-Louise Gay

The Great Santa Stakeout, by Betsy Bird and illustrated by Dan Santat

Lalani of the Distant Sea, by Erin Entrada Kelly and illustrated by Lian Cho

Loki: Where Mischief Lies, by Mackenzi Lee

Out to Get You, by Josh Allen and illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman

Permanent Record, by Mary H. K. Choi

Small in the City, by Sydney Smith

The Very, Very Far North, by Dan Bar-El and illustrated by Kelly Pousette

Youth Nonfiction

The Big Book of Monsters: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature, by Hal Johnson and illustrated by Tim Sievert

The Dozier School for Boys: Forensics, Survivors, and a Painful Past, by Elizabeth A. Murray

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum, by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Andrew Joyner

It’s a Round, Round World!, by Ellie Peterson

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, by Sonia Sotomayor and illustrated by Rafael López

Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science Behind Your Favorite Monsters, by Carlyn Beccia

Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial, by Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrated by Shawn Fields

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War, by Duncan Tonatiuh

A Song for China, by Ange Zhang

Thurgood, by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Bryan Collier

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives, by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Daniel Minter



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