Best New Books: Week of November 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

Blind Search: A Mercy Carr Mystery, by Paula Munier

The Deep, by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes

Galway Girl, by Ken Bruen

Get a Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert

Invented Lives, by Andrea Goldsmith

The Old Success, by Martha Grimes

Parade, by Hiromi Kawakami and translated by Allison Markin Powell

Secret Service, by Tom Bradby

The Siberian Dilemma, by Martin Cruz Smith

The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

Adult Nonfiction

97,196 Words, by Emmanuel Carrère and translated by John Lambert

Abraham Joshua Heschel: Mind, Heart, Soul, by Edward K. Kaplan

All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard—Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy, by Phil Keith and Tom Clavin

The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team, by Matthew Goodman

The History of Philosophy, by A. C. Grayling

In the Dream House: A Memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking, by Toni Tipton-Martin

Little Weirds, by Jenny Slate

Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, by Thomas Travisano

Making Comics, by Lynda Barry

Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age, by Sara Wheeler

The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women, by Mo Moulton

The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer, by Meryle Secrest

The Now, by Albert Goldbarth

Oblivion Banjo: The Poetry of Charles Wright, by Charles Wright

Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs, by Richard Louv

Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes, by Joanne Chang

Peter Watts Is an Angry Sentient Tumor, by Peter Watts

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving, by David J. Silverman

This Really Isn’t about You, by Jean Hannah Edelstein

Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unravelled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets—and Made the Planet Whole, by Sarah Dry

Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church, by Austen Ivereigh

Youth Fiction

Bad Dog, by Mike Boldt

Call Down the Hawk, by Maggie Stiefvater

The How & the Why, by Cynthia Hand

The Midwinter Witch, by Molly Knox Ostertag

Mightier than the Sword: The Edge of the Word, by Drew Callander and Alana Harrison and illustrated by Ryan Andrews

Most of the Better Natural Things in the World, by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Angel Chang

Sick Kids in Love, by Hannah Moskowitz

Tiny Feet between the Mountains, by Hanna Cha

Youth Nonfiction

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights, by Mikki Kendall and illustrated by A. D’Amico

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany, by Andrew Maraniss

Insect Superpowers, by Kate Messner and illustrated by Jillian Nickell



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