Best New Books: Week of January 14, 2020

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

A Beginning at the End, by Mike Chen

The Better Liar, by Tanen Jones

Cleanness, by Garth Greenwall

Followers, by Megan Angelo

A Good Man, by Ani Katz

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance, by Zora Neale Hurston and edited by Genevieve West

How Quickly She Disappears, by Raymond Fleischmann

Little Gods, by Meng Jin

The Missing American, by Kwei Quartey

The New Improved Sorceress, by Sara Hanover

The Poison Garden, by Alex Marwood

The Vanished Birds, by Simon Jimenez

Adult Nonfiction

Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice, by John A. Buehrens

Running against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump—and Democrats from Themselves, by Rick Wilson

The Stars in Our Pockets: Getting Lost and Sometimes Found in the Digital Age, by Howard Axelrod

Three Poems, by Hannah Sullivan

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Youth Fiction

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures, by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Dark and Deepest Red, by Anna-Marie McLemore

From the Desk of Zoe Washington, by Janae Marks

Strange Exit, by Parker Peevyhouse

The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story, by Kate Milford and illustrated by Jaime Zollars

Youth Nonfiction

By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music, by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier

Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life, by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver, by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison



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