Best New Books: Week of January 21, 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

American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins

The Blaze, by Chad Dundas

Heart of Junk, by Luke Geddes

House on Fire, by Joseph Finder

The Janes, by Louisa Luna

A Long Petal of the Sea, by Isabel Allende

The Seep, by Chana Porter

Adult Nonfiction

Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther, by Craig Pittman

Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases, edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman

Homie, by Danez Smith

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Youth Fiction

The Best of Iggy, by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sam Ricks

Catherine’s War, by Julia Billet, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger, and illustrated by Claire Fauvel

In a Jar, by Deborah Marcero

Layoverland, by Gabby Noone

Not So Pure and Simple, by Lamar Giles

Youth Nonfiction

I Voted: Making a Choice Makes a Difference, by Mark Shulman and illustrated by Serge Bloch

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