Best New Books: Week of February 4, 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

Bird Summons, by Leila Aboulela

The Cactus League, by Emily Nemens

The Case of the Reincarnated Client, by Tarquin Hall

An Everyday Hero, by Laura Trentham

The Freedom Artist, by Ben Okri

The Killing Tide, by Jean-Luc Bannalec and translated by Peter Millar

Last Day, by Luanne Rice

The Last Day, by Andrew Hunter Murray

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, by Michael Zapata

The Resisters, by Gish Jen

The Siamese Twin Mystery, by Ellery Queen

Things in Jars, by Jess Kidd

Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey

Verge, by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Worst Best Man, by Mia Sosa

Adult Nonfiction

Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore, by Darra Goldstein

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, by Sam Wasson

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), by Philippa Perry

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard, by Douglas W. Tallamy

The Presidential Fringe: Questing and Jesting for the Oval Office, by Mark Stein

Race against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era, by Jerry Mitchell

Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy, by Eilene Zimmerman

The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage, by Mara Hvistendahl

The Toni Morrison Book Club, by Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father, Survival, and What Remains, by Ariana Neumann

Youth Fiction

Deathless Divide, by Justina Ireland

The Gravity of Us, by Phil Stamper

King and the Dragonflies, by Kacen Callender

‘Ohana Means Family, by Ilima Loomis and illustrated by Kenard Pak

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet, by Zanib Mian and illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik

Shadow of the Batgirl, by Sarah Kuhn and illustrated by Nicole Goux

Snapdragon, by Kat Leyh

What I Want You to See, by Catherine Linka

World So Wide, by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Kate Alizadeh

Yes No Maybe So, by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Youth Nonfiction

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier, by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Maris Wicks

Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero, by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Maurizio A. C. Quarello

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann

The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America, by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Alexandra Bye

Where Have All the Bees Gone? Pollinators in Crisis, by Rebecca E. Hirsch



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Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Marketing Associate. She graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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