Best New Books: Week of March 3, 2020

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Adult Fiction

Barn 8, by Deb Olin Unferth

Blackwood, by Michael Farris Smith

The Book of Kane and Margaret, by Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi

Coming Up for Air, by Sarah Leipciger

Deacon King Kong, by James McBride

Eight Perfect Murders, by Peter Swanson

Engaged to the Earl, by Lisa Berne

The Evil Men Do, by John McMahon

Forced Perspective, by Tim Powers

Frying Plantain, by Zalika Reid-Benta

The God Child, by Nana Oforiatta Ayim

Hide Away, by Jason Pinter

House of Earth and Blood, by Sarah J. Maas

In the Absence of Miracles, by Michael J. Malone

The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich

On the Corner of Hope and Main, by Beverly Jenkins

Otaku, by Chris Kluwe

Please See Us, by Caitlin Mullen

The Runaway Bride, by Jody Hedlund

Star of Persia: Esther’s Story, by Jill Eileen Smith

These Ghosts Are Family, by Maisy Card

Trace Elements, by Donna Leon

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, by Josie Silver

Without Sanction, by Don Bentley

Writers & Lovers, by Lily King

Adult Nonfiction

The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season, by John Feinstein

Fannie Lou Hamer: America’s Freedom Fighting Woman, by Maegan Parker Brooks

Fantasia for the Man in Blue, by Tommye Blount

Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils, by David Farrier

Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist, by Celia Stahr

Leading with Gratitude: Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings, by Susan Spungen

Postcolonial Love Poem, by Natalie Diaz

Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine Women, edited by Lizzie Skurnick

The Princess and the Prophet: The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Moorish Muslims in America, by Jacob S. Dorman

Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon through North America’s Stolen Land, by Noé Álvarez

Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America’s First Humanitarian Mission, by Stephen Puleo

A Year in My Garden, by Jacqueline van der Kloet

Youth Fiction

All the Dear Little Animals, by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Eva Ericksson, and translated by Julia Marshall

Black Brother, Black Brother, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Girl Who Speaks Bear, by Sophie Anderson

I Go Quiet, by David Ouimet

Mañanaland, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

My Best Friend, by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Nesting, by Henry Cole

The Phantom Twin, by Lisa Brown

Prairie Lotus, by Linda Sue Park

The Queen Bee and Me, by Gillian McDunn

Rita & Ralph’s Rotten Day, by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Pete Oswald

Youth Nonfiction

Amphibian Acrobats, by Leslie Bulion and illustrated by Robert Meganck

Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World, by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Khoa Le

Flight for Freedom: The Wetzel Family’s Daring Escape from East Germany, by Kristen Fulton and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann

Peter’s War: A Boy’s True Story of Survival in World War II Europe, by Deborah Durland DeSaix and Karen Gray Ruelle and illustrated by Deborah Durland DeSaix

To Fly among the Stars: The Hidden Story of the Fight for Women Astronauts, by Rebecca Siegel

Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections, by Jeff Fleischer

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