Best New Books: Week of March 17, 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

88 Names, by Matt Ruff

After Me Comes the Flood, by Sarah Perry

Are Snakes Necessary?, by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman

A Conspiracy of Bones, by Kathy Reichs

Last Couple Standing, by Matthew Norman

Little Wonders, by Kate Rorick

Love, Death & Rare Books, by Robert Hellenga

Victim 2117, by Jussi Adler-Olsen and translated by William Frost

When I Hit You; or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, by Meena Kandasamy

Adult Nonfiction

The Baja California Cookbook: 60 Recipes from Lower California, by David Castro Hussong and Jay Porter

Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone, by Madison Smartt Bell

Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of Survival, by Franci Rabinek Epstein

Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener, by Kimberly A. Hamlin

Habitat Threshold, by Craig Santos Perez

Imperial Liquor, by Amaud Jamaul Johnson

The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness, by Sarah Ramey

Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis, by Greta Thunberg and others

Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA, by Neil Shubin

Youth Fiction

Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang

Green on Green, by Dianne White and illustrated by Felicita Sala

Hike, by Pete Oswald

Stand Up, Yumi Chung!, by Jessica Kim

We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade

Youth Nonfiction

Darwin’s Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution, by Christiane Dorion and illustrated by Harry Tennant

Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular, by Kira Vermond and illustrated by Clayton Hanmer

Who Got Game? Baseball, by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by John John Bajet



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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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