Best New Books: Week of April 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

Apsara Engine, by Bishakh Som

The Eighth Life, by Nino Haratischvili and translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin

Friend, by Nam-nyong Paek and translated by Immanuel Kim

The Happy Ever after Playlist, by Abby Jimenez

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, by Nam-Joo Cho and translated by Jamie Chang

Man of My Time, by Dalia Sofer

Simon the Fiddler, by Paulette Jiles

Vagabonds, by Hao Jingfang and translated by Ken Liu

Adult Nonfiction

Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace, by Carl Safina

Calder: The Conquest of Space: The Later Years: 1940-1976, by Jed Perl

Dress Your Best Life: How Fashion Psychology Can Help You Take Your Look—and Your Life—to the Next Level, by Dawnn Karen

Lean Against This Late Hour, by Garous Abdolmalekian and translated by by Ahmad Nadalizadeh and Idra Novey

Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest, by Ian Zack

The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution, by Stephen Heyman

What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life, by Mark Doty

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why, by David Allen Sibley

Why We Swim, by Bonnie Tsui

Youth Fiction

Dancing at the Pity Party, by Tyler Feder

Golden Threads, by Suzanne Del Rizzo and illustrated by Miki Sato

The Prettiest, by Brigit Young

The Walrus and the Caribou, by Maika Harper and illustrated by Marcus Cutler

When Stars Are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson

Youth Nonfiction

The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan, by Amy Alznauer and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

The Cat Man of Aleppo, by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha and illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird’s Amazing Journey, by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor

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