Best New Books: Week of May 5, 2020

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Adult Fiction

All Adults Here, by Emma Straub

Almond, by Won-pyung Sohn and translated by Sandy Joosun Lee

The Book of Second Chances, by Katherine Slee

The Chocolate Cobweb, by Charlotte Armstrong

Close Up, by Amanda Quick

Edgar Allan Poe and the Empire of the Dead, by Karen Lee Street

Exile Music, by Jennifer Steil

Hard Cash Valley, by Brian Panowich

A Mosaic of Wings, by Kimberly Duffy

Network Effect, by Martha Wells

Old Lovegood Girls, by Gail Godwin

The Paladin, by David Ignatius

Shiner, by Amy Jo Burns

Shiner, by Amy Jo Burns

Starbreaker, by Amanda Bouchet

Adult Nonfiction

The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think, by Jennifer Ackerman

Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking, by Bill Buford

Madison’s Sorrow: Today’s War on the Founders and America’s Liberal Ideal, by Kevin O’Leary

More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood, by Natasha Gregson Wagner

On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights, by Lawrence Goldstone

Pelosi, by Molly Ball

Youth Fiction

Aurora Burning, by Aime Kauffman and Jay Kristoff and read by Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, Donnabella Mortel, Jonathan Todd Ross, Erin Spencer, and Steve West

Brick by Brick, by Heidi Woodward Sheffield

Felix Ever After, by Kacen Callender

Lift, by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat

Lion Needs a Haircut, by Hyewon Yum

Once upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices, edited by edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed and illustrated by Sara Alfagee

One Last Shot, by John David Anderson

Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us, by Lauren Castillo

Papa, Daddy, and Riley, by Seamus Kirst and illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe, by Carlos Hernandez

Sandcastle, by Einat Tsarfat

Santiago’s Road Home, by Alexandra Diaz

Shuri, by Nic Stone

Swashby and the Sea, by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Tornado Brain, by Cat Patrick

Turtle Boy, by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Unstoppable, by Adam Rex and illustrated by Laura Park

We Dream of Space, by Erin Entrada Kelly

What We Found in the Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon, by Henry Clark

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