Best New Books: Week of June 2, 2020

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Adult Fiction

A Burning, by Megha Majumdar

The Choice, by Gillian McAllister

The Clutter Corpse, by Simon Brett

An Elegant Woman, by Martha McPhee

Exciting Times, by Naoise Dolan

The Fallen, by Carlos Manuel Álvarez and translated by Frank Wynne

Hold Your Breath, China, by Qiu Xiaolong

The Joyce Girl, by Annabel Abbs

The Lehman Trilogy, by Stefano Massini and translated by Richard Dixon

Parakeet, by Marie-Helene Bertino

A Reckless Love, by Beth White

Running from the Dead, by Mike Knowles

Seven Years of Darkness, by You-Jeong Jeong and translated by Chi-Young Kim

The Second Home, by Christina Clancy

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

The Voyage of the Morning Light, by Marina Endicott

Adult Nonfiction

Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum, by Joe Meno

Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, by Nicholas A. Basbanes

The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America, by Eric Cervini

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women, by Wayétu Moore

The Inner Coast, by Donovan Hohn

The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect, by Wendy Williams

The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move, by Sonia Shah

Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, by Alexandra Petri

Places I’ve Taken My Body, by Molly McCully Brown

The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey across Our Largest Organ, by Monty Lymon

Say I’m Dead: A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets, and Love, by E. Dolores Johnson

Surviving Autocracy, by Masha Gessen

Youth Fiction

Again Again, by E. Lockhart

Burn, by Patrick Ness

My Calamity Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Sloth Went, by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Benson Shum

A Song below Water, by Bethany C. Morrow

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, by Roseanne A. Brown

The State of Us, by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Way to Rio Luna, by Zoraida Córdova

Where We Go from Here, by Lucas Rocha, illustrated by Marina Esmeraldo, and translated by Larissa Helena

Youth Nonfiction

All the Birds in the World, by David Opie

Pocket Change Collective: The New Queer Conscience, by Adam Eli and illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky


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