Best New Books: Week of June 16, 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

Bluebeard’s First Wife, by Seong-nan Ha and translated by Janet Hong

Cactus Jack, by Brad Smith

Hella, by David Gerrold

How the Penguins Saved Veronica, by Hazel Prior

Sad Janet, by Lucie Britsch

Adult Nonfiction

Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, by David Litt

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, by Valarie Kaur

Youth Fiction

Dogchild, by Kevin Brooks

Nana Akua Goes to School, by Tricia Elam Walker and illustrated by April Harrison

The Weirn Books, v.1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods, by Svetlana Chmakova

You Say It First, by Katie Cotugno

Youth Nonfiction

Call Me American: The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Somali Immigrant, by Abdi Nor Iftin

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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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