Best New Books: Week of August 4, 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

The Death of Vivek Oji, by Akwaeke Emezi

The Eighth Detective, by Alex Pavesi

Harrow the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir

In the Valley: Stories and a Novella based on Serena, by Ron Rash

Luster, by Raven Leilani

Migrations, by Charlotte McConaghy

The Night Swim, by Megan Goldin

Sweet Sorrow, by David Nicholls

Tender Is the Flesh, by Agustina Bazterrica and translated by Sarah Moses

True Story, by Kate Reed Petty

Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers: 1852–1923, edited by Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger

Why Visit America, by Matthew Baker

Adult Nonfiction

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy, by Edward Ball

The Mystery of Charles Dickens, by A. N. Wilson

A Voyage across an Ancient Ocean: A Bicycle Journey through the Northern Dominion of Oil, by David Goodrich

Youth Fiction

Beetle and the Hollowbones, by Aliza Layne

The Bird in Me Flies, by Sara Lundberg and translated by by B. J. Epstein

Butterflies Belong Here: A Story of One Idea, Thirty Kids, and a World of Butterflies, by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Meilo So

I’m Not a Girl: A Transgender Story, by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi and illustrated by Dana Simpson

Illegal, by Francisco X. Stork

Me vs. the Multiverse: Pleased to Meet Me, by S. G. Wilson and illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story, by Tina Cho and illustrated by Jess X. Snow

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Youth Nonfiction

Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper, by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Julie Downing

Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747, by Chris Gall



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