Best New Books: Week of August 25, 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

Ink & Sigil: From the World of the Iron Druid Chronicles, by Kevin Hearne

The Memory of Souls, by Jenn Lyons

Sisters, by Daisy Johnson

Squeeze Me, by Carl Hiaasen

Adult Nonfiction

Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography, by Thomas A. Schwartz

The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War, by Michael Gorra

Sign Here If You Exist and Other Essays, by Jill Sisson Quinn

The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers, by Eric Weiner

The Sprawl, by Jason Diamond

Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do about It, by Erin Brockovich

Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdnald

We Should Have Seen It Coming: From Reagan to Trump—a Front-Row Seat to a Political Revolution, by Gerald F. Seib

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through, edited by Joy Harjo

Youth Fiction

A Cloud of Outrageous Blue, by Vesper Stamper

Clown in a Cornfield, by Adam Cesare

Darius the Great Deserves Better, by Adib Khorram

Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story), by Daniel Nayeri

Youth Nonfiction

RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison



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