Best New Books: Week of September 1, 2020

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Adult Fiction

All the Devils Are Here, by Louise Penny

A Girl Is a Body of Water, by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus, by Jaime Jo Wright

The Last Story of Mina Lee, by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

The Lying Life of Adults, by Elena Ferrante

The Paper Daughters of Chinatown, by Heather B. Moore

Payback, by Mary Gordon

Red Pill, by Hari Kunzru

Road Out of Winter, by Alison Stine

Ruthie Fear, by Maxim Loskutoff

Something Worth Doing, by Jane Kirkpatrick

When No One Is Watching, by Alyssa Cole

Adult Nonfiction

The Art of Drag, by Jake Hall and illustrated by Sofie Birkin, Helen Li, and Jasjyot Singh Hans

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture, by Sudhir Hazareesingh

Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power, by Justin Scheck and Bradley Hope

The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi, by Richard Grant

Gordon Ramsay Quick and Delicious: 100 Recipes to Cook in 30 Minutes or Less, by Gordon Ramsay

How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers, by David Rubenstein

The Human Cosmos: Civilization and the Stars, by Jo Marchant

I Have Something to Tell You, by Chasten Buttigieg

Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times, by Jonathan Sacks

The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War—a Tragedy in Three Acts, by Scott Anderson

Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex, and Death, by Jenny Kleeman

This Land of Snow: A Journey across the North in Winter, by Anders Morley

Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, by Roberto Lovato

Youth Fiction

Alice’s Farm: A Rabbit’s Tale, by Maryrose Wood

The Barnabus Project, by Terry Fan, Eric Fan, and Devin Fan

Before the Ever After, by Jacqueline Woodson

Blood Moon, by Lucy Cuthew

The Bridge, by Bill Konigsberg

The Candy Mafia, by Lavie Tidhar and illustrated by Daniel Duncan

Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas

The Circus of Stolen Dreams, by Lorelei Savaryn

Flamer, by Mike Curato

I Am Every Good Thing, by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James

I Talk like a River, by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith

Jayla Jumps In, by Joy Jones

Like Spilled Water, by Jennie Liu

Punching the Air, by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Robobaby, by David Wiesner

The Silver Arrow, by Lev Grossman

Sometimes People March, by Tessa Allen

This Old Dog, by Martha Brockenbrough and illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo

We Are Not Free, by Traci Chee

Welcome to Bobville: City of Bobs, by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Bob Staake

A Whale of the Wild, by Rosanne Parry and illustrated by Lindsay Moore

Whispering Pines, by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski

Youth Nonfiction

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth, by Duncan Tonatiuh

The International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls around the World, by Jessica Dee Humphreys and Rona Ambrose and illustrated by Simone Shin

Women in the Old West, by Marti Dumas

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