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Best New Books: Week of September 15, 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 Awkward Black Man, by Walter Mosley

Homeland Elegies, by Ayad Akhtar

The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow, by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The Paris Secret, by Natasha Lester

Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

Remember Me, by Mario Escobar

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Christopher Paolini

Adult Nonfiction

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy, by Ben Macintyre

American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People, by Jared Yates Sexton

If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, by Jill Lepore

Japanese Wonder Knitting: Timeless Stitches for Beautiful Hats, Bags, Blankets and More, by Nihon Vogue and translated by Gayle Roehm

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America, by Maria Hinojosa

Stakes Is High: Life after the American Dream, by Mychal Denzel Smith

Storey’s Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills: 214 Things You Can Actually Learn How to Do, by How-to Experts at Storey

Youth Fiction

Comet the Unstoppable Reindeer, by Jim Benton

Fart Quest, by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Cam Kendell

Fly on the Wall, by Remy Lai

Grown, by Tiffany D. Jackson

If You Come to Earth, by Sophie Blackall

The Monster Who Wasn’t, by T. C. Shelley

The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story, by Thao Lam

Skunk and Badger, by Amy Timberlake and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Surrender Your Sons, by Adam Sass

Three Keys (A Front Desk Novel), by Kelly Yang

Watch over Me, by Nina LaCour

Youth Nonfiction

The Big Questions Book of Sex and Consent, by Donna Freitas

Black Heroes of the Wild West, by James Otis Smith and illustrated by James Otis Smith and Frank Reynoso

Feel the Fog, by April Pulley Sayre

The Screaming Hairy Armadillo and 76 Other Animals with Weird, Wild Names, by Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie and illustrated by Julie Benbassat

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