Best New Books: Week of January 12, 2020

After a brief hiatus, we return with the very best books publishing right this second. Literally; the following books all received starred reviews in Booklist and will hit shelves either today or another day this week. To read our starred reviews before the books go on sale, subscribe to Booklist.

Adult Fiction

The Captive, by Fiona King Foster

The Charmed Wife, by Olga Grushin

The Children’s Blizzard, by Melanie Benjamin

Georgana’s Secret, by Arlem Hawks

Glamour Girls, by Marty Wingate

Hades, Argentina, by Daniel Loedel

People Like Her, by Ellery Lord

The Perfect Guests, by Emma Rous

A Stranger at the Door, by Jason Pinter

That Old Country Music, by Kevin Barry

To Cook a Bear, by Mikael Niemi

The Worst Duke in the World, by Lisa Berne

Adult Nonfiction

Dog Flowers, by Danielle Geller

Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear, by Carl L. Hart

Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality, by Frank Wilczek

Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World, by Andrea Pitzer

In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of Alice Walker’s Masterpiece, by Salamishah Tillet

Julian Bond’s Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, by Julian Bond

The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention, by Julia Cameron

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, by George Saunders

The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene, by Richard Greene

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism, by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

Youth Fiction

The Ambassador of Nowhere, Texas, by Kimberly Willis Holt

Concrete Rose, by Angie Thomas

Every Single Lie, by Rachel Vincent

The Nightmare Thief, by Nicole Lesperance

Off to See the Sea, by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Sheepish (Wolf under Cover), by Helen Yoon

Tales from the Hinterland, by Melissa Albert and illustrated by Jim Tierney

Ten Beautiful Things, by Molly Beth Griffin and illustrated by Maribel Lechuga

Youth Nonfiction

Ensnared in the Wolf’s Lair: Inside the 1944 Plot to Kill Hitler and the Ghost Children of His Revenge, by Ann Bausum

About the Author:

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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