Best New Books: Week of February 2, 2021

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

Annie and the Wolves, by Andromeda Romano-Lax

The Bad Muslim Discount, by Syed M. Masood

Beneath the Keep, by Erika Johansen

City of a Thousand Gates, by Rebecca Sacks

The Dead Hours of Night, by Lisa Tuttle

The Devil’s Harmony, by Sarah Rayne

Fake Accounts, by Lauren Oyler

The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah

Girl A, by Abigail Dean

Good Neighbors, by Sarah Langan

Land of Big Numbers, by Te-Ping Chen

Milk Fed, by Melissa Broder

My Year Abroad, by Chang-rae Lee

On Fragile Waves, by E. Lily Yu

Ridgerunner, by Gil Adamson

The Sanatorium, by Sarah Pearse

The Survivors, by Jane Harper

The Unwilling, by John Hart

When Twilight Breaks, by Sarah Sundin

Adult Nonfiction

An Anatomy of Pain: How the Body and the Mind Experience and Endure Physical Suffering, by Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen

Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal, by Mark Bittman

Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph, by Chad Sanders

Fish out of Water: A Search for the Meaning of Life, by Eric Metaxas

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019, by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, by Analee Newitz

Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfather’s Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction, by Dave Kindred

Mike Nichols, by Mark Harris

The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient, Self-Reliant, and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety, by Harold S. Koplewicz

The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation, by Anna Malaika Tubbs

Youth Fiction

Follow That Frog, by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Ground Zero, by Alan Gratz

Love Is a Revolution, by Renée Watson

The Midnight Fair, by Gideon Sterer and illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio

Milo Imagines the World, by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Muted, by Tami Charles

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother), by David Levithan

A Place to Hang the Moon, by Kate Albus

The Project, by Courtney Summers

Red, White, and Whole, by Rajani LaRocca

Sydney & Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World, by Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by Deborah Hocking

The Year I Flew Away, by Marie Arnold

Wolfboy, by Andy Harkness

Yesterday Is History, by Kosoko Jackson

Youth Nonfiction

Chickenology: The Ultimate Encyclopedia, by Barbara Sandri and Francesco Giubbilini and illustrated by Camilla Pintonato

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance, by Deborah Hopkinson

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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