Best New Books: Week of February 23, 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

Checkmate to Murder, by E. C. R. Lorac

The Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin

Smoke, by Joe Ide

Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters, by Aimee Ogden

Waiting for a Scot Like You, by Eva Leigh

Adult Nonfiction

Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race, by Shanna Swan and Stacey Colino

Speak, Okinawa, by Elizabeth Miki Brina

The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage, by Jonathan Cohn

Tom Stoppard, by Hermione Lee

Youth Fiction

It’s So Quiet: A Not-Quite-Going-to-Bed Book, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tony Fucile

The Valley and the Flood, by Rebecca Mahoney

Youth Nonfiction

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas, by María García Esperón, illustrated by Amanda Mijangos, and translated by David Bowles

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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