Best New Books: Week of April 6, 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

Bobby March Will Live Forever, by Alan Parks

Caul Baby, by Morgan Jerkins

First Person Singular, by Haruki Murakami and translated by Philip Gabriel

Gold Diggers, by Sanjena Sathian

Hummingbird Salamander, by Jeff VanderMeer

Leonora in the Morning Light, by Michaela Carter

Life’s Too Short, by Abby Jimenez

Maxwell’s Demon, by Steven Hall

Mother May I, by Joshilyn Jackson and read by the author

The Last Exiles, by Ann Shin

The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano, by Donna Freitas

To Love and to Loathe, by Martha Waters

You Love Me, by Caroline Kepnes

You Made Me Love You: Selected Stories 1981–2018, by John Edgar Wideman

Adult Nonfiction

The Age of Decadence: A History of Britain; 1880–1914, by Simon Heffer

Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice, 1967-1975, by Richard Thompson and Scott Timberg

Broken (in the Best Possible Way), by Jenny Lawson

The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020, by Rachel Kushner

Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity, by Charles Seife

Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour, by Rickie Lee Jones

Philip Roth, by Blake Bailey

Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance, by Mustafa Akyol

Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest, by Nate Powell

Wait, I’m Working With Who?!? The Essential Guide to Deal with Difficult Coworkers, Annoying Managers, and Other Toxic Personalities, by Peter Economy

We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy, by Natalie Baszile

Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Youth Fiction

Billy Miller Makes a Wish, by Kevin Henkes

House of Hollow, by Krystal Sutherland

Merci Suárez Can’t Dance, by Meg Medina

What Beauty There Is, by Cory Anderson

Your Mama, by NoNieqa Ramos and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

Zara Hossain Is Here, by Sabina Khan

Youth Nonfiction

Fungarium: Welcome to the Museum, by Ester Gaya and illustrated by Katie Scott

Mars Is: Stark Slopes, Silvery Snow, and Startling Surprises, by Suzanne Slade

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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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