Best New Books: Week of April 13, 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

Antiquities, by Cynthia Ozick

The Book of Otto and Liam, by Paul Griner

Composite Creatures, by Caroline Hardaker

Dance with Death, by Will Thomas

In the Company of Killers, by Bryan Christy

Open Water, by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Something Unbelievable, by Maria Kuznetsova

Under the Wave at Waimea, by Paul Theroux

The Unkindness of Ravens, by M. E. Hilliard

What Comes After, by JoAnne Tompkins

Adult Nonfiction

The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance, by Ross King

Can I Recycle This? A Guide to Better Recycling and How to Reduce Single-Use Plastics, by Jennie Romer

Genesis: The Story of How Everything Began, by Guido Tonelli and translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell

I Had a Brother Once, by Adam Mansbach

The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth, by Michael Spitzer

Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis, by Serhii Plokhy

Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria, by Anas Atassi

Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR, by Lisa Napoli

The Triumph of Nancy Reagan, by Karen Tumulty

Youth Fiction

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls, by Kaela Rivera

The Great Godden, by Meg Rosoff

Hello, Rain!, by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Chris Turnham

Leonard (My Life as a Cat), by Carlie Sorosiak

The Rock from the Sky, by Jon Klassen

Victories Greater than Death, by Charlie Jane Anders

Yes & No, by Elisha Cooper

Youth Nonfiction

Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch, by Heidi Tyline King and illustrated by Ekua Holmes

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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