Best New Books: Weeks of May 3 and 11, 2021

The following books, published this week and last, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!

Adult Fiction

Arsenic and Adobo, by Mia P. Manansala

Basil’s War, by Stephen Hunter

Black Water Sister, by Zen Cho

Dead of Winter, by Stephen Mack Jones

Firebreak, by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Girl in the Walls, by A. J. Gnuse

The Girl Who Died, by Ragnar Jónasson

A Good Mother, by Lara Bazelon

The House of Always, by Jenn Lyons

How Lucky, by Will Leitch

It Had to Be You, by Georgia Clark

Just Last Night, by Mhairi McFarlane

Katharine Parr: The Sixth Wife, by Alison Weir

The Lady Has a Past, by Amanda Quick

A Master of Djinn, by P. Djèlí Clark

Monkey Boy, by Francisco Goldman

The Mysteries, by Marisa Silver

Olympus, Texas, by Stacey Swann

Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

Second Place, by Rachel Cusk

The Shadow of the Gods, by John Gwynne

Sorrowland, by Rivers Solomon

Swimming Back to Trout River, by Linda Rui Feng

Tears of Amber, by Sofía Segovia and translated by Simon Bruni

That Summer, by Jennifer Weiner

Tears of Amber, by Sofía Segovia and translated by Simon Bruni

Things We Lost to the Water, by Eric Nguyen

Tiny Tales: Stories of Romance, Ambition, Kindness, and Happiness, by Alexander McCall Smith

We Are Satellites, by Sarah Pinsker

While Justice Sleeps, by Stacey Abrams

Adult Nonfiction

Berlin: The Story of a City, by Barney White-Spunner

Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing, by Pete Davis

Everybody: A Book about Freedom, by Olivia Laing

Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II, by Daniel James Brown

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard

The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood, by Julian Rubinstein

How to Grill Vegetables: The New Bible for Barbecuing Vegetables over Live Fire, by Steven Raichlen

Journey to the Edge of Reason: The Life of Kurt Gödel, by Stephen Budiansky

Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us about Our Greatest President, by Ronald C. White

Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, edited by Joy Harjo

On Juneteenth, by Annette Gordon-Reed

Sacrifice: A Gold Star Widow’s Fight for the Truth, by Michelle Black

The Secret to Superhuman Strength, by Alison Bechdel

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours, by Sarah Sentilles

Youth Fiction

And Then Came Hope, by Stephen Savage

Blade of Secrets, by Tricia Levenseller

Bubbles . . . Up!, by Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

Cool for the Summer, by Dahlia Adler

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry, by Joya Goffney

Finding Junie Kim, by Ellen Oh

Flight of the Puffin, by Ann Braden

Fred Gets Dressed, by Peter Brown

Glitter Gets Everywhere, by Yvette Clark

Hurricane Summer, by Asha Bromfield

Illusionary, by Zoraida Córdova

Incredible Doom, by Matthew Bogart and Jesse Holden

Indivisible, by Daniel Aleman

The Last Fallen Star, by Graci Kim

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey, by Erin Entrada Kelly

The Museum of Everything, by Lynne Rae Perkins

Only the Pretty Lies, by Rebekah Crane

The Road to Wherever, by John Ed Bradley

Training Day, by Raúl the Third and illustrated by Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay

Wishes, by Mượn Thị Văn and illustrated by Victo Ngai

Youth Nonfiction

Boy from Buchenwald, by Robbie Waisman and Susan McClelland

The Burning (Young Readers Edition): Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, by Tim Madigan and Hilary Beard

Kuan Yin: The Princess Who Became the Goddess of Compassion, by Maya van der Meer and illustrated by Wen Hsu

Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory, by Julie Abery and illustrated by Chris Sasaki

Sarah and the Big Wave, by Bonnie Tsui and illustrated by Sophie Diao

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy, by Emmanuel Acho

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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