Best New Books: Week of May 25, 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

Against the Law, by David Gordon

The Apocalypse Seven, by Gene Doucette

The Blacktongue Thief, by Christopher Buehlman

The Cave Dwellers, by Christina McDowell

Day Zero, by C. Robert Cargill

Heaven, by Mieko Kawakami

How to Survive a Scandal, by Samara Parish

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, by Richard Flanagan

Adult Nonfiction

Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams, by Yvonne Orji

Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution, by Carlo Rovelli

The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives, by Brian Moylan

King Richard: Nixon and Watergate: An American Tragedy, by Michael Dobbs

My Remarkable Journey: A Memoir, by Katherine Johnson, Joylette Hylick, and Katherine Moore

Period. End of Sentence: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice, by Anita Diamant

Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Ended up in Everything—and Endangered the World, by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

Youth Fiction

Brave as a Mouse, by Nicolò Carozzi

Da Vinci’s Cat, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Memory Jars, by Vera Brosgol

Misfit in Love, by S. K. Ali

Pumpkin, by Julie Murphy

A Sitting in St. James, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Youth Nonfiction

Dear Treefrog, by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Diana Sudyka

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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