Best New Books: Week of June 1, 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

Bewilderness, by Karen Tucker

The Eagle’s Claw, by Jeff Shaara

How to Kidnap the Rich, by Rahul Raina

Lizzie & Dante, by Mary Bly

A Lowcountry Bride, by Preslaysa Williams

Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One Last Stop, by Casey McQuiston

The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Portrait of a Mirror, by A. Natasha Joukovsky

Ridgeline, by Michael Punke

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu, by Tom Lin

Adult Nonfiction

House of Sticks, by Ly Tran

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America, by Clint Smith

Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape, by Cal Flyn

The Puma Years, by Laura Coleman

Raising Feminist Boys: How to Talk with Your Child about Gender, Consent, and Empathy, by Bobbi Wegner

Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey across America, by Elizabeth Letts

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, by Rebecca Hall and illustrated by Hugo Martínez

Youth Fiction

The Darkness Outside Us, by Eliot Schrefer

Dumplings for Lili, by Melissa Iwai

An Emotion of Great Delight, by Tahereh Mafi

The Ghosts We Keep, by Mason Deaver

My America, by Karen Katz

One Great Lie, by Deb Caletti

Sisters of the Neversea, by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Skate for Your Life, by Leo Baker and illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

Strange Creatures, by Phoebe North

The Street Belongs to Us, by Karleen Pendleton Jiménez and illustrated by Gabriela Godoy

Youth Nonfiction

Continuum, by Chella Man and illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

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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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