New Book Releases: February 25, 2020

Each Monday, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that week.

142 OSTRICHES, April Dávila. The young caretaker of an ostrich ranch must face the mysteries and traumas of her family’s legacy —while caring for 142 suddenly barren ostriches. Indiebound, Amazon.

ALICE ASKS THE BIG QUESTIONS, Laurent Gounelle, Sandra Smith (translator). A publicist and avowed atheist endeavors to help her friend, the priest of a struggling local church, attract more parisioners. Indiebound, Amazon.

APARTMENT, Teddy Wayne. Two Columbia MFA students, one privileged and one struggling, manage interrelational tensions brought about by their radically different class upbringings. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

APEIROGON, Colum McCann. An Israeli and a Palestinian, both of whom lost their children in the conflict, use their grief as a message for peace. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

FINNA, Nino Cipri. Two minimum-wage employees at a large Swedish furniture store must track an elderly customer who disappeared through a portal into another dimension. Indiebound, Amazon.

GREENWOOD, Michael Christie. A multigenerational family saga about a wealthy family who made their money through lumber — and crime. Indiebound, Amazon.

TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO, Walter Mosley. A P.I. must protect his 92-year-old client, who is tasked with delivering a letter to an heiress whose father is corrupt and murderous. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

OONA OUT OF ORDER, Margarita Montimore. On New Years Eve in 1982, a 18-year old faints and finds herself suddenly 32, soon learning that each passing year, she’ll be catapulted into another, random year of her life. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

PRETTY AS A PICTURE, Elizabeth Little. A film editor decamps to the set of her latest movie, where the cast and crew are behaving in strange and unsettling ways, and a group of teen girls is investigating a murder — while the killer is on the loose. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE LOST DIARY OF M, Paul Wolfe. A reimagining of the life of Mary Pinchot Meyer, a painter and socialite with ties to the Kennedys and the CIA who died a mysterious death. Indiebound, Amazon.

RED HOOD, Elana K. Arnold. A contemporary YA fantasy retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Indiebound, Amazon.

RED LETTER DAYS, Sarah-Jane Stratford. When a screenwriter in 1950s New York is blacklisted as a suspected Communist, she escapes to London where she works for a producer intent on hiring blacklisted writers. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES, Kerri Maher. A fictionalized retelling of the life of Grace Kelly. Indiebound, Amazon.

LOW, Jeet Thayil. A recent widower travels to Bombay in search of an illusive, dangerous drug called Meow Meow. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY, Luke Arnold. In a world that’s lost its magic, a former soldier turned P.I. is hired to find a centuries-old vampire who’s a teacher at a school for magical children. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US, Tricia Levenseller. In this YA fantasy, a girl with a plan to woo the King, marry him, then kill him and steal his crown discovers she’s not the only one who wants him dead. Indiebound, Amazon.

TOO MUCH: HOW VICTORIAN CONSTRAINTS STILL BIND WOMEN TODAY. Rachel Vorona Cote. A book about how culture limits women from living their full lives. Read an excerpt from the introduction here and a chapter about Ramona Quimby here. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE SOUND OF STARS, Alechia Dow. On an earth governed by aliens who forbid creative expression, a librarian of an illegal library must work with an alien who loves pop music to find a missing book. Indiebound, Amazon.

THE WANTING LIFE, Mark Rader. A family saga about three members of the Novak family, including a closeted gay Catholic priest, his caretaker sister, and her artist daughter, set in 2009 Cape Cod and 1970s Rome. Indiebound, Amazon.

I’m a columnist for OneZero, where I write about the intersection of health & tech. Also seen at Elemental, The Atlantic, VICE, and Vox. Brooklyn, NY.

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