New Book Releases: March 10, 2020

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

Because of an apparent inability to understand what day it is, last night — when I usually work up these weekly book releases — I did next week’s releases instead. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get this week’s out in time, and I’m cutting it close. But with COVID-19 putting a massive damper on authors’ ability to do publicity and events, and because so many of us are stuck at home with extra time on our hands to read, I think it’s especially crucial that this get published. It’s late, and I’m tired, so it’ll be a bit shorter than usual, and my personal taste will even more clearly dictate which books end up on the list this week. I hope you’ll forgive me — and buy a book, or three. Supporting authors while distracting yourself from the stressful circumstances outside our doors is a win-win, in my opinion.

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MY DARK VANESSA, Kate Elizabeth Russell. One of the best books I’ve read in years. A startling, remarkable debut about an “affair” a teenager has with her English teacher, and her decades-long quest to unearth the truth of how that period of her life changed her. Read my review for GEN here. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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GOLD RUSH GIRL, Avi. In this middle-grade novel set during the California gold rush, a young girl goes on a dangerous adventure to save her brother. I don’t usually cover middle grade, but it’s Avi and set in my hometown of San Francisco! This looks absolutely delightful. Indiebound, Amazon.

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NEW WAVES, Kevin Nguyen. Two marginalized tech employees plan a heist, but when one of them unexpectedly dies, the other realizes how little he truly knew about his best friend. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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PRIVILEGE, Mary Adkins. The lives of three women collide on a college campus when one of them accuses a fellow student of sexual assault. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE ANIMALS AT LOCKWOOD MANOR, Jane Healey. A delightful, yet dark, gothic novel about a museum director tasked with evacuating the taxidermied animals in her care to a manor house in the countryside just before the Blitz. When animals begin to go missing, the director must do whatever it takes to find and protect them. I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it; it’s a spooky, escapist read that nevertheless has teeth. Read my mini-review here. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE DEEP, Alma Katsu. In this highly-anticipated thriller from the author of The Hunger, years after the Titanic disaster, a survivor must find out what was really plaguing the people on the ship before it sank — a force that might not be done terrorizing her. Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT, Hilary Mantel. A book that scarcely needs introduction: the concluding chapter to Mantel’s acclaimed historical Elizabethan trilogy about Thomas Cromwell. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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THE PERFECT WORLD OF MIWAKO SUMIDA, Clarissa Goenawan. One of my most anticipated of 2020! When a university sophomore hangs herself, the people in her life are forced to more closely examine the young woman behind the carefully-constructed facade. Aggregated critical reviews, Indiebound, Amazon.

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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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