New Book Releases: March 16, 2021

Angela Lashbrook
3 min readMar 15, 2021

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

THE MEMORY COLLECTORS, Kim Neville. Two women with the ability to detect the emotions people leave behind on objects are determined to create a museum of memory using the objects, while learning to control their gifts to prevent it from wielding control over them. Read a Q&A with the author here. “Like the magical objects collected by its protagonists, this novel is emotionally transformative,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.

THE ART OF WEARING A TRENCH COAT: STORIES, Sergi Pàmies, Adrian Nathan West (translator). A French writer and the son of Spanish political refugees contemplates loss in this collection of short stories. Bookshop.

BODY OF STARS, Laura Maylene Walter. In a world in which a woman’s moles, freckles, and scars are interpreted like constellations to determine their futures, a young woman and her body-interpreter brother learn a secret about their family that will irrevocably change their future. Bookshop.

CREATURES OF PASSAGE, Morowa Yejidé. A taxi driver recovering from her twin brother’s murder and a young boy struggling to understand an act of molestation he witnessed at his school are brought together by a cryptic letter about a mysterious figure known as the “River Man.” “Historic detail and mythic folklore forge a scary, thrilling vision of life along America’s margins,” writes Kirkus. Bookshop.

THE WHISPERING HOUSE, Elizabeth Brooks. An unsettling gothic novel about a young woman who discovers a painting of her sister, who died by suicide years ago, in a grand manor, where she soon becomes obsessed with the young proprietor. “This is an exquisitely creepy page-turner,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

THE LAST SECRET YOU’LL EVER KEEP, Laurie Faria Stolarz. A teen goes on the hunt to find her missing friend, whom she grew close with after discovering they…

Angela Lashbrook

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.