New Book Releases: May 19, 2020

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

RODHAM, Curtis Sittenfeld. A reimagining of the life of Hillary Clinton, by the bestselling author of Prep and American Wife. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE TREE AND THE VINE, Dola de Jong, Kristen Gehrman (translator). Two women struggle with their feelings for each other as the Nazi army approaches Amsterdam. First published in 1955. Bookshop.

THE SILENCE, Susan Allott. A woman returns home to Australia after long-buried secrets about her father’s potential involvement in a young woman’s disappearance 30 years ago begin to surface. Bookshop.

THINGS YOU WOULD KNOW IF YOU GREW UP AROUND HERE, Nancy Wayson Dinan. A young woman with a magical sense of empathy journeys across an almost fantastical Texan landscape, looking for her friend who disappeared during the Memorial Day floods of 2015. I loved this book; it vividly depicts a stunning Texas teeming with life, memories, and ghosts. Read my mini-review here. Bookshop.

THE PRETTIEST STAR, Carter Sickels. After the AIDS epidemic kills all his closest friends, a man returns home to a rural Appalachia he once was desperate to escape. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THESE WOMEN, Ivy Pochoda. The carefully-constructed lives of five different women begin to crumble when two murders rock their neighborhood in South Los Angeles. The Wall Street Journal calls it “flawless.” Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE NEW GIRL, Harriet Walker. A freelance journalist takes a temp job as an editor when the woman who holds the position takes maternity leave — and discovers she doesn’t want to give up the job, or the glamorous life that comes with it. Bookshop.

PEANUT BUTTER: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, MIDNIGHT, Tim Lannan, James Annabel. A cookbook devoted to peanut butter. I have never showcased a cookbook on my weekly book release lists, but I just… really am excited for this one. Bookshop.

THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES, Suzanne Collins. The much-anticipated sequel to the Hunger Games trilogy, chronicling President Snow’s rise to power. Bookshop.

KEEP SAYING THEIR NAMES, Simon Stranger. A Jewish family moves into the former home of the Nazi double agent who killed their great grandfather decades ago. Bookshop.

HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, Laura Hankin. A musician takes a job playing music for rich New Yorkers’ children, only to find herself falling for her employers and their charming young charges. Bookshop.

STRAY, Stephanie Danler. A memoir of a childhood governed by addiction and a young adulthood transformed by love and loss, by the author of Sweetbitter. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

DRIFTS, Kate Zambreno. A writer, frustrated by her progress on her novel, experiences a series of disruptions that distract her from her work and change the course of her life. “For readers in the mood for an adventure, this is a giddily enjoyable read,” writes Bookpage. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

BEACH READ, Emily Henry. A romance writer and a literary novelist, on vacation in neighboring beach houses, decide to work in each other’s genre for the summer. Jasmine Guillory calls it “a touching and heartfelt book.” Bookshop.

BOYS OF ALABAMA, Genevieve Hudson. A German teen immigrant in Alabama navigates supernatural powers, his prowess on the football team, and his all-consuming relationship with the strange Pan. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

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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