New Book Releases: November 17, 2020

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

A PROMISED LAND, Barack Obama. The first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoirs. “Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come,” writes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the New York Times. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

EARTHEATER, Dolores Reyes, Julia Sanches (Translator). In an Argentinian slum, a young woman develops a compulsion to eat soil, a habit that gives her visions of broken lives, including those of her murdered mother. Kirkus calls it “compelling and visceral.” Bookshop.

THE LADY UPSTAIRS, Halley Sutton. When one of her targets is murdered, a professional blackmailer decides to take on one last job — behind the back of her dangerous, mysterious boss, known as The Lady Upstairs. (The audiobook version is narrated by Bahni Turpin, who is the absolute best.) “A scorching, knockout noir from an author to watch,” writes Kirkus in a starred review. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE ORCHARD, David Hopen. When an Orthodox Jewish teenager moves to Miami with his family, he falls in with his new high school’s most exclusive group, who push the moral boundaries of their faith to tragic ends. “This is a brilliantly conceived and crafted coming-of-age novel of ideas,” writes Booklist. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot (translator). Four connected stories about a café in Tokyo in which people can travel back in time for as long as it takes to drink a cup of coffee. “This wondrous tale will move readers,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

LITTLE WISHES, Michelle Adams. Every year for half a century, a woman receives a crocus and a note from the love of her life on her doorstep. But one day, the note doesn’t arrive, and she journeys to London in search of him. Bookshop.

NIGHTS WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED, Simon Han. When an immigrant family’s daughter begins sleepwalking, it begins a series of misunderstandings that threaten to turn the community against them. “Emotionally resonant and packed with nuance, this is an exemplary debut novel,” writes Bookpage. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

THE LAST SAILOR, Sarah Anne Johnson. A pair of troubled brothers find their lives upended when a young runaway shows up in town. Bookshop.

THE SUN COLLECTIVE, Charles Baxter. As a disparate cast of characters each search for a missing actor, they fall in with an enigmatic community group that will change all of them. “This is truly a compelling book for our times,” writes Library Journal. Aggregated critical reviews, Bookshop.

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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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