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New Book Releases You Need to Put On Your List

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2020 has been a hard year for everyone, including authors and booksellers. Below are some books that were released during the second half of the year that you may not have heard of.  

End the year with some new, fantastic books and try something new — and do not forget to support your local indie bookstores, or use  

“Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam 

This book is about a family that goes on vacation in a remote area of Long Island but is disrupted when an older couple knocks on their door during a sudden blackout. And when they lose all communication from the outside world, it becomes harder to know who to trust. This read is a suspenseful thriller about parenthood, race and class. 

“White Ivy” by Susie Yang 

Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar, who steals from her loved ones and should not be trusted. After she becomes obsessed with a boy from school, she is sent to China by her grandmother after she discovers what the granddaughter is doing. Years later, she bumps into the boy’s family by chance and what follows is a dangerously perilous mystery about a young woman who will do anything for power.  

“Elatsoe” by Darcie Little Badger  

This young adult fantasy is about a girl named Elatsoe who can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. After her cousin is murdered, she seeks to find out what happened, but the secrets of Willowbee are buried deep. 

“Transcendent” Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi 

This book is Gyasi’s sophomore novel about a family from Ghana that struggles to make a home for themselves in small-town Alabama. While in medical school, Gifty turns to the church she was raised in to help figure out some of the trauma her family experienced in their lives. A moving book about immigrants suffering from grief, addiction and faith, this is certainly one to read. 

Ariel Parker

Contributing Writer