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    7 New Book Releases We Loved And Why You Should Read Them

    With a fresh list on Tuesdays.

    Hello, book lovers! Each week, dozens and dozens of new releases hit the shelves. Below are some of the reads BuzzFeed Books writers and contributors loved the most:

    Snapped by Alexa Martin


    When Denver Mustangs quarterback Quinton Howard Jr. takes a knee during the national anthem at a game, he finds himself working alongside strategic communications manager Elliot Reed. Though things between them get off to a rocky start, they realize they have more in common than they thought. However, their growing feelings are risky with their jobs and integrity on the line. —Shyla Watson

    Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

    Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

    Taking place in the kingdom of Aloriya, peaceful and prosperous since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest, Among the Beasts and Briars follows Cerys, the daughter of the palace gardener. When she was young, she barely escaped the forest that killed her friends and her mother, for as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew cursed and dark. But the biggest threat she faces in the royal gardens is the pesky fox who wouldn't leave her alone. That changes when a new queen, Cerys’s best friend, Anwen, is crowned. Things that had been hidden in the woods emerge, and Cerys is forced on the run, alongside that pesky fox. And now it’s up to the two of them, with the help of a strange and powerful bear, to find the Lady of the Wilds and save her home. —Rachel Strolle

    The Candlelit Menagerie by Caraline Brown

    Arcade Publishing

    Lillian has never fit in anywhere. She’s taller than most men, and she’s always stuck out in 18th century London society. Then she stumbles upon an exotic animal menagerie. There, she feels at home among the large animals, especially Leo the lion. Lillian quickly gets a job caring for the animals, eventually taking over and marrying another animal lover. Lillian’s life is perfect — until tragedy strikes and turns it upside down. —Kirby Beaton

    Prospects of a Woman by Wendy Voorsanger

    She Writes Press

    Elisabeth and her new husband set off to California to find her father, who’s supposedly made it big during the Gold Rush. But when he turns out not to be the man she remembered, and her husband, Nate, begins to question his sexuality, Elisabeth feels lost. With only self-reliance, letters to her friend Louisa May Alcott, and a Californian man she just met to keep her company, Elisabeth will have to live on her own terms. —Kirby Beaton

    Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton

    Soft Skull Press

    Matsuda’s eerie and bewitching short story collection updates traditional Japanese ghost stories with a feminist bent, centered on women whose grief, rage, and exhaustion turn them into something supernatural, often monstrous. Take “Smartening Up,” a retelling of “The Maid of Dojo Temple,” which follows a young woman whose aunt — dead by suicide, tired of being “a kept woman” — visits her one night with a plan to get vengeance on a world that asks too much of women and gives too little back. There are the door-to-door sales representatives who are unusually persuasive; the calligrapher who spends her days watching believers visit the grave of a woman sentenced to death long ago for a crime of passion; the woman who fishes a skeleton out of a river and finds she’s released a long-dead woman’s spirit. The stories are coy, ambiguous, and just the right amount of creepy. —Arianna Rebolini

    IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives by Chris Stedman

    Broadleaf Books

    This one’s a must-read for anyone who’s condemned the internet for creating huge social disconnect, and everyone whose lived experiences prove otherwise. Stedman explores the many ways people form meaningful relationships and reveal their authentic selves through social media and forums — often with more success and freedom than in their “real” lives. Which brings me to an especially salient point — that this distinction between our digital and physical lives is an antiquated one, and both are equally real. —Arianna Rebolini

    Chris Stedman will discuss IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, And Belonging in Our Digital Lives tonight at 7 p.m. ET. (More info.)

    Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee


    Phoenix Extravagant is a standalone fantasy set in a world reminiscent of Korea during the Japanese occupation of the early 1900s. Jebi is a nonbinary artist hired by the Ministry of Armour to paint magical sigils onto masks for the conquering government's automata. Jebi doesn’t consider themselves political, but after befriending a pacifist dragon automata, Jebi decides they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the dragon from becoming a weapon of war used to kill and subdue their people. Unfortunately, Jebi discovers that sometimes you have to choose a side. Rich in character development, this inventive fantasy novel is a beautiful look at art and pacifism in a time of war. —Margaret Kingsbury

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