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    Updated on Sep 9, 2020. Posted on Sep 8, 2020

    Here Are A Few Books Coming Out This Week That We Couldn't Get Enough Of

    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:

    What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

    Riverhead Books

    Sigrid Nunez is one of my favorite writers. She has this way of getting immediately to an emotional truth — nothing flowery, just frank, powerful, and real. In her latest, we follow the narrator as her friend is dealing with terminal cancer. But more than that, it’s about the people she encounters every day, the conversations she has, and the ways in which she learns about what everyone is going through. It’s about empathy and human connection, and I loved it. — Arianna Rebolini

    Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston

    Tordotcom

    Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston is an ecological fantasy set in the African-inspired Arkhysian Empire. The Arkhysian Empire is slowly dying. The poison deserts are encroaching on the land and killing the crops and the animals that live there. Djola is a member of the council as a spymaster. When the council didn't like his advice about how to solve the ecological disaster that faces the Empire, they exiled him. Awa is the second character in the novel and she is a griot in training. She's learning how to go to the spirit worlds to visit the kingdoms and the people who live there. This is a slow-burn literary fantasy that has a lot to dig into. — Margaret Kingsbury

    World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

    Milkweed Editions

    World of Wonders is a really delightful book. It's a series of essays by poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil about the flora and fauna that have filled her with awe — things like narwhals, axolotls, and touch-me-not plants. But as much as these are odes to these creatures, they're also pieces of personal writing about how Aimee has turned to the natural world for the strength to survive her own hardships. It's really beautiful and you'll learn a lot, too. — Arianna Rebolini

    The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

    Orbit

    Andrea Stewart's debut novel, The Bone Shard Daughter, is an excellent first book in a new epic fantasy series. The emperor carves bone shards from everyone in the empire to create constructs that serve as his military, spies, and as servants. Lin is his daughter and she desperately wants to become empress, but in order to do so she needs to learn her father's bone shard magic and he refuses to teach her. Jovis is a smuggler who takes children away from their bone shard ceremonies. And he also has an animal companion who heightens his strength and his fighting abilities. Ranami and Phalue are in love and they're also trying to overthrow Phalue's father, who is a governor of the empire. These stories intersect, creating an action-packed epic fantasy about power, corruption, and ethical choices. — Margaret Kingsbury

    For more new release recommendations, click here. What's the best book you read this week? Tell us in the comments!