New Releases Tuesday: The Best Books Out This Week

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Erica Ezeifedi

Associate Editor

Erica Ezeifedi, Associate Editor, is a transplant from Nashville, TN that has settled in the North East. In addition to being a writer, she has worked as a victim advocate and in public libraries, where she has focused on creating safe spaces for queer teens, mentorship, and providing test prep instruction free to students. Outside of work, much of her free time is spent looking for her next great read and planning her next snack. Find her on Twitter at @Erica_Eze_.

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for new books! Here are a few of the books out today you should add to your TBR. This is a very small percentage of the new releases this week. Make sure to stick around until the end for some more Book Riot resources for keeping up with new books.

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Atalanta by Jennifer Saint

After Elektra and Ariadne, Saint is back with another modern retelling of a Greek legend. Princess Atalanta is born not the son her parents wanted and so is left to the elements on a mountainside. But she survives. A mother bear, under the goddess Artemis’s watch, raises Atalanta, and she becomes a huntress molded in the goddesses’s image. Artemis has restrictions for Atalanta, though — she warns her that marriage will be her downfall. It’s when Artemis gives her the chance to satisfy her hunger for adventure with a quest for the Golden Fleece with the Argonauts that Atalanta begins to doubt her mistress. Question is if she will continue to follow Artemis or her new desires.

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Orphan Bachelors by Fae Myenne Ng

In this memoir, Ng writes of the consequences of the Exclusion Act, under which her Chinese family was suffocated. Ng came of age as the child of a seamstress mother, a sailor father, and the Orphan Bachelors of San Francisco’s Chinatown — men who were the walking embodiments of the Exclusion act. As a result of the legislation, they were unable to wed or have children, and so Ng and her siblings, and other children, became their adopted progeny. In Orphan Bachelors, Ng returns home to write the story of her ancestors who sacrificed so much.

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To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose

Fifteen-year-old Anequs is a Nampeshiweisit, a revered person “in a unique relationship with a dragon.” But the colonizing Anglish don’t agree. If she can’t succeed in what they deem to be a proper Anglish dragon school — raising the dragon she found and bonded with to their standards and conforming to their ideas of what a lady is — her dragon will be killed. Anequs will attend the school, but she will maintain her Indigenous sensibilities about dragons, the land, and herself. This is the first in a YA fantasy series that I’m super hype for.

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The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer

Clover was surrounded by death as a young child. Her kindergarten teacher died in front of her, her parents died in an accident, and the grandfather who raised her dies alone while she’s away from home. So she decides to become a death doula and help people at the end of their lives. But she spends so much time with other people’s deaths that she barely pays attention to her own life, until she meets Claudia, a grandmother who was a photojournalist in her younger years. As Clover listens to Claudia’s regrets surrounding the true love she left to marry someone else, she sets out to give the dying woman closure. The journey causes Clover to take stock of her own life, and maybe start living just a little.

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Our Hideous Progeny by C.E. McGill

In Victorian England, young scientist Mary discovers her great uncle Victor Frankenstein’s old papers, revealing a scientific discovery that could ensure her future in the field. Her and her husband decided to try Frankenstein’s techniques, but on a Plesiosaurus instead of a sewn-together human corpse. But while on this road of scientific discovery, she’ll question the predetermined role she has in the world and have to run for her life.

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Into the Groove: The Story of Sound From Tin Foil to Vinyl by Jonathan Scott 

Music writer Jonathan Scott writes about the history of capturing sound in the west. While he documents well-known inventors like Thomas Edison, he also points out the contributions of lesser-known names who contributed to the creation of vinyls, EPs, and LPs. There were a lot of smaller inventions, court cases, and competition that led up to the creation of vinyl, which Scott acknowledges as the richer audio playback format as compared to digital ones. This is an interesting look at a specific part of music history.

Other Book Riot New Releases Resources:

  • All the Books, our weekly new book releases podcast, where Liberty and a cast of co-hosts talk about eight books out that week that we’ve read and loved.
  • The New Books Newsletter, where we send you an email of the books out this week that are getting buzz.
  • Finally, if you want the real inside scoop on new releases, you have to check out Book Riot’s New Release Index! That’s where I find 90% of new releases, and you can filter by trending books, Rioters’ picks, and even LGBTQ new releases!