Newly Published, From Cookie Stores to Jean Rhys

FRANCES IN THE COUNTRY, by Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. (Neal Porter / Holiday House, $ 18.99, ages 4 to 8.) Frances is tired of city lights that say “stop.” So she visits the country, where she can “go go go.” Through spirited poetry and rough-and-tumble painted-collage art, this ebullient picture book shows us the best of both worlds.

COOKIES & MILK, by Shawn Amos. Illustrated by Robert Paul Jr. (Little, Brown Young Readers, $ 16.99, ages 8 to 12.) This semi-autobiographical novel by the African American blues musician and the son of Wally “Famous” Amos, about growing up “in a cookie store,” includes a recipe and a DJ Wishbone playlist.

ONE BOY WATCHING, by Grant Snider. (Chronicle, $ 17.99, ages 3 to 5.) You might expect a post-dawn school bus ride along country roads to be drawn in muted hues, but Snider’s picture book is rendered in neon colored pencil, to reflect the vibrancy of what a boy can see by watching, counting, daydreaming.

WHAT A SHELL CAN TELL: Where They Live, What They Eat, How They Move and More, by Helen Scales. Illustrated by Sonia Pulido. (Phaidon, $ 19.95, ages 6 to 9.) Written by a marine biologist and illustrated by an artist in coastal Spain, this wondrous compendium will enthrall beachcombers and landlubbers alike.

HORSE, by Geraldine Brooks. (Viking, $ 28.) The Pulitzer Prize winner’s newest novel follows the journey of a famous racehorse, his enslaved groom and an oil painting of them both from 19th-century Kentucky to Washington, DC, in 2019.

A LIFE IN LIGHT: Meditations on Impermanence, by Mary Pipher. (Bloomsbury, $ 28.) The psychologist and best-selling author explores trauma, mental health and resilience – “the ability to find light in dark times” – in her gentle but radiant memoir.

I USED TO LIVE HERE ONCE: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys, by Miranda Seymour. (Norton, $ 32.50.) A revelatory biography of the author of “Wide Sargasso Sea,” based on newfound documents that shed light on the elusive Dominica-born British novelist’s “extraordinary and often reckless life.”

WHO YOU MIGHT BE, by Leigh N. Gallagher. (Holt, $ 27.99.) The first two sections of this fast-paced debut novel follow two sets of chaotic teenagers navigating life in the 1990s, while the third recounts their turbulent collision in 2016 Brooklyn and asks what it really means for people to define themselves .

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