September's Hot Off the Press Fall Releases

September is the month of new beginnings. School is back in session. Rosh Hashanah welcomes the Jewish New Year. Football season starts, going hand in hand with autumn in the air. And . . .  publishers start releasing more titles, with the fall book season being followed by the industry's big holiday book releases. This list is full of enticing books I'm looking forward to reading in my cozy chair, as the weather begins to turn.

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What You Are Looking for Is in the Library By Michiko Aoyama Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781335005625
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 5th, 2023

A charming Japanese novel about how the perfect book recommendation can change a readers' life. This inspirational tale shows how, by listening to our hearts, seizing opportunity and reaching out, we too can fulfill our lifelong dreams. Which book will you recommend?


The Book of (More) Delights: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781643753096
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 19th, 2023

In Ross Gay’s new collection of small, daily wonders, again written over the course of a year, one of America’s most original voices continues his ongoing investigation of delight. 


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Chenneville: A Novel of Murder, Loss, and Vengeance By Paulette Jiles Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063252684
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Published: William Morrow - September 12th, 2023

Consumed with grief and driven by vengeance, a man undertakes an unrelenting odyssey across the lawless post–Civil War frontier, seeking redemption in this fearless novel from the award-winning author of "News of the World."


Holly By Stephen King Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781668016138
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Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2023

Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King’s most compelling and ingeniously resourceful characters, returns in this thrilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town. 


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The River We Remember: A Novel By William Kent Krueger Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982179212
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Published: Atria Books - September 5th, 2023

An unflinching look at the wounds left by the wars we fight abroad and at home. The novel is a moving exploration of the ways in which we seek to heal, and a testament to the enduring power of the stories we tell about the places we call home.


Evil Eye: A Novel By Etaf Rum Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062987907
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Published: Harper - September 5th, 2023

“A moving meditation on motherhood, inter-generational trauma and how surface appearances often obscure a deeper truth. . . . A stunning second novel from a writer who set the bar very high with her first!” — Tara Conklin


Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier By Arthur C. Brooks, Oprah Winfrey Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593545409
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Published: Portfolio - September 12th, 2023

Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey invite you to begin a journey toward greater happiness, no matter how challenging your circumstances. Drawing on cutting-edge science and their years of helping people translate ideas into action, they show you how to improve your life right now instead of waiting for the outside world to change.


Our Little Farm: Adventures in Sustainable Living By Peter Wohlleben, Miriam Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst (Translator) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771646253
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Published: Greystone Books - September 19th, 2023

From Peter Wohlleben, tree lover and author of "The Hidden Life of Trees," and his wife, Miriam, comes an inspired, practical memoir of creating a sustainable homestead amongst the trees.


Sing a Black Girl's Song: The Unpublished Work of Ntozake Shange By Ntozake Shange, Imani Perry (Editor), Tarana Burke (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Ntozake Shange, Imani Perry (Editor), Tarana Burke (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780306828515
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Published: Legacy Lit - September 12th, 2023

Never-before-seen unpublished works by award-winning American literary icon Ntozake Shange, featuring essays, plays, and poems from the archives of the seminal Black feminist writer who stands alongside giants like Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Curated by Imani Perr.


Amazing Grace Adams: A Novel By Fran Littlewood Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250334152
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 5th, 2023

"I dare you not to fall wildly in love with Grace...It's a book about love, about grace, about even when we fall from those we love we can always find our way home...You will laugh on the first page and you will keep laughing until you're crying on the last page." ― Jenna Bush Hager, The Today Show's #ReadwithJenna


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Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell By Sy Montgomery, Matt Patterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Matt Patterson (Illustrator)
$28.99
ISBN: 9780358458180
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Published: Mariner Books - September 19th, 2023

National Book Award finalist for "The Soul of an Octopus" Sy Montgomery turns her journalistic curiosity to the wonder and wisdom of our long-lived cohabitants—turtles—and through their stories of hope and rescue, reveals to us astonishing new perspectives on time and healing.


The Pole: A Novel By J. M. Coetzee Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781324093862
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Published: Liveright - September 19th, 2023

Reminiscent of James Joyce’s “The Dead” in its exploration of love and loss, "The Pole," with lean prose and surprising feints, is a haunting work, evoking the “inexhaustible palette of sensations, from blind love to compassion” (Berna González Harbour, El País), typical of Coetzee’s finest novels.


Before the Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights By Dylan C. Penningroth Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781324093107
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Published: Liveright - September 26th, 2023

A prize-winning scholar draws on astonishing new research to demonstrate how Black people used the law to their advantage long before the Civil Rights Movement. "Before the Movement" is an account of Black legal lives that looks beyond the Constitution and the criminal justice system to recover a rich, broader vision of Black life — a vision allied with, yet distinct from, “the freedom struggle.”


Do You Remember Being Born?: A Novel By Sean Michaels Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781662602320
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Published: Astra House - September 5th, 2023

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels’s moving, innovative and deeply-felt novel about an aging poet who agrees to collaborate with a Big Tech company’s poetry AI, named Charlotte.


Mother-Daughter Murder Night: A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick By Nina Simon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063315044
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Published: William Morrow - September 5th, 2023

Nothing brings a family together like a murder next door. “The perfect mix of family drama and murder mystery” (Kellye Garrett) in this lighthearted whodunnit about a grandmother-mother-daughter trio of amateur sleuths. Think: Gilmore Girls, but with murder.


Wild Girls: How the Outdoors Shaped the Women Who Challenged a Nation (A Norton Short) By Tiya Miles Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781324020875
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2023

An award-winning historian shows how girls who found self-understanding in the natural world became women who changed America. This beautiful, meditative work of history puts girls of all races — and the landscapes they loved — at center stage and reveals the impact of the outdoors on women’s independence, resourcefulness, and vision.


All You Have to Do Is Call By Kerri Maher Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593102213
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Published: Berkley - September 19th, 2023

A dramatic and inspiring novel based on the true story of the Jane Collective and the brave women who fought for our right to choose, from author of "The Paris Bookseller."


The Fraud: A Novel By Zadie Smith Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780525558965
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Published: Penguin Press - September 5th, 2023

From acclaimed and bestselling novelist Zadie Smith, a kaleidoscopic work of historical fiction set against the legal trial that divided Victorian England, about who gets to tell their story — and who gets to be believed.


While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence By Meg Kissinger Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250793775
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Published: Celadon Books - September 5th, 2023

"While You Were Out "begins as the personal story of one family’s struggles then opens outward, as Kissinger details how childhood tragedy catalyzed a journalism career focused on exposing our country’s flawed mental health care. Combining the intimacy of memoir with the rigor of investigative reporting, the book explores the consequences of shame, the havoc of botched public policy, and the hope offered by new treatment strategies.


Ten Birds That Changed the World By Stephen Moss Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541604469
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Published: Basic Books - September 12th, 2023

Naturalist and author Stephen Moss tells the gripping story of this long and intimate relationship through key species from all seven of the world’s continents. From Odin’s faithful raven companions to Darwin’s finches, and from the wild turkey of the Americas to the emperor penguin as potent symbol of the climate crisis, this is a fascinating, eye-opening, and endlessly engaging work of natural history. 


Normal Rules Don't Apply: Stories By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385549509
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Published: Doubleday - September 12th, 2023

A dazzling collection of eleven interconnected stories from the bestselling, award-winning author of "Shrines of Gaiety" and "Life After Life," with everything that readers love about her novels — the inventiveness, the verbal felicity, the sharp observations on human nature, and the deeply satisfying emotional wallop.


How Far to the Promised Land: One Black Family's Story of Hope and Survival in the American South By Esau McCaulley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593241080
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Published: Convergent Books - September 12th, 2023

A thrilling and tender epic about being Black in America. It’s a book that questions our too-simple narratives about poverty and upward mobility, a book in which the people normally written out of the American Dream are given voice.


The Wren, the Wren: A Novel By Anne Enright Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781324005681
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2023

"The Wren, the Wren" brings to life three generations of McDaragh women who must contend with inheritances — of poetic wonder and of abandonment by a man who is lauded in public and carelessly selfish at home. Their other, stronger inheritance is a sustaining love that is “more than a strand of DNA, but a rope thrown from the past, a fat twisted rope, full of blood.” In sharp prose studded with crystalline poetry, Anne Enright masterfully braids a family story of longing, betrayal, and hope.


The Vaster Wilds: A Novel By Lauren Groff Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593418390
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 12th, 2023

Lauren Groff’s new novel is at once a thrilling adventure story and a penetrating fable about trying to find a new way of living in a world succumbing to the churn of colonialism. "The Vaster Wilds" is a work of raw and prophetic power that tells the story of America in miniature, through one girl at a hinge point in history, to ask how—and if—we can adapt quickly enough to save ourselves.


The Witches of Bone Hill: A Novel By Ava Morgyn Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250835437
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 26th, 2023

A spellbinding, romantic novel about family secrets and two young women who discover they're Nordic witches.


Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point By Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593443071
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Published: Crown - September 12th, 2023

In this revelatory book, Levitsky and Ziblatt issue an urgent call to reform our politics. It’s a daunting task, but we have remade our country before — most notably, after the Civil War and during the Progressive Era. And now we are at a crossroads: America will either become a multiracial democracy or cease to be a democracy at all.


Nineteen Steps: A Novel By Millie Bobby Brown Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063335776
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Published: William Morrow - September 12th, 2023

Emmy-nominated actress and producer Millie Bobby Brown's "Nineteen Steps" is a captivating novel inspired by the true events of her family's experience during World War II. “Inspired by my Nanny Ruth, this book is very personal and close to my heart. I grew up listening to stories about her time living through the war. I’m honored to keep her story alive.” — Millie Bobby Brown


The Times: How the Newspaper of Record Survived Scandal, Scorn, and the Transformation of Journalism By Adam Nagourney Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780451499363
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Published: Crown - September 26th, 2023

A sweeping behind-the-scenes look at the last four turbulent decades of “the paper of record,” The New York Times, as it confronted world-changing events, internal scandals, and faced the existential threat of the internet. Immersive, meticulously researched, and filled with powerful stories of the rise and fall of the men and women who ran the most important newspaper in the nation, "The Times" is a definitive account of the most pivotal years in New York Times history.


The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts By Loren Grush Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781982172800
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Published: Scribner - September 12th, 2023

In the bestselling tradition of "Hidden Figures" and "Code Girls," the remarkable true story of America’s first women astronauts — six extraordinary women, each making history going to orbit aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle.


The Wolves of Eternity: A Novel By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken (Translated by) Cover Image
By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593490839
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Published: Penguin Press - September 19th, 2023

From the internationally bestselling author Karl Ove Knausgaard, a sprawling and deeply human novel that questions the responsibilities we have toward one another and ourselves — and the limits of what we can understand about life itself.


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North Woods: A Novel By Daniel Mason Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593597033
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Published: Random House - September 19th, 2023

A sweeping novel about a single house in the woods of New England, told through the lives of those who inhabit it across the centuries — “a time-spanning, genre-blurring work of storytelling magic” (The Washington Post) from the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of "The Piano Tuner "and "The Winter Soldier."