The Best New Books to Read This Month

Whether you’re looking for a captivating novel, a fascinating investigation, or a poignant memoir, September has something for everyone. Here are ten new releases that caught our eye this month.

1

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

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In her sophomore novel, Ng (Everything I Never Told You) transports readers to a seemingly picture-perfect Cleveland suburb in the late 1990s. The lives of Elena Richardson, a wealthy stay-at-home mother, and Mia Warren, an artist and single mother, are entangled when Mia moves to town and begins renting an apartment from Elena. When their community is scandalized by a local custody battle over a Chinese-American baby, Elena and Mia find themselves taking opposite sides. Readers will tear through this novel as Ng unravels the secrets in Elena and Mia’s pasts, and their connections to the custody case.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

Available September 12.


2

Comfort Food Diaries, by Emily Nunn

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Can food really heal a broken heart? Emily Nunn, a professional food writer and former magazine editor, set out to answer just that. After a series of tragedies and setbacks, including the death of her brother and a broken engagement, Nunn traveled the country, visiting friends and cooking with them. Through her travels and the recipes she shares with others, she is finally able to find space to heal. This heartwarming memoir, packed with mouthwatering recipes, is an excellent reminder that food can be nourishing to both the body and the heart.

To buy: $15; amazon.com.

Available September 26.


3

Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust

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This chilling reimagining of Snow White is told from two perspectives: Mina, a controlling young stepmother bewitched to have a heart made of glass, and Lynet, a girl created from the snow in the image of her late mother. Interweaving stories from the past and present, Bashardoust explores the relationship between the two enemies, and the devastating curse that binds them together.

To buy: $11; amazon.com.

Available September 5.



4

The Woman Who Smashed Codes, by Jason Fagone

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This fascinating book tells the real-life story of Elizebeth Friedman, who helped her husband, cryptanalyst William Friedman, break codes the early 1900s. Unfortunately, because rampant sexism prevalent at the time, the couple never exposed that they split the work evenly. Fagone's riveting book gives Friedman the credit she is long due and celebrates the couple's important work.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

Available September 26.


5

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz

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Fans of Stieg Larsson, rejoice: This new novel from David Lagercrantz continues the Millennium series that started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In this new story, Lisbeth Salander is back with a new mission: exploring the secrets of her dark past and finding out what happened to her family. This tense and heart-pounding novel will bring readers back to the psychiatric hospital where Lisbeth was kept as a child and reveal the mysteries that hide there.

To buy: $16; amazon.com.

Available September 12.


6

The Book of Separation, by Tova Mirvis

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After growing up in a close, Orthodox Jewish family, Tova Mirvis began to develop doubts about her faith and its conservative practices. In this poignant memoir, Mirvis chronicles her decision, at 40, to finally listen to the voice in her head telling her to leave her religion, her marriage, and her family. She explores what it means to truly be yourself, even if it means giving up everything you’ve ever known.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

Available September 19.



7

The Twelve-Mile Straight, by Eleanor Henderson

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It’s the year 1930 in Cotton County, Georgia, and Elma Jesup, the daughter of a white sharecropper, gives birth to two babies: one light skinned and one dark. Looking for answers, her father accuses a field hand of rape and lynches him, setting off a string of events that will have a lasting affect on their entire community. This provocative novel explores both the intimate family drama and the greater social context in which everyone's actions take place.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

Available September 12.


8

George and Lizzie, by Nancy Pearl

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In many ways, George and Lizzie couldn’t be more different: She’s a jaded and overanalyzed daughter of famous psychologists, and he’s from a tight-knit family in Oklahoma. Weaving in stories from different points in the couple’s relationship, NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl explores Lizzie’s past loves to shed light on her complicated present. Sweet, funny and sometimes heartbreaking, this tender novel is a meditation on the reality of love and relationships.

To buy: $22; amazon.com.

Available September 5.


9

We Were Strangers Once, by Betsy Carter

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This moving historical novel follows a group of young Jewish immigrants who flee to New York City in the 1930s. Through ups and downs, they chase an uncertain future, but remain dedicated to building a new life, even if it means giving up their past lives as doctors and writers to sell sandwiches and cheese to make ends meet. Carter’s novel is a moving story of loss, longing, and perseverance.

To buy: $18; amazon.com.

Available September 12.



10

Little Soldiers, by Lenora Chu

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In Little Soldiers, Lenora Chu, an American journalist of Chinese descent, recounts her experience enrolling her son in China's ultra-intense state-run public school system. While she saw some positive results—her son quickly learned Mandarin and made friends—she also observed some troubling behaviors. This provocative investigation examines cultural differences between the East and West, and the benefits and shortcomings of how both approach education.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

Available September 19.