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20 Best Books To Read in September

  • FICTION

    IF I SURVIVE YOU

    SEPT. 6, 2022

FICTION

IF I SURVIVE YOU

by Jonathan Escoffery

A fine debut that looks at the complexities of cultural identity with humor, savvy, and a rich sense of place. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SHRINES OF GAIETY

    SEPT. 27, 2022

FICTION

SHRINES OF GAIETY

by Kate Atkinson

Already one of the best writers working, Atkinson just gets better and better. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE FURROWS

    SEPT. 27, 2022

FICTION

THE FURROWS

by Namwali Serpell

Stylistically refreshing and emotionally intense, cementing Serpell’s place among the best writers going. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    DUCKS

    SEPT. 13, 2022

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

DUCKS

by Kate Beaton ; illustrated by Kate Beaton

A fascinating, harrowing, unforgettable book about a place few outsiders can comprehend. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LIFE'S WORK

    SEPT. 13, 2022

NONFICTION

LIFE'S WORK

by David Milch

A master class for writers and a backstage bonanza for TV fans rolled into one unforgettable package. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BLACK SKINHEAD

    SEPT. 20, 2022

NONFICTION

BLACK SKINHEAD

by Brandi Collins-Dexter

A remarkable work that leaves us feeling hopeful for change. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    RUSSIA

    SEPT. 20, 2022

  • TEEN

    SELF-MADE BOYS

    SEPT. 6, 2022

  • TEEN

    INAUGURAL BALLERS

    SEPT. 13, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    ALWAYS, CLEMENTINE

    SEPT. 6, 2022

CHILDREN'S

ALWAYS, CLEMENTINE

by Carlie Sorosiak

Serious themes lightened by comedic touches; the strong emotional attachments will linger with readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    OH, SAL

    SEPT. 27, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    MAGNOLIA FLOWER

    SEPT. 6, 2022

CHILDREN'S

MAGNOLIA FLOWER

by Zora Neale Hurston ; adapted by Ibram X. Kendi ; illustrated by Loveis Wise

An artfully rendered tale of life and love that also conveys an essential but often overlooked chapter in U.S. history. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CHOOSING BRAVE

    SEPT. 6, 2022

CHILDREN'S

CHOOSING BRAVE

by Angela Joy ; illustrated by Janelle Washington

A devastating, uniquely told story that will resonate. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE CIRCLES IN THE SKY

    SEPT. 27, 2022

CHILDREN'S

THE CIRCLES IN THE SKY

by Karl James Mountford ; illustrated by Karl James Mountford

Speaking to heart and eye in equal measures, a beautiful treatise on remembering life and helping those left behind. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    STILL THIS LOVE GOES ON

    SEPT. 27, 2022

CHILDREN'S

STILL THIS LOVE GOES ON

by Buffy Sainte-Marie ; illustrated by Julie Flett

This story will remain in readers’ hearts long after this book is shelved. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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