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New Books Calendar: September 2021

Welcome to our new books list for September 2021!!!

September is the first month of the Fall or Autumn season but it has always felt like the start of an unofficial new year!  Maybe it’s because of the new school year, but either way, I’m looking forward to adding some new books to my shelves.  Readers have much to look forward to.  So check out this list of new books that will be gracing shelves in September!

THE WEEKS OF:

SEPTEMBER 7th

Fault Lines by Emily Itami

For fans of Sally Rooney and Helen Fielding, a witty, sharp, and moving debut novel exploring the frustrations of motherhood, the imbalance of a marriage, and the loss of self as a family builds around you.

Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight

In this relentlessly twisty literary thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight, a desperate intervention brings together a group of college friends 10 years after graduation—a reunion marked by lies, betrayal, and murder.

Dinner Then Dessert: Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5, or 7 Ingredients by Sabrina Snyder

Learn how to make easy, practical, mouth-watering meals in this first-ever cookbook featuring over 100 full-color photos from the genius chef behind the very successful, no-nonsense food website Dinner Then Dessert.

The Royal Correspondent by Alexandra Joel

The author of The Paris Model captures the glamour, style, excitement, and romance of a bygone era in this sumptuous novel—set in the Sydney and London of the 1960s—about an up-and-coming young Australian reporter with a deadly secret.

Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night by Jon Kalman Stefansson, Translated by Philip Roughton 

From the “Icelandic Dickens (Irish Examiner),” a writer who “shares the elemental grandeur of Cormac McCarthy” (Times Literary Supplement), comes this profound and playful masterwork of literature—winner of the Icelandic Literature Prize and longlisted for France’s Prix Medicis Étrangere—that ponders the beauty and mystery of life and our deepest existential questions.

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian

With the sharp-edged wit of Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL meets the smart, sexy voice of Caroline Kepnes’ YOU, NEVER SAW ME COMING is a dynamic debut thriller about a group of students diagnosed with psychopathy who are being hunted on campus, with explosive results.

Nice Girls by Catherine Dang

A pulse-pounding and deviously dark debut, written with the psychological acuity and emotional punch of Luckiest Girl Alive and All the Missing Girls, that explores the hungry, angry, dark side of girlhood and dares to ask what is most dangerous to a woman: showing the world what it wants to see, or who she really is?

The Collector’s Daughter by Gill Paul

Bestselling author Gill Paul returns with a brilliant novel about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the woman who took the very first step into the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, and who lived in the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and the long after-effects of the Curse of Pharaohs.

No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother was shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it.

The Archer by Shruti Swamy

Kiese Laymon called Shruti Swamy’s debut book of stories, A House Is a Body, “one of the greatest short story collections of the 2020s.” Now, Swamy brings us an accomplished and immersive coming-of-age novel set in the Bombay of the 1960s and 1970s.

The Pick-Up by Miranda Kenneally

Meeting a gorgeous guy in a rideshare headed to Lollapalooza is not how Mari expected her Chicago summer to start. She doesn’t believe in dating…but TJ may just change her mind. Can an electric, weekend romance turn into more than just a summer fling?

The Auschwitz Photographer by Luca Crippa, Maurizio Onnis

This eye-opening nonfiction narrative focuses on Wilhelm Brasse, the brave photographer forced to record the horrors of Auschwitz. Despite orders to destroy his photos, he saved them so we might never forget.

In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström

Three Black women—a powerhouse executive, a former model, and a Somali refugee—are linked in unexpected ways to the same influential white man in Stockholm.

Witch Please by Ann Aguirre

Gilmore Girls meets Practical Magic in a new witchy rom-com, where a long-standing family feud stands in the way of true love.

Castaway Mountain by Saumya Roy

In a narrative instilled with superstition and magical realism, Saumya Roy crafts a modern parable exploring the consequences of urban overconsumption. A moving testament to the impact of fickle desires, Castaway Mountain reveals that when you own nothing, you know where true value lies: in family, community and love.

Hao by Ye Chun

An extraordinary debut collection of short stories by a three-time Pushcart Prize winner following Chinese women in both China and the United States who turn to signs and languages as they cross the alien landscapes of migration and motherhood.

The Lost Notebook of Édouard Manet by Maureen Gibbon

Set in the richly drawn art world of nineteenth-century Paris, this stunning historical novel imagines Édouard Manet’s last days in an indelible snapshot of genius, illness, and the dying embers of passion.

The Living and the Lost by Ellen Feldman

From the author of Paris Never Leaves You, a gripping story of a young German Jewish woman who returns to Allied Occupied Berlin from America to face the past and unexpected future.

Brothers on Three by Abe Streep

From journalist Abe Streep, the story of coming of age on a reservation in the American West and a team uniting a community.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. They get together, they break apart, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in.

L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón

FORECAST: Storm clouds are on the horizon in this fun, fast-paced novel of a Mexican American family from the author of the #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller Esperanza’s Box of Saints.

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget. Think you know the person you married? Think again.

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

Perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Isabel Allende, and Sarah Addison Allen, this is a gorgeously written novel about a family searching for the truth hidden in their past and the power they’ve inherited, from the author of the Brooklyn Brujas series.

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another riveting work of psychological suspense about a beautiful young couple’s disappearance on a gorgeous summer night, and the mother who will never give up trying to find them.

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

In this witty and heartwarming romantic comedy—reminiscent of Red, White & Royal Blue and One to Watch—an awkward tech wunderkind on a reality dating show goes off-script when sparks fly with his producer.

Rizzio by Denise Mina

From the multi-award-winning master of crime, Denise Mina delivers a radical new take on one of the darkest episodes in Scottish history—the bloody assassination of David Rizzo private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, in the queen’s chambers in Holyrood Palace.

Forever Young by Hayley Mills

Iconic actress Hayley Mills shares personal memories from her storied childhood, growing up in a famous acting family and becoming a Disney child star, trying to grow up in a world that wanted her to stay forever young.

Poe for Your Problems by Catherine Baab-Muguira

When life’s got you down and things aren’t going your way, who better to turn to than Edgar Allan Poe? Discover how to say “nevermore” to your problems in this darkly comedic and refreshing self-help guide.

We Are Not Broken by George M Johnson

George M. Johnson, activist and bestselling author ofAll Boys Aren’t Blue, returns with a striking memoir that celebrates Black boyhood and brotherhood in all its glory.

Perfect Timing by Owen Nicholls 

From the author of Love, Unscripted….They’re perfect for each other. But what happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time—over and over again?

Slonim Woods 9 by Daniel Barban Levin

A stunning firsthand account of the creation of a modern cult under conman Larry Ray and the horrifying costs paid by his young victims: his daughter’s college roommates.

Life Is What You Bake It by Vallery Lomas

The winner of The Great American Baking Show shares her story of personal growth and more than 100 delicious recipes.

Malibu Farm Sunrise to Sunset by Helene Henderson

These 100 recipes will transport you to a breezy beach day, from sunrise breakfasts to celebrating under the stars, from the beloved Malibu Farm restaurant chef and owner.

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

An incandescent memoir from an astonishing new talent, Beautiful Country puts readers in the shoes of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world.

A Play for the End of the World by Jai Chakrabarti

A dazzling debut novel—set in early 1970’s New York and rural India—the story of a turbulent, unlikely romance, a harrowing account of the lasting horrors of the Second World War, and a searing examination of one man’s search for forgiveness and acceptance.

The War for Gloria by Atticus Lish

From the author of the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning debut novel Preparation for the Next Life, a gripping, tender, unforgettable story about fathers and sons, regret and redemption

Matrix by Lauren Groff
Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease.

The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale

In this witty and heartfelt rom-com debut for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Emily Henry, and Tessa Bailey, an Indian American woman signs herself and her boyfriend up for a matchmaking site to prove they’re a perfect match, only to be paired with her ex instead.

Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin

Two best friends say “I do” to living together, for better or worse, in this bold women’s fiction novel from Alexa Martin.

Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

Going toe-to-toe with a brooding Scotsman is rather bold for a respectable suffragist, but when he happens to be one’s unexpected husband, what else is an unwilling bride to do?

SEPTEMBER 14th

Talk to Me by T.C. Boyle

A lively, thought-provoking novel that asks us what it would be like if we could really talk to the animals.

Snowflake by Louise Nealon

A tale of love and family, depression and joy, and coming of age in the twenty-first century.

Mama Bear by Shirley Smith

In this moving memoir, Shirley Smith, wife of NBA Champion and All-Star J. R. Smith, tells the story of giving birth to one of the youngest premature babies to survive—using her experience to heighten awareness of the crisis of Black maternal and infant health and pay tribute to Black women’s resilience.

Arriving Today by Christopher Mims

The Wall Street Journal technology columnist reveals the fascinating story behind the misleadingly simple phrase shoppers take for granted—“Arriving Today”—in this eye-opening investigation into the new rules of online commerce, transportation, and supply chain management.

The Dressmakers of Auschwitz by Lucy Adlington

A powerful chronicle of the women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, stitching beautiful clothes at an extraordinary fashion workshop created within one of the most notorious WWII death camps.

The Actual Star by Monica Byrne

A multigenerational saga spanning two thousand years, from the collapse of the ancient Maya to a far-future utopia on the brink of civil war.

Lemon, Love & Olive Oil by Mina Stone

A collection of 80 new recipes inspired by her traditional Greek heritage and her years cooking for some of New York’s most innovative artists.

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

The national bestselling author of You Had Me at Hola returns with a seductive second-chance romance about a commitment-phobic Latina and her childhood best friend who has finally returned home.

You Got Anything Stronger? by Gabrielle Union

Remember when we hit it off so well that we decided We’re Going to Need More Wine? Well, this time you and I are going to turn to our friend the bartender and ask, You Got Anything Stronger? I promise to continue to make you laugh, but with this round, the stakes get higher as the conversation goes deeper.

Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm by Yu Xiuhua, Translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Starting with the viral poem “Crossing Half of China to Fuck You,” Yu Xiuhua’s raw collection in Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s translation chronicles her life as a disabled, divorced, single mother in rural China.

An Observant Wife by Naomi Ragen

In this rich and compassionate new novel, Naomi Ragen continues the love story between newly observant California-girl Leah and ultra-Orthodox widower Yaakov from An Unorthodox Match.

The Missing Hours by Julia Dahl

A riveting standalone novel from award-winning author Julia Dahl confronts the aftermath of a campus rape and the lengths that some will go to keep the truth hidden

Mordew by Alex Pheby 

The launch of an astonishingly inventive epic fantasy trilogy, already widely acclaimed in the UK.  God is dead, his corpse hidden in the catacombs beneath Mordew.

Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Lily is a beloved television reporter that has an anonymous source who feeds her story tips–but suddenly, the source begins telling Lily inside information about her own life. How does he–or she–know the truth?  Now she’s terrified someone is determined to destroy her world–and with it, everyone and everything she holds dear.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest.

Unbound by Tarana Burke 

From the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the 20th and 21st century, Tarana Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say ‘me too’ and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history.

Mellencamp by Paul Rees

The definitive biography of John Mellencamp, the iconic American rock and roll original, featuring exclusive in-depth interviews and never-before-told details.

The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree by Nice Leng’ete

The story of the human rights activist who changed the minds of her elders, reformed traditions from the inside, and is creating a better future for girls and women throughout Africa.

Assembly by Natasha Brown

A woman confronts the most important question of her life in this blistering, fearless, and unforgettable literary debut.

The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall

Three generations of women strive for real freedom in this startling, provocative novel exploring sexuality, gender, and maternal ambivalence, from the acclaimed author of The Best Kind of People.

Maman by Elisa Marshall, Benjamin Sormonte, Lauren Salkeld

Experience the sophisticated, rustic-chic charm of the celebrated, French-inspired Maman café right from home.

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

Harrow by Joy Williams

In her first novel since The Quick and the Dead (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), the legendary writer takes us into an uncertain landscape after an environmental apocalypse, a world in which only the man-made has value, but some still wish to salvage the authentic.

My Sweet Girl by Amanda Jayatissa 

Paloma thought her perfect life would begin once she was adopted and made it to America, but she’s about to find out that no matter how far you run, your past always catches up to you…

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

SEPTEMBER 21st

Olga by Bernhard Schlink, translated by Charlotte Collins

A sweeping novel of love and passion from author of the international bestseller The Reader about a woman out of step with her time, whose life is witness to some of the most tumultuous events of modern age.

When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash 

The eagerly awaited novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, This Dark Road to Mercy, and The Last Ballad—a tender and haunting story of a father and daughter, crime and forgiveness, race and memory.

The Moon, the Stars, and Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan 

From the wildly popular bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things—an uplifting, slightly magical story about how it’s never too late to find out who you really are.

The Stolen Lady by Laura Morelli

From the acclaimed author of The Night Portrait comes a stunning historical novel about two women, separated by five hundred years, who each hide Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—with unintended consequences.

Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma 

A fresh, smart series featuring besties of Indian descent who find love in the big city. Three best friends. Three loves. Three cultural explosions waiting to happen.

Lean Fall Stand by Jon Mcgregor 

A thrilling and propulsive novel of an Antarctica expedition gone wrong and its far-reaching consequences for the explorers and their families “leaves the reader moved and subtly changed, as if she had become part of the story” (Hilary Mantel).

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

A heartrending new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Overstory.

The Stowaway by James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth

From internationally bestselling authors James Murray and Darren Wearmouth comes a suspenseful masterpiece that leaves a cruise ship stranded at sea with a serial killer hiding aboard.

When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting 

Running the Spark House, a hotel/event space that has been in her family for years, has been Avery Spark’s lifelong dream. After years of working hard and making personal sacrifices, Avery and her two younger sisters have turned the Spark House into the premier destination in Colorado Springs. Avery is living her best life—she works with her sisters and loves every minute of it, she has a great group of friends, and she lives in a fantastic condo with her best friend Declan. She might not have any love in her life, but she’s happy. 

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

A Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in this delightful new queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerulean Sea.

Yellow Rain by Mai Der Vang 

A reinvestigation of chemical biological weapons dropped on the Hmong people in the fallout of the US war in Vietnam.

First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel 

On the verge of realizing her dream of being a doctor, Preeti Patel should be ecstatic. But between the stress of her residency, trying to find a job, and managing her traditional, no-boundaries family, Preeti’s anxiety is through the roof. Relationships and love aren’t even an option. Fortunately, Preeti’s finally found a new place to stay . . . only to discover that her new roommate is her ex.

The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel 

Diamond-sharp and savagely wry, The Body Scout is a timely science fiction thriller debut set in an all-too-possible future, perfect for readers of William Gibson. In the future you can have any body you want—as long as you can afford it.

Sidelined by Kara Bietz 

An emotional YA romance about small town secrets, high school football, and broken hearts.

Maybe We’re Electric by Val Emmich 

From Val Emmich, the bestselling author of Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, comes a deeply affecting story of two teens who find themselves thrown together overnight during a snowstorm and discover a surprising connection—perfect for fans of Nina LaCour, David Arnold, and Robin Benway.

Dog Park by Sofi Oksanen, translated by Owen Frederick Witesman 

A captivating story of intrigue, betrayal, and murder in the global fertility market—from acclaimed writer Sofi Oksanen, “an international publishing sensation frequently likened to Stieg Larsson” (The Guardian).

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki 

A brilliantly inventive novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things.

On Location by Sarah Echavarre Smith 

Nothing like a rocky start between enemy coworkers stuck together on location to prove that love isn’t just a ploy for ratings—it’s a force of nature.

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HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?

Are any of these books on your TBR?  What books would you add to this list?  What books are you looking forward to?

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