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16 Best Books To Read in September

  • FICTION

    HARLEM SHUFFLE

    SEPT. 14, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

HARLEM SHUFFLE

by Colson Whitehead

As one of Whitehead’s characters might say of their creator, When you’re hot, you’re hot. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    PALMARES

    SEPT. 14, 2021

FICTION

PALMARES

by Gayl Jones

It is marvelous, in every sense, to have a new Gayl Jones novel to talk about. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU

    SEPT. 7, 2021

FICTION

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU

by Sally Rooney

A novel of capacious intelligence and plenty of page-turning emotional drama. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

    SEPT. 28, 2021

FICTION

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

by Anthony Doerr

As the pieces of this magical literary puzzle snap together, a flicker of hope is sparked for our benighted world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WILDLAND

    SEPT. 14, 2021

HISTORY

WILDLAND

by Evan Osnos

An elegant survey of the causes and effects of polarization in America. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE AMUR RIVER

    SEPT. 21, 2021

HISTORY

THE AMUR RIVER

by Colin Thubron

A captivating portrait of a remote region of the world that many readers may know nothing about. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    UNBOUND

    SEPT. 14, 2021

NONFICTION

UNBOUND

by Tarana Burke

An unforgettable page-turner of a life story rendered with endless grace and grit. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

    SEPT. 7, 2021

NONFICTION

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

by Qian Julie Wang

A potent testament to the love, curiosity, grit, and hope of a courageous and resourceful immigrant child. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WHITE SMOKE

    SEPT. 14, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WHITE SMOKE

by Tiffany D. Jackson

Begs to be finished in one sitting, though maybe with the lights kept on. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    INTO THE DYING LIGHT

    SEPT. 21, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

INTO THE DYING LIGHT

by Katy Rose Pool

A successful ending to a brilliant trilogy about human hope and connection. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CUBA IN MY POCKET

    SEPT. 21, 2021

CHILDREN'S

CUBA IN MY POCKET

by Adrianna Cuevas

A compassionate, emotionally astute portrait of a young Cuban in exile. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    KALEIDOSCOPE

    SEPT. 21, 2021

CHILDREN'S

KALEIDOSCOPE

by Brian Selznick ; illustrated by Brian Selznick

While Selznick trusts readers to draw their own conclusions about what is true, he offers rich companionship on the voyage. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ONE MILLION INSECTS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

  • CHILDREN'S

    BORN BEHIND BARS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

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