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The Best New Books Hitting Shelves in September

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September is a very exciting month for readers! Prepare to expand your TBR list with new releases from major bestselling authors like Colson Whitehead, Liane Moriarty, Sally Rooney and more.

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Beautiful World, Where Are You

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AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBeautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.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.Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

Beautiful Country

Beautiful Country

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR - A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world--an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent - A TODAY SHOW #READWITHJENNA BOOK CLUB PICK "Heartrending, unvarnished, and powerfully courageous, this account of growing up undocumented in America will never leave you. --Gish Jen, author of The ResistersIn Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to "beautiful country." Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian's parents were professors; in America, her family is "illegal" and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive. In Chinatown, Qian's parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly, taking out the stress of their new life on one another. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English, Qian takes refuge in the library and masters the language through books, coming to think of The Berenstain Bears as her first American friends. And where there is delight to be found, Qian relishes it: her first bite of gloriously greasy pizza, weekly "shopping days," when Qian finds small treasures in the trash lining Brooklyn's streets, and a magical Christmas visit to Rockefeller Center--confirmation that the New York City she saw in movies does exist after all. But then Qian's headstrong Ma Ma collapses, revealing an illness that she has kept secret for months for fear of the cost and scrutiny of a doctor's visit. As Ba Ba retreats further inward, Qian has little to hold onto beyond his constant refrain: Whatever happens, say that you were born here, that you've always lived here. Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light.

Apples Never Fall

Apples Never Fall

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The Sunday Times bestseller from the worldwide bestselling author of Amazon Prime's NINE PERFECT STRANGERS and the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series BIG LITTLE LIES'A tour-de-force of a novel; brilliantly plotted and superbly written . . . The tension builds to a conclusion alive with ingenious twists. Smart, sharp and utterly riveting' DAILY MAIL'Utterly and completely wonderful. I've loved all of Liane's books but Apples Never Fall is next-level writing: an intelligent, forensic portrait of a family' MARIAN KEYES'A fantastic storyteller. Apples Never Fall is gripping, getting to the dark underbelly of a seemingly perfect family. A cracking read' ITV's LORRAINE KELLY'HER BEST YET' MAIL ON SUNDAY_______The Delaney family love one another dearly - it's just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . .Joy Delaney and husband Stan have done well. Four wonderful grown-up children. A family business to envy. The golden years of retirement ahead of them.So when Joy Delaney vanishes - no note, no calls, her bike missing - it's natural that tongues will wag.How did Stan scratch his face? And who was the stranger who entered and suddenly left their lives? What are they all hiding?But for the Delaney children there is a much more terrifying question: did they ever know their parents at all?_______'Magnificent, pyrotechnic, deliciously theatrical' GUARDIAN'The perfect mix of edge-of-your-seat plotting, well-crafted characters and a satisfying ending' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING**Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards**Praise for Liane Moriarty:'One of the few writers I'll drop anything for' JOJO MOYES'Staggeringly brilliant' SOPHIE HANNAH'Keeps you guessing until the very end' REESE WITHERSPOON**Apples Never Fall has been optioned for TV by Heyday Television**

Misfits

Misfits

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From the brilliant mind of Michaela Coel, creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum, comes a passionate and inspired declaration against fitting in.When invited to deliver the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Michaela Coel touched a lot of people with her striking revelations about race, class and gender, but the person most significantly impacted was Coel herself. Building on her celebrated speech, Misfits immerses readers in her vision through powerful allegory and deeply personal anecdotes—from her coming of age in London public housing to her discovery of theater and her love for storytelling. And she tells of her reckoning with trauma and metamorphosis into a champion for herself, inclusivity, and radical honesty.With inspiring insight and wit, Coel lays bare her journey so far and invites us to reflect on our own. By embracing our differences, she says, we can transform our lives. An artist to her core, Coel holds up the path of the creative as an emblem of our need to regard one another with care and respect—and transparency.Misfits is a triumphant call for honesty, empathy and inclusion. Championing “misfits” everywhere, this timely, necessary book is a rousing coming-to-power manifesto dedicated to anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

Matrix

Matrix

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERSHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2021'Lush, gripping and ferocious, MATRIX is animated with sensual detail on every page' MADELINE MILLER'An audacious piece of storytelling, full of passion, wisdom and magic' SARAH WATERS'MATRIX is a gorgeous, sensual, addictive read' SARA COLLINS__________________________________Seventeen-year-old Marie, too wild for courtly life, is thrown to the dogs one winter morning, expelled from the royal court to become the prioress of an abbey. Marie is strange - tall, a giantess, her elbows and knees stick out, ungainly.At first taken aback by life at the abbey, Marie finds purpose and passion among her mercurial sisters. Yet she deeply misses her secret lover Cecily and queen Eleanor.Born last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, women who flew across the countryside with their sword fighting and dagger work, Marie decides to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. She will bring herself, and her sisters, out of the darkness, into riches and power.MATRIX is a bold vision of female love, devotion and desire from one of the most adventurous writers at work today.__________________________________'A thrillingly vivid, adventurous story about women and power that will blow readers' minds. Left me gasping.' EMMA DONOGHUE'Both epic and intimate, this sweeping novel explores questions of female ambition, creativity and passion with electrifying prose and sparkling wit. A propulsive, captivating read' BRIT BENNETT'Visionary leader, queer lover, 12th-century writer ... the life of Marie de France is triumphantly reimagined in an assertively modern novel about female ambition and creativity... a highly distinctive novel of great vigour and boldness. From mystical visions that may or may not be divine, to the earthy business of abbey pigs, diseases and account books, Groff does it all with purpose and panache' Guardian'Groff's writing is muscular and precise, her themes wildly resonant' Sunday Times'A remarkable novel: unusual, profound, transcendental' Evening Standard

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