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Hello, fall! Okay, the first official day of fall isn’t until September 22nd. But we’re looking forward to the change of season and all that comes with it: crisp autumn afternoons, cozy knit sweaters, and all the pumpkin spice lattes you can drink. In between trips to the apple orchard and the pumpkin patch, make time to curl up with a great book. Enjoy the start of fall with September’s best new books.

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1 ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ by Yaa Gyasi, out September 1st

Both Yaa Gyasi and her protagonist were born in Ghana and raised in Alabama. This intimate novel about grief and suffering follows Gifty, a young woman questioning everything after her brother dies of a heroin overdose.

Shop it! $17.32,

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2 ‘A Girl is a Body of Water’ by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, out September 1st

When Kirabo, a young Ugandan girl, turns 12, she begins searching for the one thing her childhood has been missing: her mother. She secretly consults with Nsuuta, a local village witch, and starts questioning her role as a girl in a world set on silencing women. Makumbi’s rich language and detailed descriptions make this a must-read.

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3 'When No One Is Watching’ by Alyssa Cole, out September 1st

The scary thing about this book is that you can actually see it happening IRL. Alyssa Cole’s latest is about Sydney, a Brooklyn native who sees the rate of gentrification rapidly accelerate in her borough and feels like something is off. The novel couldn’t be timelier, and it’s been praised as “‘Rear Window’ meets ‘Get Out.’” So yeah, you’re going to want to read it ASAP. No spoilers, but: holy plot twist.

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4 ‘His Only Wife’ by Peace Adzo Medie, out September 1st

Afi’s marriage to Elikem is not what she thought it would be: He’s in love with someone else, and he didn’t even attend their wedding. Rather than feel used, she turns the marriage into an opportunity to build the life she always wanted. You’ll love this engaging, empowering domestic drama about finding your way, finding your voice, and finding your value.

Shop it! $18.19,

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5 ‘What Are You Going Through’ by Sigrid Nunez, out September 8th

Human connection is more important than ever, and ‘What Are You Going Through’ is a novel fit for the times. It’s told through a series of encounters a woman has with people she knows from the course of her everyday life. Sigrid Nunez has done it again with a complex story that meditates on the complexity of humanity.

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6 ‘Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land’ by Toni Jensen, out September 8th

Guns have always been part of Toni Jensen’s life. As a girl, she learned to shoot birds with her father; as an adult, she’s worried about guns on the college campus where she teaches and had them waved at her near Standing Rock. In her powerful memoir, she explores violence, life as an Indigenous woman in the U.S., and how entire nations of people have been forgotten.

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7 ‘More Than a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran, out September 15th

Nearly a decade ago, Caitlin Moran taught us ‘How to Be a Woman.’ Now, ‘More Than a Woman’ proves we still have so much to learn from her. From Botox to camel toe stories, this hysterical memoir muses on marriage, middle age, and the existence of ‘mum bod.’ She’s as irreverent as ever.

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8 ‘Solutions and Other Problems’ by Allie Brosh, out September 22nd

Allie Brosh just gets us. Her illustrated essays helped us make sense of mental health struggles and put to words what it’s like to have a sneaky hate spiral. Which is why we’re over the moon that she has a new book, including stories about her childhood, some very bad dogs, and the awkward kid who lives next door. You’ll laugh out loud the whole way through and want to share every single page with the group text. We’re so glad you’re back, Allie.

Shop it! $21.00,

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9 ‘Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation’ by Anne Helen Petersen, out September 22nd

In 2019, Anne Helen Petersen broke the internet when she dubbed millennials “the burnout generation” in a BuzzFeed story. Here, she presents a deep dive into how that label came to be. If you feel like you’re never doing enough and don’t have enough time, here’s why—and what to do about it.

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10 ‘Dear Justyce’ by Nic Stone, out September 29th

In ‘Dear Martin,’ Justyce wrote letters to Martin Luther King to help make sense of the world. And in ‘Dear Justyce,’ Quan writes letters to Justyce to the same end. Nic Stone’s layered, painfully timely sequel about racism, police brutality, and incarceration will hit you hard.

Shop it! $15.19,

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11 ‘Swimming Lessons: Poems’ by Lili Reinhart, out September 29th

Lili Reinhart’s Tumblr followers already know she’s quite the poet. Now, you can hold her beautiful words in your hands. In her debut collection, Reinhart writes about topics like young love, crushing heartbreak, and mental health struggles in the spotlight.

Shop it! $16.19,