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10 September must-reads: Nicholas Sparks, Sue Grafton & more

September is the month for some of the biggest new releases in publishing. To help you navigate the tidal wave of new books, we have a quick roundup of 10 books you absolutely must read this month, including one book from earlier this year that everyone is now talking about. If you want to know more about any of these books, don’t worry, we’ll be covering each of them in more depth throughout the month.




Tracey Garvis Graves

Sept. 17, 2013

Claire’s marriage is on the rocks after her husband loses his job and finds a new one that keeps him away from home. When she keeps being thrown together with the handsome cop who pulled her over, it suddenly seems as if her marriage may be in even more trouble than she first thought.

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W is for Wasted

W is for wasted

Sue Grafton

Sept. 10, 2013

In this, the 23rd entry in Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Mysteries series, a dead man is found with nothing on him except Kinsey’s name and phone number, dragging her into a Pandora’s Box of betrayals and misunderstandings.


Who Asked You?

Who asked you

Terry McMillan

Sept. 17, 2013

From the author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Who Asked You? focuses on a family in a diverse Los Angeles neighborhood. Life doesn’t look like BJ imagined it would, but family brings unlooked for blessings, right alongside the burdens.


Burial Rites

Burial rites

Hannah Kent

Sept. 10, 2013

In Iceland in 1829, a young woman named Agnes is accused of murdering her former master and is sent to an isolated farm to await her execution. Although the family initially avoids Agnes, eventually they come to realize there is more to her story than they realized.


The Longest Ride

The longest ride

Nicholas Sparks

Sept. 17, 2013

The Longest Ride is a novel written in true Nicholas Sparks fashion, following the parallel lives of two couples whose lives will intertwine in unlikely ways.


The Lowland

The lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri

Sept. 24, 2013

Jhumpa Lahiri’s long-awaited second novel follows the lives of two inseparable brothers who are growing up in Calcutta. As adults, their lives go in two different directions, with one brother staying in India and the other moving to the U.S. But when the worst happens, it is the bonds of family that are strongest.

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Mastering the Art of French Eating

Mastering the art of french eating

Ann Mah

Sept. 26, 2013

In the tradition of Julia Child, diplomatic wife Ann Mah approaches her time in Paris as a possibility for a gastronomical adventure. Mastering the Art of French Eating is a lovely record of the people and food Mah encounter on her journey.




Margaret Atwood

Sept. 3, 2013

MaddAddam is the final book in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, a speculative fiction series that focuses on how humanity endures, specifically the importance of love and community.


The Cuckoo’s Calling

The cuckoo's calling

Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

April 30, 2013

Former soldier Cormoran Strike is barely making it as a private investigator until a new client comes in claiming that his supermodel sister was murdered; the police ruled her death a suicide, but John Bristow doesn’t believe it and wants Strike to find out what really happened to her. Cuckoo’s Calling debuted to positive reviews but low sales until U.K. paper the Telegraph broke the news on July 13, 2013, that Robert Galbraith was actually a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved Harry Potter series.


United We Spy

United we spy

Ally Carter

Sept. 17, 2013

In this thrilling conclusion to the Gallagher Girls series, Cammie Morgan and her friends must track down the members of the Circle of Cavan, a terrorist organization, to find out why they have been targeting Cammie and stop them — whatever it takes.

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