Cancel Your Plans This Month and Read These 12 New September Books

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Seriously, so many good new books.

There Are So Many New Books This Month I Don't Know What to Do With Myself

Poof, September is here.

Not sure how that happened but here we are. The first few days of the month are not my favorite. Rent is due, leaving a gaping hole in my bank account followed by a car payment, Venmo'd utilities, and other "adult" things I resent paying. One of the only joys I get during this time is realizing I have a month of good books ahead of me. I get to crack open a new book and ignore the noise happening around me. This month, I almost felt overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new books. Almost.

What a month to read! The weather is still warm outside meaning I get sand in my new books, forget that I brought said book to the beach only to open it in bed, where the sand will now fall out onto my sheets and stay with me for what seems like the rest of eternity. I was lucky enough to read and review so many great books this month and I can't wait to share with you some of the amazing new books September has to offer. You'll meet some exciting thrillers, some beautifully written memoirs, and laugh-out-loud stories on the craziness of our culture. What more could you want?


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1. Toxic Femininity in the Workplace

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Buy from Amazon on September 10th.

Ginny Hogan's Toxic Femininity in the Workplace made me laugh and laugh and laugh. It made me turn to the person I was next to and say, "Wait, wait, read this one too". But of course it was funny because it was true. So, true. Disturbingly true. But still funny nonetheless. And because it exists I now know I'm not going crazy! In fact, I share a lot of similarities with women in the workforce and this book makes that even more apparent. It's a weird sisterhood, but a sisterhood nonetheless.

2. Two Peas & Their Pod

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Buy from Amazon on September 3rd.

I love a new cookbook. More importantly, I love one that simply by flipping through the pages, I see something I like and can't wait to make. In Two Peas & Their Pod you will find everything you ned from quick and easy lunch recipes to show-stopping dinner party meals. You might contemplate sharing this new September release with friends so go ahead and buy two copies.

3. What Rose Forgot

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Buy from Amazon on September 17th.

Thanks to What Rose Forgot I now have a new fear of nursing homes. When Rose Dennis finds herself committed to a nursing home under the guise that she has Alzheimer's, she doesn't trust anyone around her. And when she overhears a nurse claim that Rose won't last till the end of the week, she knows she must escape. I bit my nails the entire time I read Nevada Barr's engrossing thriller.

4. After the Flood

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Buy from Amazon on September 3rd.

I have a sneaking suspicion we will be hearing a lot of praise surrounding Kassandra Montag's After the Flood. After all, Margot Robbie has been attached to produce the film adaptation. Rising floodwaters have changed the way civilization lives and Myra has adapted to her life surrounded by water. She's fiercely protective of her seven-year-old daughter, Pearl and deeply troubled by the distance between her and her eldest daughter, Row. When Myra catches wind of her daughters whereabouts, she embarks on a mission to reunite her family in a conflicted new world.

5. The Nanny

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Buy from Amazon on September 10th.

Try to get one last beach weekend in this month because you'll be burnt to a crisp sitting under the hot sun reading The Nanny. In the summer of 1987 Jo's beloved nanny, Hannah leaves without a trace and Jo grapples with the abandonment her entire life, so much so she leaves her parents and their estate behind. But of course, she must return thirty years later, daughter in tow, to help her ailing mother. That's when things get really interesting; dead bodies, a town full of secrets, and a mysterious visitor claiming to be Hannah. Get ready for an addictive story.

6. The Education of an Idealist

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Buy from Amazon on September 10th.

The Education of an Idealist makes me feel smart and powerful. Samantha Power's memoir is fascinating and inspiring, it might make you aspire to something much greater. I'm honestly not smart enough to read such a work of art but here we are. Power's resume speaks for itself; she served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Oh, and then she worked on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. She's a professor, mother, wife, friend, and writer who's life is captivating and jaw dropping all wrapped up in a genius little bow.

7. The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer and Care

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Buy from Amazon on September 17th.

Anne Boyer's memoir is fascinating and yet so frustrating. In it she details her cancer diagnosis and everything that comes with it, simply put, the headache that is our health care system. The injustice, the unfairness, the cruelty is all there all while Boyer is you know, fighting for her life. She's speaking from experience and highlighting disadvantaged patients and the quality of care they receive. As a single mom, Boyer had to work while undergoing cancer treatment which is cruel and unusual punishment for a sick person to go through. You will be outraged but then again, that's the point.

8. The Nobodies

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Buy from Amazon on September 10th.

Oh, how I loved The Nobodies. I was introduced to Liza Palmer's writing not too long ago and it really has been the gift that keeps on giving. And this September release was no exception. Joan Didion is having a hard time. Recently laid off from another newspaper, Joan must reinvent herself to keep up with her industry. So, she accepts a job at Bloom, a young Los Angeles startup that has all the bells and whistles of a millennial office. But she starts to like it as she has found a good set of friends and a real adult relationship. But before Joan can get comfortable she uncovers some serious dirt on the startup, dirt that might be the biggest story of her life.

9. A Fist or a Heart

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Buy from Amazon on September 23rd.

While this might be the most unique story on our September round-up, it is very much worthy of your attention. Originally published in Iceland, novelist Kristín Eiríksdóttir compacts undisclosed trauma and deep seeded secrets into two characters who are different and yet, very much the same. Creating prosthetics for local theater productions, Elín Jónsdóttir lives in isolation. That is, until she meets Ellen Álfsdóttir, a young playwright who finds herself alone more often than not. Ellen's youth strikes a chord in Elín and her maternal instincts begin to take hold of their relationship, a relationship that might not be as new as either think it to be. Honestly, pick up a copy of A Fist or a Heart, you won't be disappointed.

10. Every Other Weekend

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Buy from Amazon on September 3rd.

Precocious Nelly is adjusting to her parents divorce. The eight-year-old's anxiety is increased when she has to move in with her mother, two brothers, step-father, and his two children. With her anxiety comes fear; fear of earthquakes, Russians, and ghosts. But her fears are justified as tragedy isn't far from home in Zulema Renee Summerfield's stunning debut novel.

11. Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free

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Buy from Amazon on September 17th.

Leave it to Wednesday Martin to teach me everything I need to know about the science behind fidelity and relationships. A fresh new take on what it means to cheat and why women are often times the punching bag when it comes to infidelity while men are considered "playboys". I certainly rolled my eyes one too many times when confronted with the double standard but I felt taken care of in the hands of Martin. You will too.

12. Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep

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Buy from Amazon on September 24th.

What is there to say? If you love Meryl Streep you absolutely must read about her legendary life. By the author who brought us I'll Have What She's Having a book about Nora Ephron's iconic romantic comedies, comes another homage to another female force to be reckoned with.

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