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New Book Releases - September 2013


September is usually one of the biggest months of the year for new book releases. Find out the hottest titles among the many releases with this calendar.

'MaddAddam' by Margaret Atwood - September 3, 2013

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
Knopf Doubleday
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood is the last book in her fantasy dystopian trilogy, which started with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. The story includes engineered part-humans, new religions and cautions about technology. Fans have been eagerly anticipating this conclusion, but if you have not read the previous books, it would be better to start there.

'Someone' by Alice McDermott - September 10, 2013

Someone by Alice McDermott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Someone looks at one woman's life from childhood to old age, working through the middle of the twentieth century in Brooklyn through the well described everyday and the growth of one character over time. It has been seven years since McDermott's last novel, and the literary world is looking to see her weave magic with this one.

'Songs of Willow Frost' by Jamie Ford - September 10, 2013

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Random House
Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a romantic read, but also a book club favorite with some history and deeper themes to discuss. For Songs of Willow Frost, Ford returns to Asian-American historical fiction. In this novel, a twenty-year-old Chinese-American orphan in Seattle sees a movie starring a woman he is convinced is his mother. Together with a friend, they search for the actress, Willow Frost.

'Five Days at Memorial' by Sheri Fink - September 10, 2013

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Five Days at Memorial by Pulitzer prize winner Sheri Fink is a nonfiction book investigating the deaths of several patients at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina. With power and resources failing, hospital staff had to make decisions about who received care first. Later, some were charged with giving death hastening drugs to some patients. After six years of research, Fink's book claims to reveal what really happened. This one has been billed as a gripping narrative, in the vein of Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

'Dissident Gardens' by Jonathan Lethem - September 10, 2013

Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
Knopf Doubleday
Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem moves from the 1930s to present, following a family from Queens with passionate and radical politics. Rose Zimmer is an outspoken communist and force in the neighborhood. Over time, the book follows the evolution of her beliefs and the way the personal lives of the characters are shaped by and shape their politics.

Note: Although these are two very different books, one can't help but notice the similarity of time period and intimacy to Someone, described above. Readers wishing to explore New York's bureaus and history are in for a good month.

'Enon' by Paul Harding - September 10, 2013

Enon by Paul Harding
Random House
Enon is the story of a year in the life of Charlie Crosby, grandson of the protagonist in Harding's acclaimed debut, Tinkers. Enon takes place in the same New England setting as Tinkers, and follows one man as he works through the aftermath of a personal tragedy.

'Help for the Haunted' by John Searles - September 17, 2013

Help for the Haunted by John Searles
In Help for the Haunted, Sylvie Mason's parents go to an abandoned church at night to rescue her runaway older sister, Rose. Sylvie, who is asleep in the car, is awakened by gun shots. Her parents have been murdered. Sylvie is placed in her sister's custody, although she suspects Rose may have been involved in the deaths. Sylvie keeps her suspicions a secret, though Rose does not properly care for her. As the trial of the man accused of the murders approaches, readers learn more about the family through flashbacks.

'The Longest Ride' by Nicholas Sparks - September 17, 2013

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central
Nicholas Sparks fans know what kind of book to expect with his yearly release -- bittersweet romance that will evoke tears at least once. The Longest Ride tells two parallel love stories and has been compared to The Notebook.

'Bleeding Edge' by Thomas Pynchon - September 17, 2013

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Penguin Group
Thomas Pychon gives readers a fast paced novel that takes place in pre-9/11 New York in 2001. The dot-com boom has collapsed, but there are still some people making money in this new Internet world. Maxine is a single mother of two with a fraud investigation business whose life becomes more complicated when she starts investigating a computer security firm. Drug runners, the Russian mob, hackers and a string of other characters fill this novel of a particular moment in a particular place.

'Doctor Sleep' by Stephen King - September 24, 2013

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
What can we even say about the sequel to Stephen King's 1977 classic novel, The Shining? Is it highly anticipated? Yes. Are fans extremely excited? Yes. In Doctor Sleep, King revisits the character of Danny Torrance, who is now a middle aged adult working at a nursing home. He must protect a 12 year old girl he befriends from those who prolong their lives by torturing children of the shining. This should be the biggest book release of the month, if not one of the biggest of the year.

'The Lowland' by Jhumpa Lahiri - September 24, 2013

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Knopf Doubleday
Jhumpa Lahiri's short story collections, including Unaccustomed Earth, have enchanted readers and won her the Pulitzer Prize. Her newest book, The Lowland, is a novel, but continues to explore the experiences of Indian-Americans. The Lowland is a story of two brothers and takes place over time and between the U.S. and India.
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