As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the time the book comes out, I’ve most likely already read, and therefore forgotten, about it. My hope here is to a, share some exciting new titles with you, lovely book lovers and b, remind myself of all the books that will be arriving in the store this month! While the release dates are for US editions, most will be available internationally around the same time or shortly thereafter. In the USA, I recommend purchasing through IndieBound, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers!
I’ve chosen a collection of books in a variety of genres because I have a myriad of tastes and interests, hopefully one, or a few, will appeal to you! Reviews will be posted for some of the titles as they are released!
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
- The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh by Spriya Kelkar & illustrated by Alea Marley is a beautiful picture book about being yourself and standing out. Friendship and cultural awareness play a big part in the story and is a great exploration of feelings and our innate desire to want to fit in in new and unfamiliar situations and circumstances.
- The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott is a beautifully written work of historical fiction that also happens to be Reese Witherspoon’s September Book Club pick! I was lucky enough to meet the author at Book Expo and I’m so excited to share this book with readers throughout the fall and holiday season. It’s set in the Cold War and involves some wonderfully spunky women!
- How To by Randall Munroe is a follow up to What If? and continues Randall’s xkcd line drawing style. It’s a great book for any and all curious minds.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
- Yale Needs Women by Anne Gardiner Perkins is an account of Yale University’s first class of female undergrads, written by a Yale grad who followed just a few years behind the pioneering women who insisted the hallowed halls be open to them as well.
- Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty is the next book by mortician “Aunt Caitlin” and is written in a Q&A style based on questions kids have asked her about death – it’s both informative and laugh-out-loud funny, and only slightly morbid at times.
- The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White is new in paperback and a book I’m currently reading and really enjoying. Dual timeline present day and early 20th century, it concerns one of my favorite ships, Lusitania, and has an author named Sarah as a central figure.
- The End of Something Wonderful by Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic & illustrated by George Ermos continues this week’s apparent death & dying theme. A well-written picture book to help children understand what happens, as well as their feelings of grief, when a pet dies. It approaches the subject with humorous reverence and doesn’t feature larger pets, like cats and dogs, but the material is applicable to all pet deaths.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
- Atlas of Vanishing Places by Travis Elborough is a neat atlas and cartographical gem that features numerous places in the world that have changed, are shrinking, or have vanished entirely. Part history, part geography, part travel book, it’s a neat coffee table book.
- Franklin and Luna and the Book of Fairy Tales by Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett is the latest in a picture book series that I absolutely adore – Franklin is a book loving dragon (a bookwyrm, if you will), and Luna is his fearless companion. Each book sees the duo take on a different topic or location (they even went to space) and focuses on friendship and acceptance.
- Ninja Boy’s Secret by Tina Schneider is a super cute picture book about a ninja boy who wants to play the violin. As a fellow string lover (and ninja picture book enthusiast), I got very excited about this one and already have a copy to be set aside for myself to mail to my almost two-year-old nephew.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
- Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel is the diary of a young woman who died during the Holocaust and is similar in style and tone to Anne Frank’s diary. It’s a powerful and poignant work, a new narrative from one of the darkest periods of world history and a timely reminder of what happens when widespread hate of a group of people goes unchecked.
- Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison is a powerful essay collection that covers a breadth of topics and while I am an essay collection enthusiast, I know not everyone is. This is a good introduction to the form and while most of the essays have been published in other publications, it is a strong collection, worth adding to any essay and nonfiction lover’s shelf.