September Recommendations

All the books listed here are available at the library. Stop in, give us a call, or use the online catalog to place a hold and check one out. 

September 15-October 15 is recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month. Recognize and celebrate the culture and accomplishments by reading from these authors. 

The Wing Knows My Name by Isabel Allende
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Solito by Javier Zamora

The Wind Knows My Name by Isabel Allende: The newest novel from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende follows the ripple effects of war and immigration on a child in Europe in 1938 and another in the US in 2019. A testament to sacrifices parents make so their children can continue dreaming.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris: If you’re a fan of horror movies this is a must read graphic novel for you. Set in Chicago in the late 1960s, this fictional diary of 10 year old Karen Reyes connects the lives of those around her and unfolds some unexpected turns.

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado: This unique memoir tackles a dark and difficult subject with candid storytelling full of wit and inventiveness. Carmen Maria Machado tells her experience in an abusive same sex relationship with a series of narrative tropes, including classic horror themes.

Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Carlota Moreau is the daughter of whom some consider a genius and others a madman. Her world is interrupted by the arrival of a newcomer looking to change things. A chain of events is set in motion that uncovers secrets, questions, and passions. The true monsters might not be who you think.

Solito by Javier Zamora: Javier tells the harrowing story of his migration from El Salvador to the United States at just nine years old. What was supposed to be a two week “trip” to reunite with his mother ends up expanding into two months of boat trips, desert treks, arrests, and deceptions.

Celebrate the long Labor Day weekend by reading a long book. These recommendations are all over 500 pages!

Never by Ken Follett
Ordinary Monsters by JM Miro
Night. Sleep. Death. the Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates
Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

Never by Ken Follett, 816 pages: This political thriller, full of heroes and villains, spans the globe with a complex plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Three different scenarios come together to create an alarming conclusion that might hit a little close to home.

Ordinary Monsters by JM Miro, 672 pages: In Victorian London, two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness. Their journey to safety leads them to a group of other children with gifts, the Talents, who soon start to discover the truth about their abilities.

Night. Sleep. Death. the Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates, 800 pages: After a profound family tragedy, family bonds are tested. Race, trauma, class warfare, grief, and healing are all explored in this vivid contemporary fiction novel.

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, 848 pages: Queen Sabran the Ninth must be wed in order to take the throne. With assassins getting closer to her door, and an ancient enemy awakening, this is becoming more and more important. This epic fantasy has a large cast of characters, dragons, and a battle for good and evil.

The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk, 965 pages: This ambitious novel follows the rise and fall of a mysterious religious leader in 18th century Europe. When the world is on the cusp of change and searching for certainty, Jacob Frank attracts an increasingly fervent following. 

September 23 is the first day of fall. Celebrate the change in season with some books that give off a “fall” feeling. 

Weyward by Emilia Hart
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
The Only One Left by Riley Sager

Weyward by Emilia Hart: Three interwoven stories of female resistance and the power of the natural world. With touches of magical realism, this historical novel follows three stories from 1619, 1942, and 2019.

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix: After finding out her parents died, Louise dreads going home. She not only has to deal with life without her parents, but also with a house that may or may not have plans of its own.

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson: This young adult mystery starts off the Truly Devious series that follows true crime aficionado Stevie as she begins her first year at Ellingham Academy. She has her sights set on solving a cold case that took place there, but there might be something new for her to solve instead.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty: What would you do if your mother was missing and you suspected your father? This is what the Delaney siblings need to figure out. A dive into familial relationships and insight into how the people you love most can hurt you the deepest.

The Only One Left by Riley Sager: The Hope family murders shocked the Maine coast in 1929, with most people believing Lenora Hope was responsible. Years later, after her caregiver quits unexpectedly in the middle of the night, Lenora decides to tell her story. Her new health-aide Kit will have to figure out if she’s telling the truth or not.