The Best Reads of September, According to Amazon Book Editors

Updated 05/06/19
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Fall is full of reasons to curl up with a good book. With cooler weather, cozy home décor, and weekends no longer spent out of town on summer getaways, it's time to revisit your reading list.

If you're looking for new releases, take note of the best books of September, according to Amazon Book editors. They've rounded up 10 of the hottest novels, memoirs, and non-fiction stories coming out this September, and you'll want to read every single one of them. Their picks include touching memoirs that delve deep into family issues and the experience of growing up, historical non-fiction reads that will leave you wanting more, and novels fit for enjoying on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea and a cozy blanket.

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Sarah Smarsh Heartland $17

A personal history of class, family, and community, Heartland is a memoir written by Sarah Smarsh, a fifth-generation Kansas wheat farmer. Her moving story explores the cycle of poverty in America through her experiences in Kansas during her childhood in the 1980s and 1990s, challenging readers to understand the lives of the poor and working class.

Release Date: September 18

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Lisa Brennan-Jobs Small Fry $17

At its simplest, Lisa Brennan-Job's memoir is a story about growing up. A closer look reveals it's also a nostalgic portrayal of California in the '70s and '80s and a deep dive into the complexities of family relationships. The daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs, Brennan-Job's story offers another layer to her father's legacy.

Release Date: September 4

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan Washington Black $18

“At the core of this novel, with its searing, supple prose and superb characters, is a visceral depiction of the abomination of slavery," writes Elizabeth Buchan in The Daily Mail. It's also a story of friendship, adventure, and betrayal sure to be one of the most talked about novels of the year.

Release Date: September 18

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Imogen Hermes Gowar The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock $19

If you're a fan of historical fiction, this novel belongs on your fall reading list. British author Imogen Hermes Gowar strings together the story of an ordinary merchant whose life changes when he comes into the possession of a mermaid. "Wonderful … completely transporting," writes Madeline Miller of The New York Times.

Release Date: September 11

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari 21 Lessons for the 21st Century $17

A book for anyone who's ever felt frustrated with the many issues facing society today, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century breaks down political, technological, social, and existential problems and offers advice for how to cope and understand each one. Pick this read if you're looking for meaning and an opportunity to challenge your beliefs.

Release Date: September 4

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Heather Morris The Tattooist of Auschwitz $12

Already an international best seller, this book tells the true story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew forced to tattoo his fellow prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. “The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love," according to author Graeme Simsion.

Release Date: September 4

The French Exit by Patrick deWitt

Patrick deWitt French Exit $17

A dark comedy, this novel portrays a wealthy widow and her adult son as they flee Paris for New York in an attempt to escape scandal and lose their fortune (hence the clever title: French Exit). "Patrick deWitt has written the most wickedly funny novel of 2018," writes Sarah Harrison Smith of Amazon.

Release Date: August 28

These Truths by Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore These Truths

Presenting a unique history of the United States, Jill Lepore ambitiously unveils the stories of both widely known and less notable Americans. "A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history," she writes.

Release Date: September 18

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart Lak Success $18

Best-selling author Gary Shteyngart presents the story of a stressed out hedge-fund manager who leaves his wife and autistic son behind in search of a simpler life with his college sweetheart. It's a story of the elusive American dream and realities of achieving it.

Release Date: September 4

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin Leadership in Turbulent Times $19

A study of four presidencies and how they acted as leaders and recognized leadership in others, Doris Kearn's Goodwin's Leadership in Turbulent Times is an inspirational read. If you're striving to be a leader in your chosen field, consider this required reading.

Release Date: September 18

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