24 Books to Pick Up This September
O, The Oprah Magazine |
August 27, 2013
In a bid for the order she craves, Celia' 'has bought a subdivided Brooklyn brownstone and serves as its live-in landlady. Prudent Celia selects unobtrusive tenants, most of whose best years, like hers, seem largely behind them: a retired ferry captain, a single schoolteacher, a humorless activist. But their neatly compartmentalized existence is destabilized when Celia allows the teacher to sublet his flat to an unnervingly beautiful woman with the fraught name of Hope.
Danticat is expert at subtly exploring such themes as the far-reaching consequences of poverty and the powerful bonds between parent and child. On these pages, the human heart is laid open and the secret contents of its chambers revealed in all their beauty and agony.
In the lively pages of Aimee Bender's dazzlingly dreamlike new story collection, The Color Master
, Asian tigers split their skins and are mended by specially trained seamstresses; a woman who is "ugly, by human standards," falls in love with a man-eating giant she meets in a tavern; and random gifts, including cans of lobster bisque, materialize out of thin air, perhaps delivered by ghosts.
What if Anne Frank's sister hadn't perished?
Alien invasions, a farmhouse romance, humanity's last stand—why let younger readers have all the fun? Get lost in Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave
, a gripping adventure whose hero, a girl next door turned survivalist, must search through civilization's rubble for her brother while evading hunters who only look human.
Sometimes you reach the end of a story and go quietly, "Oh." And sometimes you gasp and go, "Holy guacamole!" Not because a building fell down or a character died, but because the unexpected yet completely understandable' 'came to pass—and made you fall off your chair. Again and again this happens in Rebecca Lee's slim, sly, brilliant book Bobcat
These five stories examine the turbulent relationship between humanity and scientific discovery and explore the loss and wonderment that go hand in hand with progress.
While they don't always find what they're looking for, Trueblood's characters are bound by a sense of redemption in the search.
From the author of The Color of Water
comes a gut-wrenching and suspenseful fictional tale inspired by real events—starring a slave boy who, along with the abolitionist John Brown, helps change the course of American history.
After their son dies and his remarried widow absconds with their grandson, an elderly couple set off on an arduous road trip to retrieve him, at any cost.
In this fast-paced thriller, when young women begin turning up dead on a mountainside in northern California, one girl thinks it's a good idea to act as bait to lure the killer. Spoiler alert: It's not.
Like a funnier One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, this story focuses on a therapist and his wild yet well-meaning patients, bumbling through life, trying to make sense of the world and one another.
A biology professor agrees to oversee a student's independent study on intelligent design, and the experience prompts him to reconsider everything he knows about morality, science, and faith.
This autobiographical novel from a fresh new voice in fiction depicts the struggle of a black family trying to survive the crack epidemic in the whitest city in America.
When an ambitious doctor locates a lost tribe on a Micronesian island and identifies the source of its immortality, he is celebrated in the medical community but confronts the dangers of playing God.
In this gritty yet uplifting novel, a pregnant 13-year-old from the tough landscape of Far Rockaway, New York, dreams of being an actress—and is improbably cast in a movie's starring role.
Set in the shadow of the O.K. Corral, this haunting memoir follows a young man grappling with his mother's murder and the legacy of who she was, reconciling it all with the person he is becoming.
From the author of Schindler's List comes an expansive novel about two Australian sisters, both nurses on the front lines during World War I, who come face to face with the best and the worst of humanity.
is the legacy of war—and how long does it last—are the questions behind this brilliant, utterly
gripping novel. Humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington heads to devastated Haiti to
investigate the murder of one Jackie Scott, a photographer who so obsessed him,
that "even in her death he was without a cure for her."
memoirs tell the history of a person. This one—written by the lyrical Lee Sandlin—tells the history of generations of an American family
who lived in the downstate Illinois farmhouse built by his great-great-grandfather.
single mother who fixates on her college-age son's girlfriend; a husband who throws a holiday party and
pretends his wife is at work (rather than admit to her exit from their
marriage); a young woman whom, after a few glasses of wine hits a girl with her
car, then insinuates her role in the death to the grieving family...
In Men We
Reaped, a devastating memoir by the National Book Award-winning
author of Salvage the
Bones, Jesmyn Ward chronicles the lives and deaths of five men
she grew up with in a small town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
thrillers scare you with that impossible-to-believe psycho killer. Others, like
this sleeper hit, The Silent
Wife, frighten you with a cold, credible dose of realism.
Just about everybody in the world knows that
J.K. Rowling, of Harry
Potter fame, is the real identity of Robert Galbraith.