September Book Recommendations

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As we welcome the fall weather, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book in the company of a refreshing breeze. Whether you are still at your summer home or back to the everyday commitments of the city, here are some recommendations to keep you occupied and entertained.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

A hundred years into the future, New York City is full of innovation and dreams where everyone wants something, but also has something to lose.

Living amidst luxury and technological advancement, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. However, they are not aware that when you are this high up, there is nowhere to go but down.

Not only is the cover enticing and reflective of the novel, but McGee also manages to portray every character’s point of view all the while painting a picture of what Manhattan would look like in 2118.

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

 Based on horror and science fiction classics, Goss tells the story of a group of women who unite to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders as well as finding out where they come from.

When their investigations lead to them discovering a secret society of immoral scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

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Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter

A father searches for his addict son while grappling with his own choices as a parent, and as a user of sorts.

In this humorous yet honest novel, we meet Greg—an overweight fifty-eight-year-old and the father of an addict son gone missing. For some reason, this absence feels different, and Greg believes that he is the only one who can find him.

Travelling around Florida, the urgency to find him slowly recedes into the background and the truths about Greg’s mistakes—as a father, a husband and a man—are uncovered.

Hunter elicits complex sympathy for her characters, asking the reader to take a closer look at the way we think about addiction and the fallout of failing ourselves.

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The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray

After growing up on a farm in America in the 1820s, upper class England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph, whose new life is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and move on, but she can’t accept that her brother’s death was an accident.

Strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house, and a rumor arises that a wild animal stalks the surrounding woods. Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother’s killer claim her life, too?

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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

A tale of how community can heal the brokenness in all of us.

Markie, a forty-year-old who has suffered from a humiliating and very public divorce, moves to a new town with her teenage son, hoping to recover in private. However, the family is unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly woman who takes it upon herself to identify and fix the flaws in those around her.

Soon, the quirky yet endearing woman recruits Markie to join her community, a world where both hidden truths and hope unite them. However, when Mrs. Saint’s own secrets threaten to unravel their web of healing, it is up to Markie to mend these wounds for a life full of second chances and happiness.

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

When Dee Moreno makes a deal to exchange her heart for an escape from a disastrous home, she finds that becoming “heartless” is only the beginning of the consequences.

Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer, who, as something grows between them, makes her wonder: can she give someone her heart when it is no longer hers to give?

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Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

Following the lives of immigrants in the nineties who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of poverty life in New York City, Zhang’s collection portrays the ways that history can push us forward or backward.

From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother’s role in the Cultural Revolution to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these seven stories illuminate the complex lives of girls struggling to define themselves.

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The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

Bernice Aurora Wescott does not want anyone to know her name, until she meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name, and his persistence is one of the many reasons why she falls for him.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family ruins her summer, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, and cancer patients—is no longer enough, and she must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi.

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