In part two of our coverage of the Best Books of September, we feature a funny book about mental illness (seriously), a Man Booker Prize nominee, and a YA novel so highly anticipated that Senior Editor Seira Wilson’s tongue must be temporarily tied until its release date!…for the most part. Here are picks 6-10 and our Debut Spotlight.
Furiously Happy. Senior Editor Adrian Lang says: “Whether or not you too suffer from depression, you’ll turn the last page fired up by Lawson’s conviction that you can be furiously happy no matter what life hurls at you.”
Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling: Reviewer Deborah Bass promises that these essays by the creator and star of
The Mindy Project “are exuberantly funny, deeply introspective and refreshingly thoughtful.”
Did You Ever Have a Family: Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, Senior Editor Chris Schluep says that “Bill Clegg’s fiction debut looks at the aftereffects of a tragedy, skillfully employing alternating chapters told by a handful of characters.”
Library of Souls: This is the latest installment in Ransom Riggs’s uber popular Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. In it, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom set about rescuing Miss Peregrine from the clutches of a dangerous madman! Senior Editor Seira Wilson was one of a handful of people allowed an early peek at ‘Souls’ and was sworn to secrecy about its contents until September 22nd. However, she can tell you that she “found the whole thing, from beginning to end, to be every bit as mysterious, surprising, and gratifying as I’d hoped it would be.”
The Pentagon’s Brain by Annie Jacobson: This is the definitive history of the Defense Department’s most secret, powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. According to Senior Editor Adrian Liang, this nuanced account “strikes a balance between lauding the technology leaps driven by DARPA and pointing out that the ultimate goal is to create wartime tools to guarantee U.S. dominance.”
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine. No, it doesn’t describe the latest diet craze, and the fact that it has been compared to works by lauded Postmodern authors like Thomas Pynchon (
The Crying of Lot 49) and Don DeLillo (
White Noise) places Kleeman in impressive company. Reviewer Al Woodworth explains that “the co-opting of identity is at stake in this trippy, incredibly smart novel, yet never has the human body been explained with such intensity, acuity and revelation.”
See part one of the Best Books of September, or browse the full list.