My favorite books of September
The title sums it up. (Note: Some/many of these I’ve emailed about before. Whatever.)
American Royals (the series) - Katharine McGee: If you like royal drama, soapy teenage heartbreak, a counter-history of America, or are wishing we had a functioning monarchy instead of a broken democracy.
Caste - Isabel Wilkerson: If you want to understand racism and power across cultures.
Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi: If you’re in the mood for an intimate novel that examines the complicated relationship between faith, science, family, depression, the immigrant story, and the experience of a Black woman in the south.
The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes - Elissa R. Sloan: If you loved watching “E True Hollywood Stories” or get a thrill out of the complicated messiness of celebrity culture.
The Roommate - Rosie Danan: If you’re desperate for a scorching-hot feminist sex-worker-positive romance novel that also has a hint of class warfare in it.
Can’t Even - Anne Helen Peterson: If you’re burnt-out and can’t understand why your face masks and well-scented candles aren’t fixing it. (Spoiler: The system is so fucked.)
Grown - Tiffany D. Jackson: If you want to viscerally feel the pain of a young Black woman who gets caught up in an R. Kelly-esque nightmare as she tries to pursue her dream. Warning, this book is hard to read and also vital to read.
Good Morning, Monster - Catherine Gildiner: If you’re convinced you’re too broken for therapy to make a difference and are in the mood to be proven wrong.
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