September is right around the corner, Savvy Readers, and you know what that means: sweater weather (finally!), lattes that warm our souls, and, most importantly, NEW BOOKS! Check out the upcoming September releases that we are SO excited to read.
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live with the genius that changed the way we use and think about personal technology? How about to be related to him? In this unflinching, captivating memoir, Lisa Brennan-Jobs – daughter of renowned inventor and Apple CEO Steve Jobs – gives us an inside look at her experiences growing up, from feeling distant and isolated as a young girl to eventually gaining his attention as she grew older. With honest, wit, and intelligence, Lisa Brennan-Jobs guides us through her anything-but-ordinary life in the heart of the Silicon Valley tech boom.
War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell
The Last Kingdom series is back and better than ever! War of the Wolf follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg as he finds himself once again torn between his two heritages: Saxon and Viking. Fighting on what he considers the wrong side of the war, cursed by misfortune and tragedy, and facing one of his most formidable enemies, the pressure of Uhtred’s life as father, as politician, and as warrior grows as the winds of change gather all around him.
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
One September evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock receives some news that he never thought he’d hear: his ship has been sold. Not for gold or some form of treasure that you would expect to receive in a trade for a ship… but for a mermaid. Well, a dead mermaid. As news spreads, Jonah’s world is turned upside down, and soon enough he forms a dangerous relationship with Angelica Neal, a courtesan of great accomplishment. What follows is an unforgettable debut novel that explores obsession, wonder, and the deepest desires of the human heart with wit, intrigue, and a little hint of magic.
Machine Without Horses by Helen Humphreys
When a seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary, her imagination is sparked. The woman was somehow both extraordinary – eccentric, revered, and a renowned expert in her field – but also entirely ordinary. How does a writer, intrigued by all that isn’t said, create a story? In Machine Without Horses, Helen Humphreys explores both the real and imagined life of the famous and famously private salmon-fly dresser, Megan Boyd, a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a bare-bones cottage in a small village in the north of Scotland.
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
After years of caring for her ailing mother, Jessie Sloane is finally on the path to rebuilding her life… until a random call from her college informs her that her social security number has raised a very serious red flag, throwing Jessie’s life into jeopardy. Burdened by an inability to sleep and finding herself at the centre of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole where her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue, and she’s exacerbated by grief. What lengths will you go to discover the truth when you can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined?
I Know You Know by Gilly MacMillan
Surely two shocking murders committed twenty years apart can’t be connected, right? Well, not so fast… Filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the brutal murder of his childhood best friends when they were just 11 years old. Sure, a man was convicted of the murders, but Cody still has some questions. Determined to figure out what actually happened to them, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But when a long-dead body is found in the exact same spot his friends’ bodies were, the detective of the original case must re-open his files and decide whether or not the two cases are somehow linked, despite being twenty years apart.
The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts
Polly Spencer: single, thirty, and only had sex twice in the last calendar year. But if anyone asks, she’s fine! Seriously, guys, she’s fine… even if she’s still stuck at a gossip magazine writing columns about royal babies and the chances of finding a date to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim. Determined to turn a new leaf on New Years, Polly is dedicated to improving her life. And that’s when she is assigned to write a story on Jasper, Marquess of Milton. There’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms, right? Right…?
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, was forcibly transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was put to work as a tattooist – the man tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. In July, Lale comforts a trembling young woman in line to be tattooed. Her name is Gita and, in that first encounter, Lale vows to do whatever it takes to survive the camp and marry her. A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Lisa has worked so hard to build a decent life for her daughter Ava and her best friend Marilyn. When a handsome client shows interest in her, she decides that maybe she’s finally ready to put her past behind her and move on. But that’s when Lisa’s daughter rescues a boy from drowning and her family’s photo is plastered all over the news for the world to see. Lisa’s world explodes, and soon enough everything she has carefully built starts to crumble around her. Who can Lisa trust? Is someone pulling the strings? Cross Her Heart is a twisted, perfectly paced story of lies, obsession, and love.
The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Returning to the magnificent world he crafted in his bestselling Cemetery of Forgotten series, this riveting series finale is a heart-pounding thriller and nail-biting work of suspense which introduces a new heroine whose investigation will shine a light on the dark history of Franco’s Spain. Twenty years after losing her parents in a bombing during the Spanish Civil War, Alicia wants to move on from the investigation firm where she works. At her boss’s request, however, she must solve one last case: the mysterious disappearance of Spain’s Minister of Culture, Mauricio Valls. What follows is an home to the world of books, the Cemetery of Forgotten series, and the magical bridge between literature and our lives.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
What do you get when you cross Gosford Park with Murder on the Orient Experience, and throw in a little hint of Groundhog Day? You get the most thrilling debut mystery of this season! It was meant to be a night of celebration, but when Evelyn Hardcastle is killed, Aidan must discover the identity of the killer. The catch? The day of the party – and the murder – will continue until Aidan successfully stops Evelyn’s murder. The other catch? Every time the day resets, Aidan wakes up in the body of a different guest, and it appears as though someone is determined to prevent him from escaping Blackheath…
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Zuri Benitez has pride – family pride, Brooklyn pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But when her neighbourhood starts to succumb to the pressures of rapid gentrification, pride might not be enough to save it. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with any of them – especially the arrogant and judgmental Darius. But when they are forced to find common ground, Zuri and Darius’ initial dislike for each other shifts into an unexpected understanding. In this timely update of Pride and Prejudice, Ibi Zoboi masterfully navigates issues of class, cultural identity, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love.
So, what do you think, Savvy Readers? What September release are you most looking forward to? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!