12 New Books By Women To Read This September

by Erika W. Smith



September is just around the corner, and along with back-to-school shopping (I have not been in school in half a decade but yes, I will buy new notebooks), changing leaves, and pumpkin spice everything, a great new group of books is coming out. Take a look below to see the books by women coming out in September 2017 that we’re most excited about.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, September 5


Jesmyn Ward’s third novel is her first since her National Book Award winner Salvage the Bones; in between, she’s written two works of nonficiton, Men We Reaped and The Fire This Time.

We Were Witches by Ariel Gore, September 5


Ariel Gore follows a fictionalized Ariel Gore in her lyrical novel, which promises “a rich subcultural canon of resistance and failure, populated by writers like Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldúa, Tillie Olsen, and Kathy Acker.” Reviewed in BUSTs August/September issue.

Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim, September 5


Findakly tells a nuanced story of her relationship with her home country, with illustrations by her husband Lewis Trondheim.

What Happened by Hillary Clinton, September 12


Hillary Clinton’s election memoir is being billed as a “devastating” read, and we can believe it.

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss, September 12


Nicole Krauss’ fourth novel is her first in seven years – you may know her for the History of Love or Great House.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, September 12

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You may have read Celeste Ng’s incredible first novel, Everything I Never Told You, and her second is getting rave reviews — including in BUST’s August/September issue!

Kiss Me Someone: Stories
by Karen Shephard, September 12


This short story collection explores mixed-race identity and social class, following women who are “in between.”

Afterglow (a dog memoir) by Eileen Myles, September 12


Poet Eileen Myles turns to an unusual subject with her upcoming “dog memoir” about her pet pit bull, Rosie.

The Origin of Others
by Toni Morrison, September 18


The incomparable Toni Morrison’s latest is a collection of her Harvard lectures about race and what it means to be American.

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, September 19


National Book Award winner Alice McDermott’s eighth book explores tragedy in the Irish Catholic community in Brooklyn in early 1900s.

Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st century
 by Jessica Bruder, September 19


Journalist Jessica Bruder explores the lives of transient older Americans who have live in RVs and trailers and travel around the country, following low-paid, seasonal jobs.

Reset by Ellen Pao, September 19


Ellen Pao became famous for suing her Silicon Valley employer for gender discrimination, and she’s become a leader who champions diversity in the tech industry. Her memoir chronicles her story as a woman of color in the tech world.

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