September's Most Anticipated New Books

Posted by Cybil on September 1, 2019
Some of the heaviest hitters in the literary world step up to the plate this September, with new works from Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and punk priestess Patti Smith. From daring escapes via the Underground Railroad to dystopian drama in the Republic of Gilead, we've got your autumn adventures all lined up.

Each month the Goodreads Editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers' early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.



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In this hugely anticipated sequel to the sociological sci-fi classic The Handmaid’s Tale, legendary author Atwood returns readers to the patriarchal totalitarian state of Gilead. Atwood's stated inspiration for the sequel: “The world we've been living in.”

Release date: September 10


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Set in the Old South of the Civil War era and the Underground Railroad, this thrilling and complex historical novel tells the tale of Hiram, an enslaved man who endeavors to free his people through the mystical power of Conduction.

Release date: September 24

Read our interview with Coates here.


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How do successful liars do what they do? Why is it sometimes so difficult to read people? What can we really know about one another? The author of Outliers and The Tipping Point tackles another pile of big questions through personal stories, case studies, and famous legal dramas.

Release date: September 10

Read our interview with Gladwell here.


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Unfolding over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a suspense-filled literary historical novel that follows the fate of two siblings exiled from their ultra-wealthy family in Philadelphia.

Release date: September 24



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National Book Award–winner Woodson (Another Brooklyn) takes us back and forth through time with the story of two very different New York City families brought together by an unplanned pregnancy.

Release date: September 17

Read our interview with Woodson here.


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The King is back! A novel of psychological horror in the key of Firestarter and It, The Institute follows a group of supernaturally gifted kids imprisoned in a facility that looks just like home. Except for the missing windows. And the evil Mrs. Sigsby. Zoinks, Scoob!

Release date: September 10



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Poet, performer, musician, and author Patti Smith's new memoir chronicles one year of solitary wandering in our brave new world of 21st-century America, blending fact and fiction, dreams and reality, and Smith's signature Polaroid photographs.

Release date: September 24

Read our interview with Smith here.


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Philip (new)

Philip Fatal Cajun Festival: A Cajun Country Mystery byEllen Byron Sept 10/19
The Orchid Keeper: A Sean O'Brien Novel by Tom Lowe Sept 16/19
Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay Sept 17/19
In Rhino We Trust: A Jenny Willson Mystery by Dave Butler Sept 28/19


message 2: by Amyn (new)

Amyn Bawa-allah Why is PET by Akwaeke Emezi not here?


message 3: by Brina (new)

Brina Please do a most anticipated nonfiction write up. Thank you.


message 4: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Atwood, King and Smith are the ones I'm excited for. The first two come out on the same day and I don't know which to prioritize! #luxuryproblems


message 5: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Fisher How about What is a girl worth? by Rachael Denhollander.


message 6: by Bożek (new)

Bożek Brina wrote: "Please do a most anticipated nonfiction write up. Thank you."

YES!


message 7: by Davia (new)

Davia Just Finished reading "Before Dawn" by Suzanne Halliday! The characters are fantastic and I was sad to have to turn the last page. I love books that leave you a little sad that the story is over for now. Suzanne has such incredible characters you want to be part of their world, their group or family. I LOVE that about her books. Before Dawn is a single mom kick ass love story any of us would be lucky to experience!


message 8: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael When I finish the three I am reading now, it will be time for Karin Slaughter and a new ARC I got called Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris, can't wait much longer, gotta read faster lol


message 9: by Kate (new)

Kate Jordan Tanya wrote: "Atwood, King and Smith are the ones I'm excited for. The first two come out on the same day and I don't know which to prioritize! #luxuryproblems"

I'm having the same problem! The IT movie on the 6th, wedding anniversary on the 8th, and 2 giants on the 10th. Gonna be a busy few days!


message 10: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Brina wrote: "Please do a most anticipated nonfiction write up. Thank you."

Yes, great idea!


message 11: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Christ Yes, nonfiction please.


message 12: by Myra (new)

Myra Dodick Brina wrote: "Please do a most anticipated nonfiction write up. Thank you."

Great idea


message 13: by Rick (new)

Rick Brina wrote: "Please do a most anticipated nonfiction write up. Thank you."

2 of those books are non-fiction.


message 14: by Ritika (new)

Ritika Please include books by authors who are not from North America. The world does not start and end there. Please!!


message 15: by Brina (new)

Brina Rick wrote: "Brina wrote: "Please do a most anticipated nonfiction write up. Thank you."

2 of those books are non-fiction."


I mean separate listings, fiction and nonfiction. When grouped together, the nonfiction books are always short changed.


message 16: by Brina (new)

Brina Ritika wrote: "Please include books by authors who are not from North America. The world does not start and end there. Please!!"

I agree!


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