Best Books of the Month: September 2013

Here are the noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.

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Rivers by Michael Farris Smith Rivers
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After years of nonstop hurricanes, the U.S. government has abandoned the Gulf Coast. Most survivors move north, and those who stay behind live without electricity or rule of law, including Cohen, a man grieving for his wife as a huge hurricane picks up speed in this apocalyptic literary novel. Cheryl says, "Lyrical, flowing prose...a beyond-frightening landscape—this is a tale that seems like it could actually happen." After years of nonstop hurricanes, the U.S. government has abandoned the Gulf Coast. Most survivors move north, and those who stay behind live without electricity or rule of law, including Cohen, a man grieving for his wife as a huge hurricane picks up speed in this apocalyptic literary novel. Cheryl says, "Lyrical, flowing prose...a beyond-frightening landscape—this is a tale that seems like it could actually happen."
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Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones Jim Henson: The Biography
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Henson warbled The Rainbow Connection as his alter ego Kermit and taught the letter "C" through the wisdom of Cookie Monster. This exhaustive authorized biography delves into the boundless imagination of the puppeteering pioneer who created the Muppets, Sesame Street, and other classics. Shawn says, "I thought I knew Jim Henson, but I knew nothing...so many very personal stories about the man who gave the world so much joy. He became more human without losing the sparkle." Henson warbled The Rainbow Connection as his alter ego Kermit and taught the letter "C" through the wisdom of Cookie Monster. This exhaustive authorized biography delves into the boundless imagination of the puppeteering pioneer who created the Muppets, Sesame Street, and other classics. Shawn says, "I thought I knew Jim Henson, but I knew nothing...so many very personal stories about the man who gave the world so much joy. He became more human without losing the sparkle."
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Help for the Haunted by John Searles Help for the Haunted
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Orphaned daughter Sylvie Mason pieces together the puzzle of her parents' murders in this eerie psychological thriller. Well-known demonologists, the Masons offered help to anyone possessed or haunted—until they were gunned down one night in a deserted church. Wendy says, "Save this book for a night when the wind is howling outside of your window...[it's] spooky, creepy, disturbing, and oh so wonderful." Orphaned daughter Sylvie Mason pieces together the puzzle of her parents' murders in this eerie psychological thriller. Well-known demonologists, the Masons offered help to anyone possessed or haunted—until they were gunned down one night in a deserted church. Wendy says, "Save this book for a night when the wind is howling outside of your window...[it's] spooky, creepy, disturbing, and oh so wonderful."
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Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
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The reclusive life of eccentric heiress Huguette Clark is revealed in this historical biography that captures the extravagance of Gilded Age wealth. Despite mansions, priceless art galore, and good health, Clark lived out the last two decades of her life in a single hospital room. Nancy says, "This story has everything a reader could want—drama, glitter, art, beauty, mystery, skulduggery, and pathos. Ms. Clark is an enigmatic figure." The reclusive life of eccentric heiress Huguette Clark is revealed in this historical biography that captures the extravagance of Gilded Age wealth. Despite mansions, priceless art galore, and good health, Clark lived out the last two decades of her life in a single hospital room. Nancy says, "This story has everything a reader could want—drama, glitter, art, beauty, mystery, skulduggery, and pathos. Ms. Clark is an enigmatic figure."
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Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta Nine Inches: Stories
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The suburban morass of Little League games, troubled marriages, and disappointed adulthood is darkly depicted in Perrotta's collection of short stories, featuring the ordinary problems of teachers, cops, parents, and families. Stacey says, "Perrotta has the uncanny ability to portray suburban New Jersey and its denizens with such accuracy and clarity that reading his prose is like plunging a knife through water." The suburban morass of Little League games, troubled marriages, and disappointed adulthood is darkly depicted in Perrotta's collection of short stories, featuring the ordinary problems of teachers, cops, parents, and families. Stacey says, "Perrotta has the uncanny ability to portray suburban New Jersey and its denizens with such accuracy and clarity that reading his prose is like plunging a knife through water."
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Fangirl
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In this novel for teens, shy college freshman Cath feels unmoored. Her more gregarious twin sister is pulling away—she didn't want to be roommates—and Cath hides out writing fan fiction about Simon Snow, a Harry Potter-esque character. Her stories have thousands of fans, but her real-world life is unraveling. Danny calls the book "pure wonderment...there is so much honesty and beauty between these pages that I stand up and applaud." In this novel for teens, shy college freshman Cath feels unmoored. Her more gregarious twin sister is pulling away—she didn't want to be roommates—and Cath hides out writing fan fiction about Simon Snow, a Harry Potter-esque character. Her stories have thousands of fans, but her real-world life is unraveling. Danny calls the book "pure wonderment...there is so much honesty and beauty between these pages that I stand up and applaud."
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