11 Books That Will Relieve Your End-of-Summer Sadness This September
So long, beach days. Farewell, rooftop mojitos. After a long, hot summer, it’s finally September. But don’t let post-summertime sadness set in because there's plenty to celebrate. Grab your PSL and your Kindle (or physical book, if you’re old-fashioned like that), and head to a cozy coffee shop to get reading because this fall brings with it plenty of buzzy page-turners.
Need a suggestion (or 11)? We're got your back. Scroll down for the best books of September 2018 that we're looking forward to.
Cross Her Heart (Sept. 4)
In the vein of Paula Hawkins's Into the Water and Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, author Sarah Pinborough's domestic thriller Cross Her Heart examines the secret life of single mom Lisa and her 16-year-old daughter Ava as one misstep threatens everything they've come to know.
The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee (Sept. 25)
Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner and Hollywood biographer Nancy Schoenberger collaborated on this joint biography of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her glamorous younger sister Lee Radziwell. Culled from interviews with Radziwell and the ever-evolving cycle of Kennedy family gossip, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters provides one more piece of the enigmatic puzzle that is Lee and Jackie’s lives.
Katerina (Sept. 11)
Controversial author James Frey — whose infamous expansion on the truth in the purported non-fiction bestseller A Million Little Pieces scandalized the literary community — reasserts himself as a voice to be reckoned with in Katerina. The romantic novel swings between 1992 Paris and 2018 Los Angeles, telling the story of two young creatives on the verge of stardom.
In Pieces (Sept. 18)
In the actress’s first memoir, two-time Oscar and three-time Emmy winner Sally Field opens up about her childhood and the jobs and relationships that have come to define her decades-spanning career.
In Her Bones (Sept. 4)
The latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti follows Edie, the 30-year-old daughter of a convicted serial killer, whose obsession with the families of her mother's victims leads her down what may turn out to be a similarly murderous path.
Beautiful Boy (Movie Tie-In Version) (Sept. 4)
David Sheff’s heartrending memoir originally came out in 2008, but the upcoming film adaptation (starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell) has prompted a movie tie-in version for a new generation of readers. Beautiful Boy provides a candid look at drug addiction from the father of addict Nic Sheff (whose own memoir Tweak informed the film as well).
The Dinner List (Sept. 11)
Imagine if you really could invite any five people, living or dead, to dinner? This is the foundation of Rebecca Serle's latest novel, which finds its protagonist seated at a table beside Audrey Hepburn, three specters from her past, and her best friend on her 30th birthday.
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World (Sept. 11)
Before inspiring the character whose name has become synonymous with inappropriate lust, Sally Horner was just an 11-year-old Jersey girl. The Real Lolita elucidates the little-known backstory story behind Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel and shines a light on Horner's tragic narrative.
Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs (Sept. 4)
Bill Cunningham is best known as the beloved New York Times street style photographer who rode around the city on his bike, wearing a blue jacket, snapping portraits of fashoinistas. His life's work was spotlighting the beauty in others, but his own personal life has been shrouded in relative privacy — until now. It was discovered after his death in 2016 that he had left behind a secret memoir, and with its publication, his life's story will unfold publicly for the first time.
Sea Prayer (Sept. 18)
From the author of powerful bestseller The Kite Runner comes Sea Prayer, a 48-page illustrated book inspired by the refugee crisis in Syria. Khaled Hosseini pays tribute to families forced to flee, laying out the short tale in epistolary form, as a letter from a father to his sleeping son ahead of their emigration.
Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death (Sept. 4)
Throwing Shade podcast creator and co-host Erin Gibson takes the outrage felt by so many pussy hat-owners and distills it into a raw and hilarious book of essays from a bold, and relatable, new voice.
—Additional reporting by Alexandra Whittaker