The new books to read in September 2019 – Autumn Reading

The autumn publishing season

For the new literary season, hundreds of new books are arriving at our booksellers to the delight of all. First novels, English or foreign literature, thrillers, essays or short stories, there is plenty of choice. And the most you have, the more difficult it is to choose. In this multitude of new books, we have selected new titles we have enjoyed among the books released from mid-August until mid-September. We will propose you other selections in the coming weeks.

 

Gone by Midnight

by Candice Fox
Publisher Arrow
5 September 2019

Gone by Midnight is a creepy thriller.
An eight-year-old boy disappears at the White Caps Hotel.  His mother, Sara Farrow,  doesn't trust the police so she decides to hire private detectives to find her son. She chooses an ex-cop, Ted Conkaffey and his partner Amanda Pharrell. But this is not the right time for Ted as he is trying to rebuild  his life with his three-year-old daughter Lillian. Despite active searches, the boy seems to have vanished with no trace. During his investigation, Ted will encounter some sinister people and a lot of dangers for him and Lillian.
Addictive.

 

The Dearly Beloved

by Cara Wall
Publisher Simon & Schuster
13 August 2019

The Dearly Beloved is the first novel by Cara Wall. It recounts the story of two ministers and their wife  in the 50s and the 60s. The first part of the novel is a back story of the four characters: Charles and his wife Lily, James and his wife Nan. Cara Wall introduces each character so we learn of their past, when they are young, and when they fall in love. When Charles and James are hired at the same church in New-York City as co-pastors, the two couples meet. In the second part of the novel, more eventful, we follow them into their everyday life as they wrestle with doubt, faith, friendship and marriage conflicts.
Beautifully written, The Dearly Beloved is an interesting and thoughtful read, whether you are a believer or a nonbeliever.

 

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

by Alix E. Harrow
Red Hook Editions
10 September 2019

Mr Locke is a multi-millionaire who lives in a sprawling mansion with his ward, January Scaller. January is the storyteller and the main character. Her mother died when she was young and her father left, so she doesn't know much about her past. She has a governess, Jane, a friend, Samuel and a dog, Bad. When she was seven years old, January found a mysterious door opening to a new world. Some years later, she discovers a strange book about doors, riddles and adventures. As she turns the pages, the story begins, melting with her own life, revealing secrets about her past. Actually, it's a story within a story.
Alix E. Harrow is an excellent writer.The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a story about books, reading, writing, fairy tales and stories. This is a wonderful and unique novel, perfect if you like to escape into a book. Enchanting!

 

Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals

by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
Publisher: Scribner
17 September 2019

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a biologist and Kathryn Bowers a science writer. In this book, they explore the period between childhood and adulthood of various animal species. The book is divided into four parts: safety, status, procreation, self-reliance. Each part is centred on a specific animal: Ursula, a penguin, Shrink, a hyena, Salt, a whale, Slavc, a wolf. Their research and observations help to understand better human adolescent behaviour.
Original and informative, this book is a must-read.

 

The Dutch House

by Ann Patchett
Publisher Harper
24 September 2019

The Dutch House , Patchett's eighth novel, is a family saga that spans over five decades. After World War II, Cyril Conroy buys a mansion in Philadelphia to please his wife Elna. They live with their children, Danny and Maeve. But Elna hates the Dutch house, so she leaves home. Told from the point of view of Danny as an adult, the story jumps back and forth between the past and the present, revealing the childhood of Maeve and Danny and how their lives suddenly changed.
The dutch House is a book difficult to put down.

Excellent reading!

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