The best books of September 2020, according to Amazon's editors
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- September has arrived and Amazon's book editors have lined up 12 titles worth keeping an eye out for as summer slowly fades into fall.
- This month's selections span from memoirs that provide powerful insight into the institutionalized racism of the criminal justice system to deep dives of the burnout culture among millennials.
- We've gathered each of September's picks below, with short summaries provided by Amazon's book editor, Erin Kodicek.
The usual back-to-school season that September brings has been in flux this year, to say the least. Anxieties are running high as some students pick up supplies to head back to in-person classes while others scramble to put together at-home setups for virtual learning. With uncertainty around future plans looming large, now more than ever is an excellent time to curl up and unwind for a few hours with a compelling new read.
Whether looking to tap back into your drive for education or seeking an escape from this eerie time, Amazon's book editors have curated a list of 12 reads fit for your September list. As was the case in August, the editors were so impressed with the books out this month that they expanded their list from the standard 10 choices.
The list features a wide range of captivating reads, such as psychologist and author Catherine Gildiner's "Good Morning, Monster," which details triumphant stories of her patients' emotional recovery. Meanwhile, Louise Penny's "Chief Inspector Gamache" series makes its triumphant return with "All the Devils Are Here," with the protagonist looking to solve the attempted murder of his godfather. In the mix are also powerful memoirs, medieval epics, and more.
Here are the top 12 books of September 2020, according to Amazon's editors:
Captions have been provided by Erin Kodicek, editor of books, and Kindle at Amazon.com.
"Fifty Words for Rain" by Asha Lemmie
Set in post WWII Japan, this sweeping story about a love child left with her scandalized, and brutal, grandparents will have you rooting for its resilient heroine, Nori, who must summon the courage to assert her own identity and live life on her own terms.
"A Knock at Midnight" by Brittany K. Barnett
In this powerful memoir that examines the ways in which institutionalized racism permeates our judicial system, Brittany K. Barnett describes her efforts to fight for the men and women unfairly incarcerated for minor drug offenses, including her own mother.
"All the Devils Are Here" by Louise Penny
The latest in Louise Penny's beloved Inspector Gamache series finds our hero in Paris, investigating the attempted murder of his godfather. "All the Devils Are Here" is a great entry point into the popular series, and an intriguing origin story for the faithful.
"Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi
In Yaa Gyasi's highly anticipated follow-up to "Homegoing," a PhD candidate in neuroscience channels her studies into trying to understand the depression and addiction plaguing her family, while also mourning the imperfect but very real consolations her faith once provided.
"Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman
Best-selling author Fredrik Backman returns in a novel about an open house that turns into a hostage situation. But this is Backman so it's not a thriller! "Anxious People" is another reassuring and endearing yarn that will expand your empathy in unlikely places.
"The Book of Two Ways" by Jodi Picoult
A budding Egyptologist's life gets sidetracked by her mother's terminal cancer diagnosis in a profound novel by Jodi Picoult that explores the ways in which the decisions we make shape us.
"The Evening and the Morning" by Ken Follett
The prequel to Ken Follett's juggernaut Kingsbridge series lives up to the hype. Set at the tail end of the Dark Ages when England was being constantly battered by the Vikings, it's a star-crossed love story, but also another sly critique of the so-called pious.
"The Quiet Americans" by Scott Anderson
A well-researched and character driven history of the early years of the CIA, "The Quiet Americans" is not just about the work they do — much of it morally complex — but how it affects them as human beings.
"Good Morning, Monster" by Catherine Gildiner
For fans of Lori Gottlieb's "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone," a therapist recounts five of her most fascinating patients, with a focus on how heroic they are for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
"Can't Even" by Anne Helen Petersen
Based on the viral Buzzfeed article "How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation," Anne Helen Petersen does a deep dive into how former generations, especially the Boomer generation, have set Millennials up for failure.
"The Lying Life of Adults" by Elena Ferrante
A young girl forges a relationship with an estranged aunt, upending her life in ways that frighten and excite, and also change the way she sees her parents, the city she loves, and the other people around her.
"Just Us" by Claudia Rankine
In this unique and provocative work comprised of everything from personal musings, to tweets, to historical documents, and even Beyoncé lyrics, Claudia Rankine challenges herself and her readers to confront questions about bias, privilege, and racism.
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