Looking for a good read? From the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” to a cheeky exploration of the afterlife, titled “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death,” we’ve rounded up 15 books that we’re looking forward to reading this September.
“The Testaments,” by Margaret Atwood
The much-anticipated sequel to the 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” picks up 15 years after readers’ final encounter with Offred, the first book’s main character.
“The Water Dancer,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The Water Dancer” — the first novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “Between the World and Me” and “We Were Eight Years in Power” — tells the story of an enslaved man who nearly drowns and the path that his life takes as a result.
“Dominicana,” by Angie Cruz
In this coming-of-age story, Angie Cruz’s protagonist finds herself caught between following her heart and pleasing her family as she navigates an undesirable move from the Dominican Republic to New York City.
“Coventry,” by Rachel Cusk
“Coventry” gathers together nonfiction writings from the “Outline” trilogy author. Together, the pieces comment on motherhood, family, marriage, feminism and art, offering insight into the themes found in her fiction.
“Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death,” by Caitlin Doughty
But seriously, will my cat eat my eyeballs when I die? Caitlin Doughty, mortician and author of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “From Here to Eternity,” answers this frightful question and others asked by real children in her latest book.
“The Corner That Held Them,” Sylvia Townsend Warner, with introduction by Claire Harman
Set at a medieval convent, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s historical novel weaves together the tapestries of daily life to present an insightful and multi-layered depiction of community.
“Make It Scream, Make It Burn,” by Leslie Jamison
The latest non-fiction collection by Leslie Jamison pulls together 14 essays that survey haunting and obsession from a range of vantage points.
“Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life,” by Anne Lamott
“Writing is about telling the truth.” Pass on some good wisdom with the 25th anniversary edition of this classic from Anne Lamott.
“Sontag: Her Life and Work,” by Benjamin Moser
Clocking in at over 800 pages, Benjamin Moser’s biography of Susan Sontag utilizes archival research and interviews to present a thorough look into the writer’s intellectual underpinnings, activism and private relationships.
“What Time Is It?,” by John Berger, with illustrations by Selçuk Demirel and introduction by Maria Nadotti
Illustrated by his longtime collaborator Selçuk Demirel, “What Time Is It?” represents the last book written by the author and critic John Berger, who died in 2017. Time, a theme that snaked through Berger’s work, serves as a point of philosophical meditation.
“Bill Cunningham: On the Street,” New York Times
Over the course of his career, Bill Cunningham served as the eyes of New York street fashion. For the first time, the late photographer’s works will be published in a collection, with many never-before-seen images included alongside iconic photographs featured in the New York Times and elsewhere.
“The Dutch House,” by Ann Patchett
“Commonwealth” author Ann Patchett’s latest novel follows the misfortune story of two siblings and their childhood home over the course of five decades.
“The Future of the Image,” Jacques Ranciere
Originally published in 2003, Jacques Ranciere’s “The Future of the Image” probes the intersection of politics and art. The text is being released by Verso, along with Ranciere’s “Staging the People” and “The Intervals of Cinema.”
“The Collected Stories of Diane Williams,” by Diane Williams, with introduction by Ben Marcus
The prolific and influential writer Diane Williams has been praised as a master of short form writing. With stories that occupy only a single page to longer novellas, this new collection brings together some of the author’s most well-known works, in addition to new pieces.
“Red at the Bone,” by Jacqueline Woodson, with illustrations from Dianne Ruz
Structured as a circular tale that washes back and forth through time, Jacqueline Woodson’s newest novel presents a coming-of-age story that hinges on an unplanned pregnancy.
Top Image: Book covers for “Red at the Bone,” by Jacqueline Woodson; “The Dutch House,” by Ann Patchett; and “The Water Dancer,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Courtesy of Creative Commons