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Best books to read in September 2016

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We love a good beach read here at EW, but we’re ready to dig into some meatier fall offerings — and luckily, September is packed to the brim with excellent novels from literary greats like Ann Patchett and Ian McEwan, revealing memoirs from Danielle Trussoni and Mara Wilson, a brilliant guide for the armchair traveler (or a more active one), and hotly anticipated sequels to a couple of 2015’s best books.

Check out our September must-reads below, and see what else fall has in store for your bookshelf with the rest of EW’s 2016 Fall Books Preview.

A Field Guide to Redheads by Elizabeth Graeber (Sept. 6)

Whether you’ll give it as a gift to your favorite red-headed pal or spend an afternoon poring over Graeber’s gorgeous cartoons, this clever exploration of redheads modern (Ed Sheeran) to fictional (Anne of Green Gables) is downright delightful.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman (Sept. 6)

The author of YA hit If I Stay has written her first novel for adults, which follows a magazine editor with a seemingly perfect life who has a heart attack — then, not used to having to rely on other people, leaves home in search of her estranged mother.

Mischling by Affinity Konar (Sept. 6)

Twins Pearl and Stasha are imprisoned in Auschwitz as part of Mengele’s Zoo. When Pearl disappears shortly before the camp is liberated, Stasha searches through the ruins of Poland to find her.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (Sept. 13)

This deeply pleasurable novel about a big blended family meanders through five decades, shedding light on secrets, tragedies, and relationships.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan (Sept. 13)

McEwan’s latest has an unlikely narrator: A fetus in utero hears its mother and her lover’s plans for a murder, and tells us everything.

Jerusalem by Alan Moore (Sept. 13)

Ten years in the making, this world-building 1,184-page epic from the creator of Watchmen tells the fantastical story of Moore’s hometown: Northampton, England.

Intimations by Alexandra Kleeman (Sept. 13)

The author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Minereturns with a collection of haunting, experimental stories about human life.

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Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson (Sept. 13)

After starring in beloved films like Matilda andMrs. Doubtfire as a child, Wilson left the spotlight. She returns as a talented writer with this collection of essays.

The Fortress by Danielle Trussoni (Sept. 20)

Trussoni has already written a remarkable coming-of-age memoir, Falling Through the Earth — largely about her relationship with her dad, a Vietnam vet — and now delivers a scorching account of her marriage.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (Sept. 20)

In the new novel from the author of Room, a nurse visits a remote Irish village to determine whether a young girl who has apparently survived without food for months is a miracle or a dangerous hoax.

The Arab of Future 2 by Riad Sattouf (Sept. 20)

Sattouf picks up where his successful 2015 graphic memoir left off in 1984. Now settled in Syria after an unstable early childhood, he and his family must learn to live amid a terrifying regime.

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (Sept. 20)

The “Lottery” author and horror legend finally gets the critical biography she deserves.

Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein (Sept. 20)

Missing the vague, futuristic dread you feel watching Black Mirror? Weinstein’s eerie sci-fi collection — featuring adopted robot children and the addictive fictional memory industry — fills the void brilliantly.

Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton (Sept. 20)

The founders of the popular website compile over 700 of the world’s most amazing places — from natural wonders to jaw-dropping architecture to hidden gems closer to your own backyard than you realized.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Sept. 27)

Bardugo’s Six of Crows, a 2015 fantasy-heist novel set in an alternative Dutch underworld, introduced readers to the six badass teenagers whose adventures continue in this second novel.