Source: September Book Club Picks For Man-Repellers, Fangirls, and Wonder Women
Ready to fall in love with a new book this Fall? We've hand-picked the most promising page-turners out this month for your reading pleasure. This September, there are YA novels, historical romances, coming-of-age tales, and collections of essays that use fashion and knitting as metaphors for life and love. Plus vampires, sorcerers, and mystery to pair with your pumpkin spice latte. Let's hit the books!
- Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls: Fashion blogger Leandra Medine has made a name for herself with her adventurous sartorial choices and sense of humor, and now she combines both in her first book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. Leandra shares personal stories, drawing comparisons between her style choices and her love life in this honest and witty collection of essays.
- The Longest Ride: Nicholas Sparks's latest tearjerker, The Longest Ride, tells the tale of two vastly different couples whose lives will intersect in a way they never expected. One is an elderly man who reminisces about his late wife and their love story after a serious accident threatens his own life. The other is a young cowboy with a secret who meets a college student at a bull-riding event.
- Moonrise: Cassandra King's gothic romance Moonrise follows a new wife and her husband, a widower, as she attempts to win over his family and friends in a small mountain town. But things are not what they seem as she finds out more about her husband's late wife and her tragic death.
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- Blackmoore: A Proper Romance: Julianne Donaldson's novel Blackmoore: A Proper Romance is a self-described "page-turning tale of romance, intrigue, and devotion," inspired by the works of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. Set in Northern England in 1920, the romance follows an independent-minded young heroine who makes a deal with her mother that if she secures then rejects three marriage proposals over a season she will be allowed to travel to India with her aunt. But an unexpected friendship threatens to ruin her grand plans.
- Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest For Perfection: In Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest For Perfection, Barnard College President Debora L. Spar tells her own story and explores the challenges of American women still "living in a man's world" 50 years after the Equal Pay Act.
- Subtle Bodies: Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush is smart novel about the ups and downs of marriage and friendship. The story follows a 40-something man as he flies from San Francisco to Upstate New York to reunite with his college buddies after one of the group passes away. His wife begrudgingly joins the group and offers biting commentary as she's most focused on their pursuit to have a baby.
- Where the Stars Still Shine: Trish Doller's romantic YA novel Where the Stars Still Shine follows a teen girl who is being reunited with her family for the first time after being kidnapped and on the run with her mom for more than a decade. She must learn what it's like to be a part of a big family in a small town, and, most importantly, how to love and be loved while facing her painful past.
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- Duplex: A Novel: Kathryn Davis tells a romantic tale where "time, place, and mind all bend in extraordinary ways" in Duplex: A Novel. This magical coming-of-age story follows young sweethearts as they face the past and the future, space and time, and sorcerers.
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a dark fantasy novel by the author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black. The YA vampire book incorporates a sizzling romance, graphic violence, and a strong heroine who must save her ex-boyfriend, herself, and a mysterious boy from a walled city where vampires are quarantined. It's a horror tale that answers the question: what would be the real-world implications if vampires were discovered today?
- The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting: In The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter Clara Parkes uses her love and knowledge of knitting as a framework for funny and poignant stories about her life. The collection of essays utilizes knitting metaphors to take on such universal themes as adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration.
- Fangirl: Fan-fiction fans will appreciate Rainbow Rowell's YA novel Fangirl, a rom-com novel about a young woman starting college who must decide if she's ready to leave her fangirl days behind and start living and writing her own story. For the first time in her life, she's dealing with strange roommates, love interests, being away from her dad and twin sister, and a professor who finds her favorite genre deplorable.