New Books

New Books for the First Tuesday of September!

A quick reminder: today’s links will take you to Libby, a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. Many of you already know and love Libby, and now you can borrow August’s most exciting new releases (or put them on hold) right from this newsletter. Happy reading (and borrowing)!

Hello to you, my book friends. It’s a lovely day for learning about new releases. (Spoiler: Every day is a lovely day for new releases.) Who is ready for fall and the bazillion books we still have headed our way? *Raises hand* At the top of my list to acquire today are Finch House by Ciera Burch, Evil Eye by Etaf Rum, and The Fraud by Zadie Smith. You can hear about some more of the fabulous books coming out today on this week’s episode of All the Books! Danika and I talked about some of the books we’re excited about, including The September House, The Spirit Bares Its Teeth, and The Curious Vanishing of Beatrice Willoughby by G. Z. Schmidt.

Today I am doing a round-up of several exciting books from the first Tuesday of September 2023. Below, you’ll find titles (loosely) broken up into several categories, to make it easier for your browsing convenience. I hope you have fun with it! And as with each first Tuesday newsletter, I am putting asterisks *** next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved. YAY, BOOKS!

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Biography and Memoir

cover of Creep: Accusations and Confessions by Myriam Gurba; photo of the author, a Latine woman with blue eyes

Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere by Maria Bamford

I Wasn’t Supposed to Be Here: Finding My Voice, Finding My People, Finding My Way by Jonathan Conyers

Talking to My Angels by Melissa Etheridge

Creep: Accusations and Confessions by Myriam Gurba***

Joy Rides through the Tunnel of Grief: A Memoir by Jessica Hendry Nelson


What You Are Looking For Is In The Library by Michiko Aoyama, Alison Watts (translator)

Dayswork by Chris Bachelder and Jennifer Habel

Disorderly Men by Edward Cahill

Second Best by David Foenkinos, Megan Jones (translator)

cover of Coleman Hill by Kim Coleman Foote; black and white photo of several Black children with their clothing colored with ink

Coleman Hill by Kim Coleman Foote

The Future by Catherine Leroux, Susan Ouriou (translator)

Wednesday’s Child: Stories by Yiyun Li

Amazing Grace Adams by Fran Littlewood

Do You Remember Being Born? by Sean Michaels

One Blood by Denene Millner

Not Forever, But For Now by Chuck Palahniuk

I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel

From Dust to Stardust by Kathleen Rooney

Evil Eye by Etaf Rum

The Fraud by Zadie Smith ️

Hush Harbor by Anise Vance

cover of The Fraud by Zadie Smith; yellow bleeding to bright green, with black font

Wound by Oksana Vasyakina, Elina Alter (translator)

Birth Canal by Dias Novita Wuri

Dearborn by Ghassan Zeineddine

Middle Grade

Deephaven by Ethan M. Aldridge

Finch House by Ciera Burch***

The Spirit Glass by Roshani Chokshi

The Curious Vanishing of Beatrice Willoughby by G. Z. Schmidt***

Mystery and Thriller

It Ends with Knight by Yasmin Angoe

Scenes of the Crime by Jilly Gagnon

Mother-Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon

cover of Tolkien in the Twenty-First Century: The Meaning of Middle-Earth Today by Nick Groom; illustration of mordor


A Film in Which I Play Everyone: Poems by Mary Jo Bang

When the Game Was War: The NBA’s Greatest Season by Rich Cohen

The Little Frog’s Guide to Self-Care: Affirmations, Self-Love and Life Lessons According to the Internet’s Beloved Mushroom Frog by Maybell Eequay

Falling Upwards: Living the Dream, One Panic Attack at a Time by Jeremy Fall

Tolkien in the Twenty-First Century: The Meaning of Middle-Earth Today by Nick Groom

All Souls: Poems by Saskia Hamilton

Fly: The Big Book of Basketball Fashion by Mitchell Jackson***

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A Shot in the Dark by Victoria Lee

Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score

cover of Holly by Stephen King; image of a white house at night with a light on in one window and the basement

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror

Holly by Stephen King

Schrader’s Chord by Scott Leeds

The September House by Carissa Orlando***

The Circumference of the World by Lavie Tidhar

City of Bones by Martha Wells***

Young Adult

Midnight at the Houdini by Delilah S. Dawson

There’s No Way I’d Die First by Lisa Springer

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White

an orange cat in a cat bed yawning widely; photo by Liberty Hardy

This week: I’m currently reading In Ascension by Martin MacInnes and Moggies In Space edited by Rita Beeman and CV Walker. Outside of books, I have been watching a lot of Spongebob Squarepants. (Team Gary!) The song stuck in my head right now is “Devil Inside” by INXS. And here’s a cat photo: I love capturing the cats when they’re yawning because it always looks like they’re yelling/laughing/singing. Also, Zevon’s casual lean, pictured here, cracks me up.

That’s it for me today, friends. I am sending you love and good wishes for whatever is happening in your life right now. Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! See you next week. – XO, Liberty