What’s New - September
Submitted by Terri S.

In the publishing year, the fall season is the best time ever for readers. It’s the time of year when publishers release the biggest and the best in preparation for the busy holiday buying season. Our September list is a small peek at the great books hitting the shelves this fall. Sit back, relax, unwind, and READ!

Word to the Wise
by Jenn McKinlay
(September 3)

It's no-holds-barred murder, in the latest page-turner from the  New York Times  bestselling author of  Hitting the Books.
A riveting, cozy mystery!
The Institute
by Stephen King
(September 10)

Heart wrenching, menacing suspense! Not a word is wasted in this meticulously crafted novel, which once again proves why King is the king of horror. 
Published to coincide with the release of It: Chapter Two .

The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood
(September 10)

In this brilliant sequel acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades, picking up where the van door slams on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale
A big “must read” for fall!

Talking to Strangers
by Malcolm Gladwell
(September 10)

Best-selling Gladwell presents a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. Something is very wrong, he argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. A gripped guidebook for troubled times.
by Emma Donoghue
(September 17)

A retired New York professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets in the next masterpiece from  New York Times  bestselling author Emma Donoghue. Readers drawn to World War II and family mysteries will find this a most fascinating read.

We Are the Weather
by Jonathan Safran Foer
(September 17)

An urgent call to action that explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. The author states that we have turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.

The World that We Knew
by Alice Hoffman
(September 24)

An exceptionally voiced tale of deepest love and loss, and one Alice Hoffman’s finest. WWII fiction has glutted the market, but this unique brand of magical realism and the beautiful, tender yet devastating way she explores her subject make this gorgeous, courageous novel a true standout. Will likely have appeal with readers who also enjoyed Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.
Amazing Finds: Rediscovering Backlist Titles

While waiting your turn on the long list of holds for the big book releases out this month (think Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, etc.) take advantage of backlist titles you may have missed. Some of the best conversations I’ve had around the library lately center around backlist titles. I just had a conversation today with a staff member who, at the suggestion of one of our library patrons, is working her way through the Sue Grafton’s mystery series, beginning with A is for Alibi. What a discovery for her! Classic, “vintage” mystery that never goes out of style. There is a reason why such solid backlist titles retain their spot on our shelves– they’re top notch AND waiting to be rediscovered!

Enjoy this list of fiction titles, sure to please a wide variety of reading interests:
Meet the Author: An Evening with Garth Stein
Thursday, October 25th at 7 p.m.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear Garth Stein discuss his book,  The Art of Racing in the Rain , the writing process, and so much more. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the program. 

This program is made possible through the partnership and support of the Wauconda Area Library Foundation.

All the Books!
Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a lively “everything about books” discussion! Each month we get together to share what we’ve been reading, discover new books coming ‘round the bend, and what books have library staff all abuzz. It’s a good time and everyone goes home with a free book to add to their “to be read” collection. Come join us this month! Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy our discussion outdoors.