Hot New Book Releases in September and October

Here are some of the new books coming to the Library for adults, children, and teens—from bedtime stories to novels by celebrated authors to travel sagas.

September 3, 2019
Quichotte (adult)
by Salman Rushdie

Starred by both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, this novel tells the story of a writer who is inspired by Don Quixote to invent his own character who is madly in love with someone who is out of reach.

September 3, 2019
Butterfly Yellow (YA)
by Thanhhà Lai

Viet Than Nguyen, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Matt de la Peña have all praised this novel, which was starred by both Booklist and Kirkus. The book chronicles children’s experiences as Vietnamese refugees.

September 3, 2019
Lalani of the Distant Sea (children)
by Erin Entrada Kelly

Filipino folklore inspired this fantasy novel from Newbery Medal winner Kelly. The book has been acclaimed with starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly.

September 10, 2019
The Testaments (adult)
by Margaret Atwood

Literary icon Atwood delivers a sequel to her bestselling cultural touchstone The Handmaid’s Tale.

September 10, 2019
Just Because (children)
by Mac Barnett

Kirkus praises both the words and illustrations of this book that seeks to go far beyond the common, unsatisfactory answer to children’s questions about why—“Just because.”

September 10, 2019
The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border (YA)
by Juan Pablo Villalobos

Award-winning author Villalobos presents the real-life stories of eleven migrant teenagers who try to cross the border into the United States. These riveting accounts depict the tremendous hope and desperation that fuel treacherous journeys north—and provide an intimate window into the refugee crisis.

September 17, 2019
Red at the Bone (adult)
by Jacqueline Woodson

From the National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming, this novel explores the impact that decisions we make in our youth have across time as they reverberate through generations. Set in Brooklyn, the book was starred by both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

October 1, 2019
The Kindness Book (children)
by Todd Parr

New York Times bestseller Parr uses colorful drawings to emphasize for young readers that you always have a choice to be kind.

October 3, 2019
The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) (YA)
by Philip Pullman

This is the second book of Pullman’s new trilogy set in the world he established in his beloved His Dark Materials series. The novel features twenty-year-old student Lyra as its protagonist.

October 8, 2019
On The Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey (adult)
by Paul Theroux

Acclaimed novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux presents a timely chronicle of life on the Mexican-U.S. border as well as deep inside our southern neighbor.

Books for Back-To-School

The Pigeon Has To Go To School
by Mo Willems

A pigeon confronts his fears about going to school.

The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years
by Janet Hibbs and Anthony Rostain

Two leading mental health experts provide a comprehensive guide to how you can support your child so they will be successful in college.