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Book Club Picks for September 2022


Amerie Book Club

The book: What we gave the Manticore by Talia Lakshmi Kolluri (Tin House)

Our reviewer says: “These nine outstanding stories, centered on a variety of mammal and bird species and set in global locations ranging from the Sundarbans to the open ocean, from the Arctic to Delhi, feel both timeless and urgent. ” Read more.

Read with Jenna, the Jenna Bush Hager Book Club

The book: Solito: a memoir by Javier Zamora (Hogarth)

Our reviewer says: “Poet Zamora…sheds an urgent and compassionate light on the human lives taken in an ongoing humanitarian crisis.” Read more.

Barnes & Noble Book Club

The book: Other birds by Sarah Addison Allen (Saint Martin)

Our reviewer says: “Allen skillfully weaves together the various threads…It will move readers.” Read more.

Belletrist Book Club

The book: If I survive you by Jonathan Escoffery (MCD)

Our reviewer says: “The vibrant and varied beginnings of Escoffery, a linked collection, chronicle the turbulent fate of a Jamaican American family in Miami.” Read more.

Books and Boba Book Club

The book: You are invited by Amanda Jayatissa (Berkley)

Our reviewer says: “[A] twisty thriller set among Sri Lanka’s wealthiest circles… Ruth Ware fans will want to check this out.” Read More.

BTS book club

The book: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (Park Row)

Our reviewer says: “Pener’s story starts out strong but falters as the engaging premise becomes muddled up in practical plot twists.” Read more.

Good housekeeping book club and Reese’s Book Club

The book: on the roof by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Ecco)

Our reviewer says: “Sexton brings undeniable power to his depiction of fragmented and deferred dreams.” Read more.

Good Morning America Book Club

The book: The fortune of jaded women by Carolyn Huynh (Atria)

Our reviewer says: “Huynh paints an admirable portrait of well-meaning mothers and their children. Despite the bumps, it’s worth a watch.” Read more.

Jewish Book Council (Fiction)

The book: The wonderful place by Melissa Bank (Viking)

Our reviewer says: “This isn’t just another chick-lit urban bildungsroman… Captivating, engaging – it’s a wonderful return for Bank.” Read more.

Jewish Book Council (nonfiction)

The book: It’s real and you’re totally unprepared: days of fear as a journey of transformation by Alan Lew (Little, Brown)

Our reviewer says: “[A] powerful yet compassionate cry for spiritual renewal during the high holy days as well as the rest of the year.”

#Readwith™ by Marie Claire

The book: Mike in real life by Emiko Jean (Tomorrow)

Our reviewer says: “[T]Here’s a lot to chew on interracial adoption and the varieties of mother-daughter experiences and conflicts. Aside from the familiar rom-com subplot, it does the job well.” Read More

Mocha Girls Book Club

The book: Not all boys are blue by George M. Johnson (FSG)

Our reviewer says: “In an editorial landscape that needs black queer voices, readers sorting through similar concepts will be grateful to join [Johnson] during the trip.” Read more.

Unnamed Book Club (Fiction)

The book: God help the child by Toni Morrison (Knopf)

Our reviewer says: “[Morrison’s] the literary craft endures with sparse language, precise imagery and even humor. This haunting novel speaks to a deep understanding of American culture and an unwavering sense of justice and forgiveness.” Read more.

Unnamed Book Club (nonfiction)

The book: Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Sense of Freedom by Dorothy Roberts (Vintage)


The book: Tomorrow at this time by Emma Straub (Riverhead)

Our reviewer says: “Straub offers a delicious journey through time involving a woman and her famous father.” Learn more here.

Subtle Asian Book Club

The book: Babel or the necessity of violence: an obscure history of the Oxford translators’ revolution by RF Kuang (Harper Voyager)

Our reviewer says: “Kuang disappoints with a didactic, unsubtle take on black academia and imperialism.” Read more.

TikTok book club

The book: Honey and spices by Bolu Babalola

Our reviewer says, “Babalola’s expert handling of young love’s messy vulnerability and joyful exuberance makes him a winner.” Read more.