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New Books for the First Tuesday of September!

Hello, star bits! I hope you got lots of rest last night, because you’re going to use all your energy spending the rest of the day looking at all the titles out today! At the top of my list of books to buy are Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman by Lucy Worsley (surprise, surprise), What We Fed to the Manticore by Talia Lakshmi Kolluri, and Plagues and Pencils: A Year of Pandemic Sketches by Edward Carey. This is shaping up to be my busiest month yet, with events and work meetings, so I hope I can find time to read them!

Now, today’s books: I do these first Tuesday megalists because the first Tuesday of each month has so many new releases, and it’s fun to round some of them up. 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 a asterisks *** next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved.

And speaking of today’s great books, for this week’s episode of All the Books! Danika and I discussed some of the wonderful books that we’ve read, such as Killers of a Certain Age, The Weight of Blood, Year of the Tiger, and more.

Biography and Memoir

cover of Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life by Alice Wong; illustration of a red tiger on a yellow background

Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life by Alice Wong

Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman by Lucy Worsley

Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora

On the Ledge: A Memoir by Amy Turner

They Called Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom by Ahed Tamimi, Dena Takruri

All the Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns by Betty Gilpin

Boy with the Bullhorn: A Memoir and History of ACT UP New York by Ron Goldberg 

A Visible Man: A Memoir by Edward Enninful


cover of The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West; collage of a Black woman with flowers behind her ear

The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West ***

The Bad Angel Brothers by  Paul Theroux

On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton ***

Sacrificio by Ernesto Mestre-Reed

Ithaca by Claire North

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell***

Book of Extraordinary Tragedies by Joe Meno

What We Fed to the Manticore by Talia Lakshmi Kolluri

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

No Windmills in Basra by Diaa Jubaili, Chip Rossetti (translator)

cover of The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh; cartoon illustration of a man and woman looking over several homes in a village by a lake

The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh ***

The Unfolding by A.M. Homes 

The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland 

The Means by Amy Fusselman 

Unleashed by Cai Emmons

If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery***

The Family Izquierdo by Rubén Degollado***

The Deceptions by Jill Bialosky 

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American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper by Daniel Stashower

The Red Widow: The Scandal that Shook Paris and the Woman Behind it All by Sarah Horowitz

Off with Her Head: Three Thousand Years of Demonizing Women in Power by Eleanor Herman

Middle Grade

cover of The Curse on Spectacle Key by Chantel Acevedo; illustration of a girl and dog by a lighthouse at night shining a flashlight on a girl ghost

The Curse on Spectacle Key by Chantel Acevedo

1-2-3-4, I Declare a Thumb War by Lisi Harrison and Daniel Kraus

Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution by Sherri Winston

Eden’s Everdark by Karen Strong

A Pocket Full of Posies by Shawn Sarles

Attack of the Black Rectangles by A. S. King*** 

What We Saw by Mary Downing Hahn

My Buddy, Killer Croc by Sara Farizan and Nicoletta Baldari

Sweet and Sour by Debbi Michiko Florence

The Replacement by Lindsey Duga

Shot Clock by Caron Butler and Justin A. Reynolds

cover image of Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn; illustration of a hand holding a big knife, with a bracelet on the wrist

Moonflower by Kacen Callender

Mystery and Thriller

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn***

Back to the Garden by Laurie R. King


The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World by Max Fisher

Plagues and Pencils: A Year of Pandemic Sketches by Edward Carey***


The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale 

Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match by Sally Thorne 

cover of The Holiday Trap by Roan Parrish; cartoon illustration of several small town scenes with direction signs spelling out the title

The Holiday Trap by Roan Parrish

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings

The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas 

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke And Other Misfortunes by Eric LaRocca***

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Young Adult

The Sunbearer Trials (The Sunbearer Duology) by Aiden Thomas***

Our Shadows Have Claws: 15 Latin American Monster Stories by Yamile Saied Méndez (Editor), Amparo Ortiz (Editor), Ricardo López Ortiz (Illustrator)

Daughters of the Dawn by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua

Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix (Remixed Classics, 5) by Anna-Marie McLemore***

cover of Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix (Remixed Classics, 5) by Anna-Marie McLemore; illustration of two young men, one white and blonde, one Latine with dark hair, dressed in 1920s outfits

Destination Unknown by Bill Konigsberg

Meet Me in Mumbai by Sabina Khan

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson***

Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah 

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two orange kittens piled up inside a fruit tart cat bed; photo by Liberty Hardy

This week: I’m currently reading The God of Endings by Jacqueline Holland, Cat + Gamer Volume 2 by Wataru Nadatani, and Community Board by Tara Conklin. Outside of books, I’m back to watching Over the Garden Wall again (over and over and over) while I do data entry. And the song stuck in my head is this amazing cover of Cher’s “Believe” by Lucy Dacus. (She is the best. THE. BEST.) And because it was Ginger Cat Appreciation Day lately, here’s a throwback to my orange monsters when they were just wee monsters.

Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! I am wishing the best for all of you in whatever situation you find yourself in now. And yay, books! – XO, Liberty ❤️