As we leave summer behind (but not the heat, of course), we're ready for all things Fall. September brings a large list of new book releases including thrillers, hilarious memoirs, and long-awaited sequels. We've narrowed it down to 5 must-reads to pick up the next time you're browsing a bookstore. Happy reading!

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After the Flood by Kassandra Montag (September 3)

Fast forward 100 years into the future in this new, riveting release. Floodwaters have risen and obliterated the nation's coastal cities and heartland, leaving only mountaintop colonies surrounded by water. The book follows Myra and her young daughter Pearl as they attempt to find Row, the firstborn who went missing many years ago. With twists and turns throughout (not just caused by the waves!), it will be impossible to put this one down.

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (September 10)

It's been over 30 years since The Handmaid's Tale was published, but thanks to Hulu, we've seen the story expand in the last few years. Margaret Atwood is finally releasing a sequel that will pick up more than 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown. Apologies for the vagueness, but the details of the book have been kept tight under wraps. We'll all find out what happens on September 10!

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The Nobodies by Liza Palmer (September 10)

Joan Dixon, a journalist who is closer to 40 than 30 and has been laid off again from a shuttered publication, decides to go the startup route. She starts afresh as a junior copywriter at Bloom, where all of her bosses are younger than her. With a steady paycheck and a new relationship, all seems well, until Joan begins to poke beneath Bloom's surface (she can't shake her journalist roots!) and finds the biggest scoop of her life. We can't wait to dive into this book!

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Obviously: Stories from My Timeline by Akilah Hughes (September 24)

If you're craving a coming of age read, Akilah Hughes's memoir is the one for you! Here, she offers a collection of essays, both intimate and hilarious, about her childhood (she was a spelling bee champion and graduated high school at 15) to making it big in New York on a budget. 

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (September 24)

This novel is set over the course of 5 decades and follows siblings Danny and Maeve as they navigate life after losing their wealth and exiled from their childhood home (all due to their stepmother). The two become successful, but still cannot overcome their past and are eventually forced to confront the people who left them behind. Ann Patchett does it again with a splendid story.