Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Crossroads,’ the Diaries of Patricia Highsmith, Joy Harjo’s Memoir ‘Poet Warrior,’ and 55 Other Exceptional Titles | Starred Reviews, September 2021

Essential titles reviewed in our September 2021 print issue, spanning mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, arts and humanities, social sciences, reference, audiobooks, and more.

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Butler, Marcia. Oslo, Maine. Highbridge Audio.
Ellis, Helen. Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light. Books on Tape.
Williams, Tia. Seven Days in June. Hachette Audio.


Eldridge, Tori. The Ninja Betrayed. Agora: Polis.
McIlvanney, William & Ian Rankin. The Dark Remains. World Noir.
Mizushima, Margaret. Striking Range. Crooked Lane.


Hackwith, A. J. The God of Lost Words. Ace: Berkley.
Marske, Freya. A Marvellous Light.


Dunmore, Evie. Portrait of a Scotsman. Berkley.
Williams, Denise. The Fastest Way To Fall. Berkley.


Alameddine, Rabih. The Wrong End of the Telescope. Grove.
Franzen, Jonathan. Crossroads. Farrar.
Harding, Lisa. Bright Burning Things. HarperVia.
Huisman, Violaine. The Book of Mother. Scribner.
Jestin, Victor. Heatwave. Scribner.
King, Lily. Five Tuesdays in Winter. Grove.
Loudin Thomas, Sarah. The Finder of Forgotten Things. Bethany House.
Mabkhout, Shukri. The Italian. Europa.
Pellegrino, Amanda. Smile and Look Pretty. Park Row: Harlequin.
Powers, Richard. Bewilderment. Norton.
Powner, Katie. A Flicker of Light. Bethany House.
Rooney, Sally. Beautiful World, Where Are You. Farrar.


Harrison, Jim. Jim Harrison: Complete Poems. Copper Canyon.
Herbert, W. J. Dear Specimen: Poems. Beacon.
Miller, Kei. Things I Have Withheld. Grove.
Mohabir, Rajiv. Cutlish. Four Way.
Questlove. Music Is History. Abrams.
Starr, Larry. Listening to Bob Dylan. Univ. of Illinois.


Boykin, Keith. Race Against Time. Bold Type.
Busby, Jill Louise. Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity. Bloomsbury.
Fagan, Brian & Nadia Durrani. Climate Chaos: Lessons on Survival from Our Ancestors. PublicAffairs.
Guelzo, Allen C. Robert E. Lee: A Life. Knopf.
Harjo, Joy. Poet Warrior. Norton.
Larson, Kate Clifford. Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer. Oxford Univ.
Peterson, Jillian & James Densley. The Violence Project: How To Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic. Abrams.
Tuerkheimer, Deborah. Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers. Harper Wave.






Goode, Keisha L. & Barbara Katz Rothman. Pregnancy and Birth. ABC-CLIO.
Leahy, Christopher W. Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore. Princeton Univ.
Malecha, Gary Lee & Daniel J. Reagan. The Congress. Greenwood.
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