This Week’s Hottest Releases: September 17 — September 23

This Week’s Hottest Releases: September 17 — September 23

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs

Readers may remember author Janet Peery for her first novel, The River Beyond the World, which came out in 1996 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. More than two decades later, Peery is back. The story opens in a small town in Kansas, where the judge Abel Campbell is celebrating his birthday with his family. That family includes a wife, Hattie, and multiple children, including Billy, who is unable to stay alert throughout dinner due to his ongoing struggles with addiction. The Campbell clan wrestles with how to help Billy, as well as how to move forward themselves. If you love dysfunctional family drama, look no further.


History buffs, this is the book to pick up this week. In it, author Michael Korda tells the story of the beginning of World War II. Readers will instantly be transported back in time to May 1940, when Winston Churchill first became prime minister, and the story explains the events leading up to the Battle of Dunkirk. Korda makes this important historical moment personal and resonant to readers by telling the stories of everyday people—including his own—in these pages. In a starred review, Kirkus raved: “An excellent revisitation of a critically important set of battles that, once a byword for courage, have faded in memory.”

The Cuban Affair

Bestseller Nelson DeMille’s reputation precedes him, and his new novel delivers. Readers will meet Daniel Graham MacCormick (you can call him Mac), who is thoroughly enjoying his life in Florida. Around this time, a big time lawyer named Carlos approaches Mac about a job—he wants Mac to take his clients on a fishing trip in Cuba on Mac’s boat, The Maine. Mac isn’t so sure, until Carlos offers him millions of dollars for the job. Then, it sounds a little more interesting, and Mac soon finds himself drawn into a risky and high-stakes situation. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Null States

If you’ve been hankering for the newest installment in the Centenal Cycle by Malka Older (the last book, to refresh your memory, was Infomocracy) , then get excited. The series continues with Null States, which finds the world very much in turmoil. The global election has happened, and suddenly, it doesn’t seem like anyone can take peace for granted. Conflicts are springing up around the world, and it seems like there might be a broader threat gathering strength—a threat that could destabilize the infomocracy itself.

The Lost Letter

Readers who adore reading about couples given a second chance at love will want to kick off this week with Mimi Matthews’ debut novel. Sylvia Stafford is practical and resilient. When her father dies and leaves her penniless, she takes up work as a governess and leaves behind any hope of finding romance in her future. But fate has other plans and it puts her in the path of Colonel Sebastian Conrad. She fell in love with him when he was a cavalry officer, though after surviving a brutal rebellion, he isn’t he man she remembers.

One Dark Throne

Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series continues with this dark and gripping sequel. The Ascension Year has begun and the race for the crown is on. To earn the throne, the victorious queen must first kill her two sisters. Mirabella, once favored to win, doesn’t want to kill anyone—but she may have to if she wants to survive herself. Arsinoe uncovered the true power she possesses and now must figure out how to use it. Katharine emerged from her fall into the Breccia Domain a changed queen, and now she’s out for revenge. Readers who couldn’t put the first book down will find more to love in this twisted second installment. And fans who crave even more of this world will want to check out our interview with Blake

Rise of the Jumbies

Tracey Baptiste returns to her Jumbies series with this thrilling second installment. Children in Corinne LaMer’s Caribbean home town are going missing, and the blame is being placed on her. When her friend Laurent is taken, Corinne decides to act and seeks out Mama D’Leau, ruler of the sea. To save her friend, Corinne makes a deal with Mama D’Leau that sends her across the ocean to Ghana on the hunt for a mysterious and powerful object.

Her Right Foot

This week Dave Eggers is delivering a book sure to be beloved by adults and children alike. Illustrated by Shawn Harris, this picture book points out that the Statue of Liberty is not standing still, she is mid-stride with her right heel lifted. Where is she going? Out to meet the men, women, and children who have traveled across the sea in the hopes of making the United States their home. This lady is a woman on mission. As Eggers states, “Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get by standing around like some kind of statue. No! These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest.”


  1. I would recommend The mourning Parade by Dawn Langley ( for her info). It’s intense, but its a story that needs to be told. A mother mourning the loss of her sons, but her story is amazing.

  2. Heather — Thanks so much for recommending my novel, The Mourning Parade. I’d love to talk to book clubs about it! Have them get in touch with me on my website. Cheers, Dawn Reno Langley

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