Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in September. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out the booklist New September '19 Books You'll Want to Read and our new titles page.
Stephen King's The Institute is a gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don't always win.
On a quiet suburban street in Minneapolis, intruders murder young Luke Ellis' parents in the middle of the night - and load him into a black SUV. He wakes up at the Institute in a room just like his own - except there's no window. Outside his door are other children just like Luke with special talents - telekinesis and telepathy to be exact - and who got to this place the same way he did. They are all in the Front Half. Others have graduated to the Back Half - which is "...like a roach motel," one of the others explain to Luke. "You check in, but you don't check out." The director of the Institute, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are dedicated to forcing the children to use their gifts. If you go along with them, you get tokens for vending machines. If you don't - you end up in the horrific Back Half. Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out, but no one has ever escaped from the Institute...
The Dutch House, by Anne Patchett, is a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings.
Toward the end of World War II, real estate mogul Cyril Conroy propels his family from poverty to enormous wealth. He buys the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs of Philadelphia. But the house sets in motion the undoing of everything he loves. The story is told by Danny and Maeve, Cyril's son and daughter, who are exiled from the house by their stepmother. The siblings are thrown into the poverty their father had picked them out of, and now, all that they have is one another. Set over a course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two people who cannot overcome their past. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.
The storm of the century is about to hit Little Bridge Island, Florida - and it’s sending waves crashing through Sabrina “Bree” Beckham’s love life in Meg Cabot's No Judgments.
A massive hurricane severs all power and cell service on Little Bridge Island, but Bree Beckham isn't worried - at first. But animal-loving Bree does become alarmed when she realizes how many islanders have been cut off from their pets. Now it's up to her to save as many cats and dogs as she can, but to do so she'll need help - help from her boss' sexy nephew Drew Hartwell, the Mermaid Café’s most notorious heartbreaker. Just as the storm clears up - and her turbulent ex rolls in - she has to ask herself if this island fling was only a result of the weather, or if it could last under clear skies, too.
This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger, is a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.
MINNESOTA, 1932. The Lincoln School is a brutal place where hundreds of Native American children, separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. Odie O'Banion, a lively orphan falls under the school superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their friend Mose, and a brokenhearted girl named Emmy take leave in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi River and a place to call their own. Over the course of the summer, the orphans will journey into the unknown and will cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers to traveling faith healers to lost souls of all kinds traveling the Depression-era midwest.
Red at the Bone, by National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, is an extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family.
The book opens in 2001, the evening of 16-year-old Melody's coming-of-age ceremony at her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Making her entrance to a Prince soundtrack, she wears a special custom-made dress - a dress that was made sixteen years earlier for Melody's mother's own celebration - a celebration that never took place. Unraveling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents, the story tells of how they all arrived at Melody's moment in 2001 - their ambitions and successes and the tolls they've paid to overcome the pull of history. Red at the Bone looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives - even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.