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5 Books to Read in September
By Jonathan Franzen
Described as Franzen’s most “edgy” work yet, this novel follows young Pip Tyler from an anarchists’ squatter community in Oakland to a stint with a WikiLeaks-like news organization in South America run by East Germans.
By Paul Theroux
This acclaimed travel writer turns his keen eye on the American South, from its music and cuisine to its failing schools, poor housing, and low employment rates. A meditation on poverty, history and the South’s immense natural beauty.
Fates and Furies
By Lauren Groff
A man and woman move to a village where the woman teaches him simple functions—how to use a fork or how to meet another human being. When they finally venture out, the man meets a charismatic woman and begins to question all that he’s learned.
Mysteries of the Mall
By Witold Rybczynski
This new essay collection examines the wider metropolis and the contributions of famous and unsung architects. Rybczynski writes about shopping malls, the Cineplex, Central Park, the Paris opera house, and more.
By Stephanie Clifford
Imagine Edith Wharton’s critique of class played out in the social media sphere of today. Evelyn Beegan takes a job at a social networking site aimed at her elite peers, and she must navigate a world of Southampton weekends and socialites.