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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: September 2015


Here we go again – time to turn my TBR (“to be read”) pile into an exciting, teetering skyscraper of a stack, as the book editors at Amazon once again release their list of the top 10 recommended books for the month. I’m most excited about the Chrissie Hynde autobiography (is anybody cooler than Chrissie Hynde?) and the new Jonathan Franzen, personally, but September is shaping up to be a hell of a month for new books if this list is any indication, especially for people who like to laugh – new Jenny Lawson and new Mindy Kaling in the same month?! Fabulous.

Here are the 10 books recommended by Amazon book editors for September, plus, of course, the debut spotlighted book.

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This month’s spotlighted book is You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine: A Novel by Alexandra Kleeman, called an intelligent and madly entertaining debut novel reminiscent of Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, among others. Here’s the scoop:

A woman known only by the letter A lives in an unnamed American city with her roommate, B, and boyfriend, C, who wants her to join him on a reality show called That’s My Partner! A eats (or doesn’t) the right things, watches endless amounts of television, often just for the commercials—particularly the recurring cartoon escapades of Kandy Kat, the mascot for an entirely chemical dessert—and models herself on a standard of beauty that only exists in such advertising. She fixates on the fifteen minutes of fame a news-celebrity named Michael has earned after buying up his local Wally Supermarket’s entire, and increasingly ample, supply of veal.

Meanwhile B is attempting to make herself a twin of A, who hungers for something to give meaning to her life, something aside from C’s pornography addiction, and becomes indoctrinated by a new religion spread throughout a web of corporate franchises, which moves her closer to the decoys that populate her television world, but no closer to her true nature.

 

And the rest of the September recommendations:

 

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde

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The Pentagon’s Brain by Annie Jacobsen

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The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

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Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

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Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

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Why Not Me? by Mind Kaling

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Purity: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen

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