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Book of the Month September 2020 Selection Time + Coupon!

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The September selections are available now for Book of the Month!

Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription box. Every month, they reveal 5 new-release hardcover books, and subscribers can pick which book they want, or skip any month. (You also can add up to two more books to your box for $9.99 each)

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Here are the September books:

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Margot Lee’s mother, Mina, isn’t returning her calls. It’s a mystery to twenty-six-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the tenuous invisible strings that held together her single mother’s life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.

Interwoven with Margot’s present-day search is Mina’s story of her first year in Los Angeles as she navigates the promises and perils of the American myth of reinvention. While she’s barely earning a living by stocking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing Mina ever expects is to fall in love. But that love story sets in motion a series of events that have consequences for years to come, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Gifty is a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.

But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith, and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a Ghanaian-American family ravaged by depression and addiction and grief—a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop.

They follow a lead to Denver and find that drug cartels are rapidly expanding and forming new and terrifying alliances. And back on the reservation, a new tribal council initiative raises uncomfortable questions about money and power. As Virgil starts to link the pieces together, he must face his own demons and reclaim his Native identity. He realizes that being a Native American in the twenty-first century comes at an incredible cost.

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.

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Comments (13)

  1. I have been waiting for a new Fredrik Backman novel. Us vs You was one of the best books I’ve ever read.

  2. Two are book club picks – Minna Lee (Reese) and Caste (Oprah) – I want all the books!

  3. Super disappointed in this month’s selections. I haven’t skipped a month in over a year, and I normally end up getting 3 books each month. None of these selections looked good to me…I really wanted a couple of the add-ons (the new Ruth Ware and Piranesi), but will probably just wait until next month. Hoping October’s selections bring some good, creepy thrillers!

  4. I chose Winter Counts and as add-ons I chose Betty and True Story. I have another account and since you all have spoken so highly about Homecoming and Transcendent Kingdom, I am going to grab them as well!

  5. I had a REALLY hard time picking this month. I ended up going with Caste, and then adding on The Space Between Worlds from last month because multiple people have raved about it to me. I would have added Anxious People, too, but I already have a hold on it at the library! And I preordered Piranesi from my local indie yonks ago.

    A great month for books!

    • Agreed! I picked Transcendent Kingdom and added on Caste!

  6. My birthday month too! I’m getting Winter Counts and also added on Piranesi as my free book.

  7. Really disappointed in the options this month. I was hoping for something that would get me in an autumn mood!

  8. I want to read them all. I picked Anxious People but I might Add on!

  9. It’s my first BFF Birthday month for 2 accounts! I chose Anxious People and used my BFF add on for Piranesi and Winter Count with BFF add on One by One (Ruth Ware yay!) for my other account. I’m loving their Add On selections lately!

  10. Two of them – “Transcendent Kingdom” and “Caste” – are already getting stellar reviews. I loved “Homegoing” so “Transcendent Kingdom” is a no-brainer for me. BOMC now has a “New This Month” category (under All Books) that includes a few books NOT offered for the monthly selection, and I see they have the brand new “Piranesi,” also getting rave reviews, by the author of “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell,” , so I’m all set with my main pick and add-on. (I would like to read Caste but will get it from the library.)

    • Thank you for drawing it to my attention that Transcendent Kingdom and Homegoing are by the same author! What a great book Homegoing was!!

    • Homegoing was amazing! I can’t wait to read Transcendent Kingdom.

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