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What We’re Reading – September 2015

We love recommending the latest and greatest books to you, but there are always books that slip past us for recommendations because they’re already out, or our space is just too limited. As such we’re thrilled to let you peek onto the nightstands of our editors to see what they are all reading and what prompted them to pick it up.

The Grind by Barry SvrlugaI’m reading The Grind by Barry Svrluga, which is about the endless 162-game baseball season told from the perspective of several people on the Washington Nationals: a veteran, a wife, a scout, a pitcher, a rookie, and a GM. It’s fascinating for fans of the game in general and fans of the Nationals in particular. I can’t get enough of it!—Gayle Weiswasser

Bess Crawford, the intrepid girl detective invented by mother-son writing A Pattern of Lies by Charles Toddteam Charles Todd, is a favorite heroine of mine. Her latest book, A Pattern of Lies is proving just as readable as the rest of the series. Bess, a nurse during World War I, is home on leave and runs into a former patient, Mark Ashton, in a spot of trouble. Two years before, his family’s gunpowder mill exploded, killing at least 100 men. Investigations showed no sign of sabotage, but grief and anger have turned the townspeople against the family, and the senior Ashton is arrested for murder. Bess must determine why the Ashton family is being targeted. Thus far, it’s a book I can’t put down, and I highly recommend it and the entire series.—Jenn Ravey

Fables by Bill WillinghamI just finished the last edition of Bill Willingham’s Fables. I found myself wishing that it had the same full, rich storyline as the other collections, but at the same time it was incredibly satisfying to wrap up everyone’s stories and not have any major threads left hanging. I think next up will have to be the Fairest spin-off so that I don’t have to come back and reside in the Mundy (non-Fable/non-magical) world full time.—Jen Karsbaek

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates / Coates presents a brutal analysis of the current state of race relations in America in the form of a letter to his young son. I found his words to be all at once inspiring and heartbreaking–he pulls from both America’s and his personal history to weave together an argument that not only are we not in the post-racial society we tell ourselves we are, but we are actually quite far from it. Given some of the events of the last year, Coates’ words should be taken as a letter to all Americans, not just his son.—Adam Pribila

The Doldrums by Nicholas GannonThe Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon / All it took was one look at the gorgeous artwork that illustrates this quirky, fun middle-grade novel and I was hooked. The story promises to be full of adventure and stars three unlikely friends. Archer, who has been overprotected; Adelaide who seems mysterious; and Oliver, who is along for the ride. I can’t wait to finish this imaginative and delightful book. —Candace B. Levy