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Three Books To Pick Up This Month

September is the most anticipated month in publishing. The biggest authors and most buzzed-about titles often arrive with fall, and the plethora of reading can be overwhelming. 

If you need help narrowing down the newest releases, allow me to recommend one novel, one cookbook, and one memoir to grace your nightstand.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo: I eagerly swallowed this completely original debut novel in one gulp. Legendary New York Times book critic Michio Kakutani even chose to end her tenure with a glowing review of Stay With Me. Adebayo studied writing with both Margaret Atwood and fellow Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, but her narrative voice is thoroughly her own. 

A portrait of domestic life in Nigerian society, Stay With Me belongs to Yejide, who loves her husband Akin and despite pressure from family and society, cannot seem to conceive. The story opens with a second wife being brought into the family to produce an heir. Yejide will do anything to get pregnant, including climbing a mountain to nurse a goat (you’ll have to read the book to understand such craziness). Yejide’s self-worth, and her sanity, are nearly ripped apart over decades of heartache ... continued