One of the things we get asked about most at Her View From Home is book recommendations, so we are launching a new monthly series to share our favorite reads each and every month.

Be prepared, as our selections run the gamut of faith, history, business, and good old-fashioned romantic beach reads! 

Here are 5 books our writing team is recommending in September.

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1. The Only Plane in the Sky

In this captivating book, award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff tells the story of the day as it was lived—in the words of those who lived it. Drawing on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly 500 government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members, Graff paints the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet.

We recommend downloading the audiobook version so you can hear the stories in some of the original voices and listen to real audio transmissions and recordings from that day—it’s like a gripping long-form podcast.

 

2. Educated: A Memoir

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl kept out of school who eventually leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

Educated: A Memoir by [Westover, Tara]

3. When Breath Becomes Air

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

 

4. I Was Anastasia: A Novel

The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans 50 years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.

I Was Anastasia: A Novel by [Lawhon, Ariel]

 

5. Where the Crawdads Sing

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life—until the unthinkable happens.

Where the Crawdads Sing by [Owens, Delia]

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