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Featured Books for September 2021

Updated: Sep 3, 2021

Two copies of the book cover of Darcie Little Badger's Elatsoe

September Books

On September 29, we'll release our Book Club episode focusing on Darcie Little Badger's Elatsoe (Amazon |, but before that releases, we'll have two IG chats on September 13 and 27 (this is also our September Buddy Read pick!). Stay tuned @unabridgedpod for announcements and updates.

Here is the synopsis from the publisher:

"A Texas teen comes face-to-face with a cousin's ghost and vows to unmask the murderer.

"Elatsoe—Ellie for short—lives in an alternate contemporary America shaped by the ancestral magics and knowledge of its Indigenous and immigrant groups. She can raise the spirits of dead animals—most importantly, her ghost dog Kirby. When her beloved cousin dies, all signs point to a car crash, but his ghost tells her otherwise: He was murdered.

"Who killed him and how did he die? With the help of her family, her best friend Jay, and the memory great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother, Elatsoe, must track down the killer and unravel the mystery of this creepy town and its dark past. But will the nefarious townsfolk and a mysterious Doctor stop her before she gets started?

"A breathtaking debut novel featuring an asexual, Apache teen protagonist, Elatsoe combines mystery, horror, noir, ancestral knowledge, haunting illustrations, fantasy elements, and is one of the most-talked about debuts of the year."

Book cover of Aiden Thomas's Cemetery Boys (the image appears twice)

October Books

In October, our Book Club pick AND Buddy Read pick is Aiden Thomas's phenomenal YA book Cemetery Boys (Amazon |—we'll have two IG book chats in the middle of the month, and then the episode will release on October 27. Stay tuned @unabridgedpod for announcements and updates.

Here is the synopsis from the publisher:

Cemetery Boys

"A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys.

"Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.

"When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

"However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave."

Book covers of Balli Kaur Jaswal's Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera's What If It's Us

August Books

If you missed our August picks, be sure to check out episode 192, in which we discuss Balli Kaur Jaswal's Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (Amazon | We had some amazing chats about the Buddy Read book, Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera's YA novel What If It's Us (Amazon |, as well!

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