This past August, I was strangely immersed in spy-related pop culture. I interviewed a former spy about her sex life for The Spy Who Dumped Me, I binge-watched season 1 of the The Americans, and I read Kate Atkinson's Transcription, a novel about spies working in M15, Britain's secret service agency, during WWII. Atkinson's characters are always walking around gloomy London in disguises, passing along newspapers with cryptic messages. The book, too, has hidden corners — you're forever doubting whether what you're reading is the truth, or preparation for a twist. Taken together, the three spy-related works had me constantly looking over my shoulder.
Transcription is one of many amazing books coming out this month. September features spy novels, reinterpretations of Greek myths, retellings of the history of Liberia, and deep dives into the history of the Myers-Briggs exam — among other fantastic picks.
Here are the books that you should put on your towering "to read" pile.