September preview: 4 books you need to read this month
Each month at q, we take a look at the new books we're most excited about. Scroll down to read more about September's must-reads.
The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison (Sept. 18)
The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Morrison, known for her novels Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, turns to non-fiction for her latest outing, basing the book on the Norton lectures she delivered at Harvard University last year. Featuring an introduction by acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Morrison gives insight into the creative process of some of her most acclaimed work and critically analyzes and recontextualizes the work of canonical authors through her lens. — Del Cowie
Lightfoot by Nicholas Jennings (Sept. 26)
Get to know the man behind the iconic songs in this official Gordon Lightfoot biography. The Canadian musician opens up to author Nicholas Jennings about his childhood, navigating the music industry in the '60s and even the stories behind some of his best-known songs like "Beautiful" and "Song for a Winter's Night." This book is a must-read for fans curious to learn more about Lightfoot, but also an important piece of Canada's music history and will serve as a great gateway for newcomers to Lightfoot's legacy. — Melody Lau
Things Not to Do by Jessica Westhead (Sept. 18)
Things Not To Do is the follow-up to Toronto writer Westhead's critically acclaimed 2011 short story collection And Also Sharks. Westhead's humorous and thought-provoking writing delves into the minutaie of everyday life, deriving life lessons from unlikely, yet ordinary characters such as veteran wedding DJs and the parent of a teen pop singer, tapping directly into our insecurities, flaws and vulnerabilities. — DC
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-Belkin (Sept. 19)
Gucci Mane is, arguably, one of the most influential rappers of his generation. The 37-year-old Atlantan, born Radric Davis, helped pioneer the trap subgenre of rap, and has either heavily influenced or directly helped launch the careers of many of today's biggest rappers: Future, Rae Sremmurd, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka Flame, Young Thug, Migos, Fetty Wap, Kodak Black, Chief Keef, even Drake (with whom he's currently working on a collaborative album).
As a result, Gucci has been referred to as one of the greatest unofficial A&R men in rap, but he's also known for his insanely prolific output. Since 2005, he's released 10 studio albums, two collaborative albums and 72 mixtapes. That includes the three years he was incarcerated, a time in which he released an astounding 38 mixtapes. During that time, Davis lost 50 pounds, moved past his signature marble-mouth delivery and, in his own words, "radically transformed," coming out a happier person. If that wasn't enough, he also started work on a 288-page autobiography, co-written with Neil Martinez-Belkin. It begins with his roots in Alabama through to his time as a drug dealer in Atlanta and on to becoming the hardest working rapper in the game. Even if you're not a fan of Gucci's music, there is no denying his dedication, work ethic and singular path to success, which alone is enough to make for an interesting read. — Jesse Kinos-Goodin