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Best Books of the Month: Editors' Picks for September

What do the Ozarks, Somalia, Haiti, Iceland and the Olympic Peninsula have in common? They're all featured locales in our editors' picks for the Best Books of September.

As with most great stories, these books all launch with finely crafted opening lines. Like the first notes of a song, the first words of a book play a vital role--they can hook you, or not.

Here are the catchy, hooky opening notes of our Best Books of the Month:

Lowland The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

"East of the Tolly Club, after Deshapran Sashmal Road splits in two, there is a small mosque."
The Maid's Version The Maid's Version, by Daniel Woodrell

"She frightened me at dawn every summer I stayed with her."
A House in the Sky A House in the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

"We named the houses they put us in."
Help for the Haunted Help for the Haunted, by John Searles

"Whenever the phone rang at night, I lay in my narrow bed and listened."
The Mushroom Hunters The Mushroom Hunters, by Langdon Cook

"The forager stops me abruptly with his hand. Wait."
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, by Bob Shacochis

"During the final days of the occupation, there was an American woman in Haiti, a photojournalist -- blond, young, infuriating - and she became Tom Harrington's obsession."
Salinger Salinger, by Shane Salerno and David Shields

"J.D. Salinger spent ten years writing The Catcher in the Rye and the rest of his life regretting it."
Doctor Sleep Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King

"On the second day of December in a year when a Georgia peanut farmer was doing business in the White House, one of Colorado's great resort hotels burned to the ground."
MaddAddam MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood

"In the beginning, you lived inside the Egg. That is where Crake made you."
Alex Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre

"Alex is in seventh heaven."

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