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September 2023

Hello and welcome to the September 23rd issue of Wittecisms! 

I'm thrilled you're here, and I want to extend a warm welcome as we dive headfirst into the wonderful season of fall. Grab your cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes because autumn is officially upon us!

A Season of Stories

In this edition of my newsletter, I invite you to explore the written word as a companion to your autumn days. This selection of books is handpicked and whether you seek heartwarming tales of love and resilience or journeys through history and distant lands, these Fall reads will provide a literary sanctuary just for you.


Book Club Reads For Fall:



The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, Robert Dugoni (Author)     

Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s coming-of-age story is,   “a novel that, if it doesn’t cross entirely over into John Irving territory, certainly nestles in close to the border.”

Winner of Suspense Magazine’s Crimson Scribe Award.

The story of a boy who looks at the world in a different way and eventually learns how to see.             Recommend 



Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in WWII, (Also Adapted for Young Readers), Daniel James Brown (Author)

By the author of one of my all-time favorites, The Boys In The Boat, this latest retelling of important historical events is definitely deserves a place on everyone’s bookshelf. Recommend 


New Releases Worth A Look:

Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America, September 12, 2023   

Pekka Hämäläinen  (Author) Best History

The River We Remember: A Novel, William Kent Krueger (Author) #1 New Release in Historical Literary Fiction September 5, 2023

Coming In November

Meet author Penny Walker Veraar who will discuss her debut novel, Owl In The Oak Tree

"She's the witness to a drive-by shooting but what happens when her duty to justice threatens the most important thing in her world - her family?"


"Penny Walker Veraar's novel aims to shed light on how specific societal ills (namely, drugs and violence) impact families. Throughout her tale, readers see how these problems bleed into families until many members of a community are connected through trauma. The author deftly shows how such issues are compounded by the stressors of everyday life . . . engrossing and accessible. An engaging and timely family tale."—Kirkus Reviews


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