Maybe you're feeling sad that summer has come to an end. Hey, I get it. It's difficult to say goodbye. But also, feeling sad is a good excuse to stay inside and read one (or all) of the following five books. Are they going to cheer you up and make you smile again? Possibly not? They're not exactly laugh-fests, any of them. But they are all among the best books I've read this year, and so you should read them too.
Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith (available September 5)
"Some of us are killed/ in pieces/ some of us all at once." Every line in Danez Smith's powerful new poetry collection settles into your skin this way, sticking and rooting itself, so that it's soon a part of you. Smith's work is astonishing, its power is a seething one; he demands attention. And Smith grapples here with attention-worthy topics, addressing everything from the plague of police brutality on the black community to what it is to contemplate love and death after an HIV diagnosis, making this slim book an essential part of every American's reading experience.