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10 best books of September: the Monitor's picks

Of the many excellent books coming our way this fall, here are 10 September releases that the Monitor's book critics particularly enjoyed.

9. "The Gratitude Diaries," by Janice Kaplan

Janice Kaplan, former editor of "Parade" magazine, is a successful writer and journalist with a happy family, an apartment in an upscale NY neighborhood, and a country house in Connecticut. She must feel very grateful for all these blessings, right? Not so much, is the surprising answer Kaplan confronted one day, causing her to delve deep into the topic of gratitude, wondering why we so often forget to express it and why it matters. Kaplan brings real substance to her study and has written a book powerful enough to transform lives – her own included.

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