Fall Reading List
With fall, comes pumpkin-flavored everything, sweater season, the revival of riding boots, and cups of whatever warms us up- tea, lattes, or ciders, just to start. What Autumn also brings is curling up with a good book against a backdrop of cool, crisp weather and crunchy leaves. So without further ado, this fall’s most anticipated books:
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Sept)
Hillary’s memoir centered around her nomination in the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened.
Origin by Dan Brown (Oct)
Robert Langdon, of The DaVinci Code, attends a presentation by one of his first students at Harvard about a discovery that will “change the face of science forever.” When chaos erupts at the event, the secret is nearly lost. Langdon and the event’s museum director are on a dangerous journey to unlock the truth.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Oct)
Set during WWII era, become enveloped in the story of Anna Kerrigan, Brooklyn Navy Yard’s only female diver, her father Eddie Kerrigan, a union worker and man in the mob, and his boss, Dexter Styles. “Exhilarating though it was to immerse myself in an underworld of gangsters and sailors, the real imaginative leap in Manhattan Beach was into a time when the rules governing female behavior were still so rigid. The underground nature of female strength and sexuality allowed for a heroine-driven adventure story that would be hard to cast in contemporary America,” Jennifer Egan.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Sept)
Centered around the twists and turns of a Mississippi family, 13-year old Jojo navigates life with his younger sister, through his mother’s drug abuse, his father’s incarceration, and a harrowing journey through the South.
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy (Aug)
“Bruce Handy revisits the classics of American childhood, from fairy tales to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and explores the backstories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most insightful, creative, and witty authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces.” As if we needed another reason to reread our childhood favorites.
Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis (Nov)
From her early years in Arizona, to her first band, Buckingham Nicks, the extravagant and often tumultuous times in Fleetwood Mac, and her eventual solo career, Stevie’s life is chronicled to give us a captivating look into her story. “Davis’s candid, energetic book reveals the life of the woman who’s arguably one of rock’s greatest singer-songwriters.”
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Oct)
This prequel to Practical Magic tells the story of how the family curse of 1620 shaped previous generations of the Owens family. The story of the aunts, Franny and Jet, and their brother, Vincent, is set in New York City in the 1960’s when the siblings reveal family secrets and discover the truth about their history. I wonder if this is when they start the midnight margaritas!
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré (Sept)
Peter Guillam is living out retirement on the family farm on the coast of Brittany when a letter regarding his Cold War past and the British Secret Service drags him back to London. Former intelligence operations are dissected by a new generation, one with no experience or recollection of the Cold War. “Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison
“Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize–winning novelist, Toni Morrison, analyzes the language of race and racism and the classification of people into dehumanizing racial categories in American culture.” Morrison discusses the psychology of “othering” and uses examples from novels like Uncle Tom’s Cabin to show the disturbing romanticism of slavery in American literature.
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley (Aug)
Ex-East India Company smuggler, Merrick Tremayne, is sent on a dangerous mission to retrieve an essential ingredient in the treatment of malaria from the cursed woods of Peru. All previous expeditions failed and nobody has returned alive, but Merrick must defeat the local legend that has killed countless people and has blocked the path to treatment. Natasha Pulley masterfully weaves this intriguing story, while we all try to decipher fact from fairy tale.
Reread A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle before it hits theaters March 2018!
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