Former Publisher’s Weekly Editor, Sybil Steinberg, Recommends the Best Books for Fall and Winter 2019!


Fellow Westporter, Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, treats Westport Library patrons to a wonderful book event a few times a year.  She recommends a long list of new books, fiction and nonfiction, and gives us a short summary of each and reasons why she loves each one.  Here is her current list!


American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Book Nation by Jen Review and More

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

My Review

Inland by Téa Obreht

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

The Sweetest Fruits by Monique Truong

Spring by Ali Smith

All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

Chances Are … by Richard Russo

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

Book Nation by Jen Review

Henry, Himself by Stewart O’Nan

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Book Nation by Jen Review

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

The Travelers by Regina Porter

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman

Say Say Say by Lila Savage

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman



The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Book Nation by Jen Review

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister by Jung Chang

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Our Man by George Packer

Barnum by Robert Wilson

A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

Book Nation by Jen Review

Motherland by Elissa Altman

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Book Nation by Jen Review

L. E. L. by Lucasta Miller

The Beneficiary by Janny Scott

Coventry by Rachel Cusk

On Sunset by Kathryn Harrison

Five Days Gone by Laura Cumming

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