Books for Fall
I do love a hot steamy August day, but as I regretfully look in my rear view mirror at Summer of 2020, I am hopeful there are better days ahead. Fall and Winter Holidays, Election Day, and the ongoing development of a Covid-19 vaccine give me reasons to feel optimistic while I face the future. No matter how busy things are, I always carve out some time to read everyday, and this September there are so many wonderful books to check out! Here is my list.
Group by Christie Tate is a humorous memoir about a woman in therapy. It always can be helpful to see how others work out their problems and I enjoyed the author’s voice.
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis is historical fiction about thefts that take place at the New York Public Library. I have enjoyed all books by Fiona Davis (The Dollhouse, The Masterpiece, The Address, The Chelsea Girls) and I have heard great things about this one too!
The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim is a fictional story about a Korean immigrant mother and daughter. I love a debut and this is the author’s first book. It is also Reese Witherspoon’s latest pick as well as a Book of the Month!
The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult is a fictional story about choices. The NY Times bestselling author (Small Great Things) follows the main character down two life paths side by side and if you are a Jodi Picoult fan, this one is for you.
The Unanswered Letter by Faris Cassell is an incredible true story, based on research, about one family and their attempt to escape Vienna and the Nazis during the Holocaust. The bravery of the Jews and their day to day challenges that span many years is heartbreaking and so important to know about so it will never happen again.
Eli’s Promise by Ronald Balson , is about war, survival and family. I loved many of his other historical fiction novels (including Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie, Karolina’s Twins) and this one should be great as well.
Well-Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave is a mother daughter story about three generations of women. I am reading this now and loving it!
Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine is a collection of essays and poems that encourage discussion surrounding white privilege. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (about race) published in 2014, was required reading for my son as a freshman at Wash. U. St. Louis in 2015 and Just Us may be just as important.
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante is the latest from the much loved My Brilliant Friend author. This coming of age story is set to be on NETFLIX sometime soon.
Monogamy by Sue Miller is a fictional story about marriage and love. This is sure to be a page turner, much like The Good Mother, published over 30 years ago.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is a new fiction novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama by the author of the best seller, Homegoing. Jenna Bush Hager chose this one for her September book club pick.
What Are Your Going Through by Sigrid Nunez is about human connection. I loved The Friend, by Sigrid Nunez and cannot wait to read this one. When it comes to authors, Nunez is the real deal. She is a serious writer and a true thinker.
A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is about a young Ugandan girl, history, tradition and family. Publishers Weekly says “This beautifully rendered saga is a riveting deconstruction of women’s abilities and roles.”
Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie is a fictional coming of age novel about a woman’s quest for acceptance in post World War ll Japan. This is the author’s first book and the NY Times gave it a thumbs up.
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline is the sequel to Ready Player One. Enjoyable science fiction for all ages! Available in November.
The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follet is the prequel to the 30 year old bestseller, The Pillars of the Earth. Historical fiction with suspense from a master.
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter is about adventure seeking brothers. I loved Beautiful Ruins and look forward to reading this one.
Just Like You by Nick Hornby is an entertaining love story. I enjoy Hornby’s writing and this one looks enjoyable.
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Thanks so much and enjoy 18 books for the last 18 weeks of 2020!