With a new season comes a new reading list. I don’t know about you, but I, as a book-a-holic, just can’t wait to read the new book releases this fall! There are a lot of lineups in store for us, my fellow book nerds, but these are just some of the new releases we should definitely have on our reading list this fall.
Get ready to clear some space on your bookshelf this fall, because these seven books are a must in your stock!
Nonfiction Books to Read this Fall
No Cure for Being Human: And Other Truths I Need to Hear
From the author of the bestselling book, Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved), comes a memoir, asking “how do you move forward with a life you didn’t choose?” Kate Bowler pours her honesty and rawness in her newest memoir, No Cure for Being Human: And Other Truths I Need to Hear, as she tells her story and journey of living with cancer. In her book, Kate searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of today’s “best life now” advice industry, which insists on exhausting positivity and trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness. We are, she finds, as fragile as the day we were born.
With dry wit and unflinching honesty, Kate grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition, and her faith as she tries to come to terms with her limitations in a culture that says anything is possible.
Full warning: Don’t read in public if you don’t want them to see you bawling your eyes out.
Smile: The Story of a Face
Sarah Ruhl’s story would make you question how important is our body image.
After surviving a high-risk pregnancy, Sarah finds half of her face paralyzed and was diagnosed with Bells palsy. While she was told 90 percent of patients recover within months, Sarah was part of the unlucky 10 percent.
In a series of piercing, witty, and lucid meditations, Sarah chronicles her journey as a patient, wife, mother, and artist. She explores the struggle of a body yearning to match its inner landscape, the pain of postpartum depression, the story of a marriage, being a playwright and working mom to three small children, and the desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness.
Brimming with insight, humility, and levity, Sarah’s memoir is an intimate examination of loss and reconciliation, and the importance of perseverance and hope in the face of adversity.
Machiavelli For Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace
Using Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince as a guide and with charm and wit, Stacey Vanek Smith — NPR host of The Indicator podcast and Planet Money correspondent — applies Renaissance politics to the 21st century, and demonstrates how women can take and maintain power in careers where they have long been cast as second-best. Based on the latest research, tips from successful women across many industries, and experiences from Stacey’s own life, Machiavelli for Women is a powerful, entertaining, and inspirational guide for a new generation of successful women.
The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times
Perhaps this is the book we all need in the most trying time of this century.
In an intimate and thought-provoking dialogue, Jane Goodall — world’s most famous living naturalist — and bestselling author Doug Abrams explore one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. In this inspirational book, Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit.
Told through stories from a remarkable career and fascinating research, The Book of Hope touches on vital questions, including “How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless?” and “How do we cultivate hope in our children?”
Fiction Books to Read this Fall
Beloved bestselling author Miriam Toews is back with a funny, smart, headlong rush of a novel full of wit, flawless writing, and a tribute to perseverance and love in an unusual family. Fight Night is set in Toronto and is told through nine-year-old Swiv’s perspective. The story revolves around three generations of independent women living together — Swiv, her pregnant mother, and her elderly, frail, yet extraordinarily lively grandmother.
As Swiv records her thoughts and observations throughout her mother’s third trimester, the book unspools the pain, love, laughter, and will to live a good life. But it is Swiv’s exasperating, wise and irrepressible Grandma who is at the heart of this novel; someone who knows intimately what it costs to survive in this world, yet has found a way to love and fight to the end, on her own terms.
Apples Never Fall
Liane Moriarty is a staple and a legend in the mystery and thriller genres. And I’m so glad she’s back with another thrilling novel! Apples Never Fall is a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us deepest.
The story revolves around the Delaney family, who is a fixture in their community but not without fault. Everything unfolds when a bleeding female stranger knocks on their door, asking for help. Later, the mother goes missing and the stranger is nowhere to be seen. When the husband is all who remains, and seems to have a lot to hide, the Delaney siblings — all adults — pick sides regarding his innocence and reexamine their family.
Wish You Were Here
If there’s any fiction book that would resonate with everyone during this pandemic, it would be Jodi Picoult’s new book, Wish You Were Here.
Diana O’Toole has her life planned to a T. On the eve of her and her boyfriend’s departure to the Galapagos, where she knows her surgical resident boyfriend would propose (just as she planned), a virus struck in the city. All hands are on deck at the hospital and he had to stay behind, while Diana reluctantly goes on their nonrefundable trip.
What was supposed to be a dream vacation goes awry, as our heroine gets stuck on the island under quarantine, with no wifi, no hotel, and no luggage. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana. She finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself; wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.
(Story by Assistant Editor Carmela Valencia)