Curling up with a page-turner on a cozy fall afternoon is hard to beat. Whether you are partial to crime fighters and mysteries, fantasy worlds, or stories that take you to another place and time, there are many great new books to read this fall. Here are some of the best fall books of 2017!
1. For realistic fiction lovers: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng, the author of Amazon editors pick for best book of 2014 Everything I Never Told You, has recently released her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere. This novel tells the story of the inner workings of a complicated family in a quiet Ohio town. Ng explores the racial tensions of modern-day America while taking readers through the intricate search for the arsonist that struck this tiny town.
2. For anyone looking for a great memoir: I’m The One Who Got Away By Andrea Jarrell
Andrea Jarrell’s memoir, I’m the One Who Got Away, shares the story of the bond she forms with her mother while on the run from an abusive father. Jarrell explores the intersections between her own childhood and how it is shaping her life as an adult, while searching for the balance between being strong and independent and opening her heart to love.
3. For poetry readers: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur’s unique ability to turn an elegant, thought-provoking phrase made her first collection of poems, Milk and Honey, a New York Times Bestseller. In her long-awaited second book, Kaur explores themes of healing and growing. Through the collection’s five sections, Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising, and Blooming, readers experience smooth prose about pushing forward even when times are tough, and rising up through darkness.
4. For those seeking a nonfiction page turner: The Origin of Others (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) by Toni Morrison
For readers searching for true tales of modern times, Toni Morrison’s newest book is a great choice. This nonfiction novel explores history, politics, and literature and how it pertains to the United States in the 21st century. The book is a raw examination of American history, racism, and how past events have shaped modern America.
5. For historical fiction lovers with foreign intrigue: The Revolution of Maria M. by Janet Finch
If you loved the characters and complexity of Janet Finch’s White Oleander, The Revolution of Maria M. should be at the top of your must-read list this Fall. Set in Russia in 1916, Maria Mantova leaves her life of privilege to take to the streets of St. Petersburg and march for workers rights. This story explores a one of a kind perspective of Russian history in this coming of age tale.
6. For fantasy fans: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Sarah Kipin
Celebrated fantasy author Sarah Kipin’s latest book is a carefully crafted collection of six short stories. From mermaids with the power to manipulate the weather, to rivers who can think, talk, and negotiate shady deals, these six stories are all unique, but take place in the same fantasy land, The Grishaverse. Readers will explore the inner workings of this faraway place and the dark and magical characters who call it home.
7. For sci-fi readers: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson
When aliens land on planet earth and offer advanced technologies and groundbreaking medicine, earthlings welcome them with open arms. As protagonist Adam and the people of earth soon find out that with Alien technology comes a highly controlling government and the end of free markets and economies. Now Adam and his friends have to fight an uphill battle to maintain some semblance of life as they know it. This unique take on alternate reality will be hard to put down.
8. For historical fiction readers who love strong female characters: Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan
Set in New York City during World War II, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan tells the story of the first female diver helping upkeep ships at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. Leading lady Anna steps up to the plate to provide for her family, overcoming the world of organized crime and a classist system rigged against her in the early 1940’s. A gripping complication of unique characters, complex plotline, and historical charm, this novel definitely makes the list of best fall books of 2017.
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