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Autumn Is Here And So Are These 10 Great Reads

Hello, Queen City book lovers! Fall is upon us, and you know what that means: all the most anticipated titles of the year are hitting bookstore shelves now (and very soon). Here are the ones I am grabbing ASAP.

1. Mrs. Fletcher
(Novel/Literary Fiction)
Author: Tom Perotta
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2017

The latest from the bestselling author of the phenomenal Little Children and The Leftovers tackles the very contemporary topics of getting along as a divorcee in a post-Tinder world (the titular Mrs. Fletcher) and white male privilege on college campuses (her flailing son). Perotta is a master at cutting right to the bones of the issue with edgy wit.

2. Sing, Unburied, Sing
(Novel/Literary Fiction)
Author: Jesmyn Ward
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2017

This one is on every critic’s list this season, including the long list for the National Book Award. Ward is no stranger to such praise as her last novel, Salvage the Bones, won that same National Book Award in 2011. Her latest, and first since then, follows the saga of one contemporary American family on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. It’s sure to be the title everyone is talking about this fall.

3. The Ninth Hour
(Novel/Literary Fiction)
Author: Alice McDermott
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017

Alice McDermott is one of the greatest American writers working today. Her novel Charming Billy is still one of my all-time favorites. Her highly anticipated latest tells the story of a widow and her daughter in 20th-century Catholic Brooklyn. Everything her readers love about her is present here.

4. Manhattan Beach
(Novel/ Literary Fiction)
Author: Jennifer Egan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2017

Jennifer Egan is back! She is one of the most innovative writers working today. Her latest (already long-listed for the National Book Award) promises everything we loved about her blockbuster A Visit From the Goon Squad and more. From the publisher: “Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.”

5. The Rules of Magic
(Novel/ Historical Fiction)
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2017

Regular readers of this column know that I adore Alice Hoffman. Her latest is the one her fans have been waiting for for years—a prequel to the classic Practical Magic. This October, it’s finally here! Hoffman takes us back to 1620, where the saga of our beloved Owens family began, to 1960s New York City, where "The Aunts" came into their own. Will there be moonlight margaritas? Oh, how I hope so!

6. Here We Are Now
(Novel/Young Adult)
Author: Jasmine Warga
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2017

Yes, I am sneaking a YA novel in here for you, dear readers. Unusual, but this is an unusual book and one I cannot wait to read. First of all, its author is a Cincinnatian (hometown pride!), and second of all, its story is steeped heavily in music, and who doesn’t like that? From the publisher: “By the acclaimed author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, this is an intergenerational story of family and legacy and the way love informs both of those things. It’s about secrets and the debt of silence. It’s about the power of songs. And most of all, it’s about learning how to say hello. And good-bye.”

7. The Mountain
(Short Stories)
Author: Paul Yoon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2017

Critically acclaimed writer Paul Yoon gives us a new collection of short fiction that spans the globe and time. From the publisher: “Yoon realizes his worlds with quiet, insightful, and gorgeous prose. Though each story is distinct from the others, his restrained voice and perceptive observations about violence—to the body, the landscape, and ultimately, the human soul—weaves throughout this collection as a whole, making The Mountain a beautiful, memorable read.”

8. Uncommon Type: Some Stories
(Short Stories)
Author: Tom Hanks
Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2017

So America’s Dad can write, too? I already love him, and short fiction. This is the best early Christmas gift ever! His first collection of short stories contains seventeen (wow!) tales and is sure to be as witty, charming, and warm as we know him to be.

9. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
Author: David Sedaris
Publisher: Hachette, 2017

OK, OK, I completely dropped the ball by not including this one in my summer list. My apologies, dear readers. But better late than never. Sedaris is a comic genius (we know this, right?). His latest collection (the first of two volumes) tackles all that he has seen and heard over forty years. Full of the poignancy, wit, and sharp observation of all the bizarre and mundane things that make a life. Must read!

10. Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks
Author: Stephen Davis
Publisher: St. Martin’s, 2017

Stevie Nicks. Icon. Rocker. White witch? Maybe. Davis covers all the angles on a woman we think we know, but just may not. He has uncovered new details on this living legend. Sure to be as captivating a read as the subject herself.

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As we always say... It's not a book "club" without you! Tweet me (@Cincy_Bookworm). I'd love to hear what you think about these (and any other) fall reads.