The kids are heading back to school—which means it’s the perfect time to build your list of must-read books with which to snuggle under a blanket during the cool days of fall. Whichever genre you prefer, you’re sure to find a winner among these buzzed-about reads of the season.
Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna
If you’re already missing Big Little Lies, you’ll love this fall release from Gina LaManna. When Lulu, Ginger, Emily and Kate all attend a friend’s wedding, they anticipate that it will be a fun weekend away from their everyday lives. But then something goes awry and suddenly a man is dead. Even more confusing is that all four women have confessed to the killing. Who really murdered the wedding guest and why are these women spinning a tale about what really happened?
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates returns this season with an impactful book that will stay with you long after the final page. Born into slavery, Hiram Walker doesn’t remember much of his life before his mother was sold, but knows that he has powers that can ultimately change his life. Using his abilities to break free of his chains in Virginia, he travels north to gain his freedom, all while keeping in mind his plan to return to the plantations that abused him and save his family.
Life on Loan by Ashley Farley
Olivia Westcoat and Lena Browder haven’t seen one another since college 30 years ago. Unexpectedly, the two run into one another while at the airport and after catching up, agree that they could both use a break from their own lives. With this in mind, Olivia and Lena trade homes for a month in the name of rediscovering themselves and their dreams. Bestselling author Ashley Farley’s latest novel is the perfect pick for your fall book club as it depicts the lives of relatable women trying to figure out what they want most out of life.
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
When 15-year-old Ana Cancion is proposed to by Juan Ruiz, she has no choice but to say yes as it means a new start for her family in the United States. Getting married and moving to New York City from the Dominican Republic in 1965, she quickly finds that her new life is lonely and miserable. But everything changes when her husband goes back to their home country to handle family troubles and she’s left in the care of Juan’s brother, Cesar. Together, Cesar and Ana find a new life together, leaving Ana to make a tough decision once her husband returns.
Raven Lane by Amber Cowie
One tight-knit community is forever changed in Amber Cowie’s new novel, Raven Lane. Esme and Benedict lead successful lives but when their neighbor is killed in an accident and suspicions and false memories begin to arise, Benedict finds himself in jail for the death. Now on high alert, Esme knows she has to protect her family from the prying eyes and gossip within their community. With fears of her own past and secrets coming to the surface, it’ll be up to Esme to protect herself and those she loves from any further prosecution.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The bestselling author of hits like Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium returns this season with a novel about friendship, love and loss. When Alice Wright marries Bennett Van Cleve, she believes she’ll finally be able to get away from her troubled life in England. But life in Kentucky isn’t much easier and she soon finds herself signing up to be a part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library as it promises to give her a new sense of purpose. Determined to bring books to those who have never had access before, this group of five brave women will face anything if it means bettering their world.
The Wonder of Now by Jamie Beck
Jamie Beck’s latest novel, The Wonder of Now, is the perfect blend of romance, female strength and new beginnings. Peyton Prescott wants to be excited about the release of her memoir, but it reminds her of her battle with breast cancer and she’s not thrilled to relive that treacherous time in her life. Headed to Europe for her book tour, she and her publicist have different goals in mind—Peyton wants a chance to enjoy the scenery while her publicist Mitch is trying to make this book launch the biggest his firm has ever seen. Can these two meet in the middle? And what happens when the chemistry between them becomes too much to ignore?
The Nine by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
Hannah Webber was afraid she’d never be able to have children so when she gets pregnant, she devotes her entire life to raising the child. Now 14, her son Sam has been accepted into one of the best boarding schools in New England, much to the delight of his mother. With the freedom to do as he pleases, Sam thrives in this new setting. But everything changes when he comes across evidence of sexual misconduct at the school and he makes a decision that will impact him, the institution and, most importantly, his mother. This coming-of-age novel is full of twists and turns you won’t see coming.
The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories by Rion Amilcar Scott
This highly anticipated new release from Rion Amilcar Scott tackles issues of discrimination, acceptance and sacrifice. The World Doesn’t Require You tells four different stories, set in different time periods, about diverse characters who all live in a fictional area in Maryland that was founded by slave rebels. From stories about a struggling musician to a relentless Ph.D. candidate, a robot eager to please his master and two professors who have different views of the world, this collection blends magical realism and lyrical prose for a truly unique reading experience.
Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law by Jeffrey Rosen
Over the course of nearly three decades, Jeffrey Rosen, the head of the National Constitution Center, got to know the legendary Ruth Bader Ginsburg through a series of interviews and conversations. Now, Rosen is ready to let the world in on her best advice and the insight she has accumulated throughout her life and career. Conversations with RBG gives readers a new look into the life of a national hero and inspires women to follow their dreams no matter the obstacles.
Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith
Acclaimed author Zadie Smith debuts her first short story collection this fall with Grand Union. A mix of some of her best work from The New Yorker along with 11 new stories, this vibrant book crosses multiple genres and focuses heavily on identity and rebirth. From stories that take you back in time to narratives set in dystopian societies, Smith brings readers a new and unique voice to fiction this season.
Find Me by André Aciman
The highly-anticipated follow up to Call Me By Your Name arrives this fall to the delight of readers everywhere. Find Me continues the story of Elio and Oliver 20 years after the first book’s conclusion. Elio’s father Samuel is on his way to visit his son in Rome when he meets a woman on the train who will change his life indefinitely. Soon after, Elio moves to Paris where he too gets caught up in a new love affair while his past lover Oliver considers returning to Europe and revisiting his old life.