Top 10 | New Releases for Fall 2016

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New releases coming this fall are beyond measure.

The coziness of fall makes it the perfect season for diving into a new book. I’m always looking for an amazing world to get lost in, and fall is no exception. Now that September is here, that means fall is officially in full swing, bringing with it so many fantastic new releases!

I’ve handpicked just a few that are making it on to the top of my TBR pile.

Moonglow: A Novel, by Michael Chabon

I have yet to read any of Chabon’s novels, despite ongoing critical acclaim. This one, which will be released November 22, is quasi-autobiographical – based on Chabon’s visit to his terminally ill grandfather. Moonglow follows the deathbed confession of the narrator’s grandfather, revealing stories from of war and adventure, marriage and love, existential doubt, adpirations, and more. It’s a peak within Chabon’s life, a bit of speculative autobiography that’s sure to be an incredible read.

Tales of the Peculiar, by Ransom Riggs

I was a huge fan of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (and sequels), and am super excited to get my hands on Tales of the Peculiar, which was released on September 3. This is designed to be a companion piece to the original series, offering a collection of fairy tales which offer a hidden (and cryptic) look inside the rules that cover the world of Miss Peregrine. With stories about wealthy cannibals and fork-tounged princesses, I think these stories might be more reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm than our modern retellings of fairy tales. Beautifully illustrated and formatted, this is one for picking up in a physical copy.

Buffering: Unshared TAles of a Life Fully Loaded, by Hannah Hart

I’ve been watching Hannah Hart’s web series, My Drunk Kitchen, since the first episode went unexpectedly viral. Hart’s memior collects narrative essays to provide a bit more insight into the person behind the camera, piecing together segements of her own journals. I have this weird thing about watching celebrities who are very nearly my own age grow and evolve over time. It’ll be a fun read to pick up when it’s released October 18.

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

Anna properly shamed me earlier this year when we walked by a “free books” box containing several of Ann Patchett’s works. I snagged a few right then, but I’m really looking forward to picking up Commonwealth after it’s release September 13. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter (and kiss and subsequent dissolution of two marriages) reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. I’m particularly excited, given that much of the novel is set in my brand-new homeland of Virginia. I’m predicting that this is the kind of novel I can pick up, and promptly put down with a new favorite author.

Kids of Appetite, by DAvid Arnold

When I decide to pick up a young adult book, it usually means that there has been too much anticipation or conversation about the book for me to be able to resist it. I realize that seems rather negative, but oh well. That’s how I roll. When I heard that the author of Mosquitoland was releasing another novel, I had to add this to my TBR. Also, how could you resist a piece that begins with the death of Vic’s father and end with the murder of Madeline’s uncle? That sounds genuinely fantastic. Will be a quick read once I pick it up on September 20.

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Hag-seed, by Margaret Atwood

All throughout this year, in celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare, there have been new releases honoring the classic plays. I’ve read a few now (trying to re-read the play first makes it take longer), but this has to be the one that I looked forward to the most! Hag-seed is a re-telling of The Tempest, featuring a regional theater director who’s production of The Tempest is wrecked by sabotage. He then spends 12 years feeding a revenge fantasy, which he will finally be given the chance to live out. There can’t be any way that Atwood would let this go wrong. Fortunately, it’s released on September 13.

Razor Girl: A Novel, by Carl Hiaasen

After reading at least a few of Hiaasen’s novels, I think I’m finally willing to consider myself a bit of a fan. As expected, with Hiaasen at least, this novel moves fast, and incorporates a genuinely bizarre cast of characters: the scamming Razor Girl, a NYC mafia capo, a Wisconsin accordionist, a street psycho, a Miami product-liability layer, and more. This is likely to be a rollercoaster of a book, and I’m really looking forward to the ride. Fortunately, it was released on September 6.

The Nix: A Novel, by Nathan Hill

This debut novel sounds fantastic. Based on the Norwegian folktale, a Nix is a spirit who sometimes appears as a white horse that steals children away, the Nix in Hill’s novel is anything you love that can one day disappear, stealing away a piece of your heart. The Nix explores the resilience of love and home, following the life of a college professor and stalled writer, and his relationship with his mother Faye. I love that this explores a familial relationship, and finding the truth – the version of your mother you hold in your mind, or the version seen by others. Released on August 30, this is one you can pick up today.

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox, by Carol Burnett

I will solely blame my interest in this book on NPR. I caught an interview with Carol Burnett not too long ago, and I was intoxicated. I love that idea that while we’re having all sorts of ridiculous conversations about whether women are funny in 2016, Carol Burnett was just being hilarious on her eponymous show from 1967 to 1978. A true pioneer, Burnett’s memoir has to be absolutely one of the most interesting pieces out there. And with Amy Schumer’s memoir also having been recently released, it would be an interesting comparison to pick up after September 13.

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith was the first author I selected when I kicked off Imaginary Book Club.I wasn’t the biggest fan of White Teeth, but I’m smart enough to know when an author deserves another chance to make me a fan. Swing Time sounds fantastic – about two girls who dream of being dancers. Only one, Tracy, has talent. The other is all ideas – about rhythm and time, about black bodies and music, and what makes a person free. Another book about transition – this time moving from North-West London to West Africa, Swing Time will likely deliver another epic and beautiful novel.

This fall has so many good books to look forward to!

I literally cannot wait to dive into these, and so many more that didn’t quite make the list. Fall is one of those perfect times to curl up with a good book (although that’s really all year for me), and these will be great books to keep me company in my blanket fort.

Is there a new release you’re waiting for that we missed?

Should we pick one of these for book club later this year?

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  1. ANN PATCHETT, ANN PATCHETT, ANN PATCHETT!! Heads up for the NEXT amazing Ann Patchett book: I preordered Commonwealth as gift for my aunt who is a big fan. Ann Patchett signed it FOR FREE with a personalized birthday message — and it was packaged beautifully with a free matching tote! I’m jealous of my own gift.

    Also, great picks, Whitney!! My favorite procrastination (lately? always?) has been adding to my to-reads list. Thanks for giving me the heads up on Carol Burnett and Hannah Hart’s books. I’m adding all of them except Michael Chabon (not a fan of his works generally). Here are some other fall releases that I’m way, way too excited about:

    Non-fic:
    Trainwreck by Sady Doyle. Cultural criticism on why we’re so fascinated with “misbehaving” women from past and present day (Miley Cyrus, Brittney Spears, Lindsey Lohan). Reviews make me feel guilty (I’ve totally judged them) & intrigued!

    Truevine by Beth Macy. Top-notch reporting & “primer on racial inequality” h/t: http://bit.ly/2bBR6aA

    Fiction:
    The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. She also wrote Room, Frog Music, Slammerkin, and is one of my increasingly favorite writers. Super pumped.

    The Mothers by Britt Bennett. Roxane Gay’s review on GoodReads popped up into my feed and I was like “preorder!”: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1680165544

    Loner by Teddy Wayne. One of the reviewers described it as young Humbert Humbert from Lolita “goes to to Harvard.” Fascinating / terrifying sounding.

    P.S. If I’m outvoted on Patchett, I’m also REALLY excited about Hag-seed (surprise, surprise) and The Nix!

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  2. And — shamed you!?!? I strongly encouraged you to try out one of the best authors of our time. End of story. (But you can skip State of Wonder, just as long as you read her non-fiction too)

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