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Our 32 Most Anticipated New Reads of Fall 2020

by  | September 4
Six most anticipated fall books on a brick wall

As the days grow chillier, the reading nooks grow cozier. The wool socks and chunky sweaters come out. The scent of nutmeg and cinnamon fills the air. But what really sets the mood is NEW FALL BOOKS. We’ve rounded up our most anticipated books coming out from top authors including Alice Hoffman, Christina Lauren, Elena Ferrante, Ruth Ware, etc., etc., ETC. These reads have us buzzing with even more anticipation than—dare we say it—that first sip of pumpkin spice latte. Happy reading!

Magic Lessons

Magic Lessons

by Alice Hoffman

Sara’s Pick #1

As much as I love horror, Halloween always makes me want to return to the world of Practical Magic, both the book and the movie. Luckily for us all, Alice Hoffman is back with another addition to the story of the Owens women, this time taking readers to its source, the progenitor of the curse, Maria Owens. Abandoned as a baby in 1600s England, young Maria is taken in by Hannah Owens, who teaches her to harness her powers. The real trouble starts when Maria follows—all the way to Salem, Massachusetts—the man who loved and left her. Magic Lessons is captivating and all-consuming, and Hoffman somehow manages to create a work so different from the other books in the series, yet still imbued with the same magical touch. A dark, emotional tale of what we will do for love, and a caution to be careful what you wish for, either for yourself or others.

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

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Black Sun

Black Sun

by Rebecca Roanhorse

Emily’s Pick #1

Fall always puts me in the mood for epic fantasies and one of the best (and most impressive) ones I’ve read recently is Black Sun, the first book in Rebecca Roanhorse’s new series, inspired by Pre-Columbian histories and myths. In this well-developed world, Convergence approaches—the rare celestial event when the solar eclipse and winter solstice occur simultaneously—which prophesies the arrival of the Crow God to avenge past injustices wrecked upon the Carrion Crow clan. Through multiple perspectives, the story follows a priesthood’s traditions under a cultist threat; a down-on-her-luck Teek captain, whose magical sea-calling abilities mark her as a pariah, and the so-called prophesied avatar on his way to fulfill his destiny. Kirkus Reviews calls this book “perfection” and you can’t get higher praise than that!

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

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One by One

One by One

by Ruth Ware

Saimah’s Pick #1

Ruth Ware is back again with another twisty story. In her latest thriller, One by One, a group of employees at tech startup Snoop head to a luxury ski chalet in the French Alps for a corporate retreat. But upon arrival, there seems to be some tension among the employees. One of the co-founders of the company escalates things by bringing up a lucrative and contentious buyout. The company is on the brink—depending on how the shareholders vote, it could mean disaster or a massive payday. In an attempt to take a break from the weighty decision they must make, the group decides to hit the slopes and mull things over. While out on the mountain, the group gets separated, and then a mammoth avalanche hits, causing a power outage. They are left stranded. When one among them is found dead, the anxiety and distrust escalate, and the group starts to dwindle one by one....

 Publication Date: September 8, 2020

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Group

Group

by Christie Tate

Justin’s Pick

If your time indoors during quarantine has caused you to get overly introspective, find escape in someone else’s problems for a little bit! Christie Tate’s debut, the memoir Group, chronicles her unconventional experience attending group therapy to work through issues related to her childhood, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts. Tate doesn’t mince words—she writes about the most vulnerable period in her life with such refreshing vulnerability, heart, and humor that it’s impossible not to empathize with her story. She lays it all bare to her therapist and the other members of her therapy group, and, now, to readers as well—and it’s a privilege to listen in and be moved by her account.

Publication Date: October 27, 2020

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Legendborn

Legendborn

by Tracy Deonn

Nicole's Pick #1

Bree Matthews begins the Early College program at the University of North Carolina with a chip on her shoulder and grief in her heart. After her mother dies in a tragic car accident, all Bree wants to do is start fresh, far away from home where the reminders of her mother are plentiful. But then Bree witnesses a magical attack on campus. A teenage mage attempts to wipe Bree’s memory of the events of that night, but when he fails, Bree’s unique magic is revealed. She’s able to remember that on the night of her mother’s accident, another mage attempted the very same memory wipe.

Determined to get to the bottom of her mother’s death, Bree finds herself embroiled in the Legendborn secret society. It’s a world of scions and oaths and the descendants of King Arthur’s really really old white legacy. A war is coming, and Bree has to decide how far she’s willing to go to get at the truth, and whether or not she will use her magic to join the fight. More than just a tale of fantasy, Legendborn is a powerful look at institutionalized racism in the South, whitewashing and gatekeeping of history, Black girl magic, and what legacy truly means.

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

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The Hollow Places

The Hollow Places

by T. Kingfisher

Sara’s Pick #2

Fall always triggers a part of my brain that craves all things creepy, and thankfully, T. Kingfisher is here to provide just that. Recovering from her recent divorce, Kara finds a strange bunker in her uncle’s museum that holds portals to a number of alternate realities. While fun at first, she and her travel companion, a barista named Simon, soon discover that their explorations have caught the attention of creatures that appear to hear thoughts. Oh, and they only get more powerful the more you fear them. It’s a battle of wits, speed, and luck to outsmart these deadly foes, who will show no mercy once they reach their prey. The Hollow Places is the kind of high-anxiety, minimal-description horror that keeps people up at night and will likely have a guest spot in your nightmares for at least a few autumnal evenings.

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

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White Ivy

White Ivy

by Susie Yang

Sharon’s Pick #1

One of my favorite movies watched so far in quarantine is The Talented Mr. Ripley, so when I first read the synopsis for White Ivy, I immediately became intrigued. Ivy Lin is a teenager growing up outside of Boston who is taught by her grandmother to pilfer from yard sales and second-hand stores in order to maintain the appearance of a suburban teenager and win the heart of the wealthy Gideon Speyer. Ivy is sent back to China when her mom discovers her thieving habits, but she later returns to Boston and bumps into Gideon’s sister, Sylvia. Soon Ivy immerses herself in the Speyer family and is within striking distance of everything she’s ever wanted, until a ghost from her past reemerges. This debut novel from Susie Yang, White Ivy, is sure to be a standout this fall with its gripping plot.

Publication Date: November 3, 2020

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Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl

by Lisa Jewell

Ariele’s Pick #1

Invisible Girl follows an involuntary celibate or “incel” whose life is falling apart; a 17-year-old girl who becomes infatuated with her therapist; and a family whose secrets get them mixed up in both of these questionable characters’ lives. As one early reviewer put it, “The cliche ‘could not put this book down’ gets thrown around a lot in reviews, but I...literally could not put this book down and finished it in less than 24 hours. I devoured this book with the same breakneck pace in which the plot unfurled.” Creepy surprises and twists abound in this new winner from the queen of domestic suspense, which JoJo Moyes has praised as Lisa Jewell’s “best yet.”

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

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I Would Leave Me If I Could

I Would Leave Me If I Could

by Halsey

Nicole's Pick #2

I’ve been a fan of the biracial bisexual goddess known to her fans as Halsey (and to her family as Ashley) from the moment I heard her first album. Earlier this year (yes, it’s still 2020 somehow), Halsey released one of music’s most anticipated albums, her third studio release, titled Manic. From the moment it was announced, fans knew they would be treated to Halsey’s most personal and painful album yet, as she described it as the first album she’s written as herself—Ashley Frangipane. Now, on the heels of a new album AND the five-year anniversary of her album Badlands, Halsey is back with a collection of poetry titled I Would Leave Me If I Could. The collection will include original and autobiographical poems about everything from sexuality to feminism to heartbreak, and features cover art done by Halsey herself. If this collection is anything like the work she’s already given us this year, then we are in for a treat!

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

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Grown

Grown

by Tiffany D. Jackson

Nicole's Pick #3

From the moment I learned about this book, I was hooked. And then gorgeous cover art came out and somehow my excitement increased even further. In Grown, the mysterious death of a R&B star Korey Fields rocks the world of Enchanted Jones, an aspiring singer and mentee of Korey’s. When Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and no memory of what transpired the night before, she’s beyond confused. Before the murder though, Enchanted was a teenager trying to fit in as the only Black person at her school and dreaming of a future as a famous singer. Grown is a gripping look at how misogyny and rape culture affect young Black girls, and has been described as required reading for the current era.

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

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They Never Learn

They Never Learn

by Layne Fargo

Anne’s Pick

If you devoured Killing Eve, it's time to read They Never Learn. It’s back-to-school season at Gorman University and in between preparing lesson plans and applying for a prestigious research grant, English professor Scarlett Clark is plotting her next murder. But don't worry... she'll only kill evil men who really deserve it. But as Scarlett begins to fall for her newest mark's ex-wife, she risks exposing her secret life. I read this book through, enthralled, in one sitting. It will make you furious as you consider the sexism and rage that drives this serial killer. And as an added bonus there is a seriously steamy bisexual romance at the center of the book. Read it, and then immediately go pick up the author’s first book, Temper.

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

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Fortune and Glory

Fortune and Glory

by Janet Evanovich

Heather’s Pick #1

Out of all the many books I’ve read in my life, there are only a handful where I can tell you exactly where I was the day I read them. The first Stephanie Plum novel, One for the Money, is one of them. A friend of the family was hosting a pool party, but I didn’t feel like swimming (sullen teenager alert), so instead, I spent the whole day in a comfy lounge chair getting to know Stephanie, Ranger, Morelli, Lula, Grandma Mazur, and the whole crew. Now, years later, I’m looking forward to catching up with them in Fortune and Glory, the newest book in this long-running series.

Publication Date: November 3, 2020

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She Come By It Natural

She Come By It Natural

by Sarah Smarsh

Heather’s Pick #2

Sure, I grew up listening to Dolly Parton, but who in the South did not? I don’t think I truly understood how ingrained she is in general popular culture, though, or how much I’d taken her presence for granted, until I listened to the podcast Dolly Parton’s America earlier this year. (If you haven’t binged that yet, do it. It’s excellent.) Now that I’m fully up to speed on Dolly’s enduring legacy, and in the wake of her recent comments supporting Black Lives Matter, I’m fired up to read Heartland author Sarah Smarsh’s take on the iconic singer and “women who have lived her songs.” An essay collection first published as a four-part series by the music journal No Depression, She Come By It Natural is an essential read for all of us who have been inspired by Dolly and her trailblazing career.

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

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How to Catch a Queen

How to Catch a Queen

by Alyssa Cole

Heather’s Pick #3

We all need some fairy-tale-esque escapism from the real world this year, and that’s exactly what the first installment in Alyssa Cole’s Runaway Royals series promises. In How to Catch a Queen, Shanti Mohapi agrees to an arranged marriage with Sanyu, the king of Njaza, to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a queen who can make a positive difference in people’s lives. Neither she nor Sanyu expect their pragmatic partnership to transform into a love match, but the more time they spend together, the more at-risk their hearts become.… Even if I weren’t already a devoted fan of Cole’s work, this novel would’ve had me at “marriage of convenience,” because it’s one of the most popular tropes in romance fiction for good reason.

Publication Date: December 1, 2020

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The Thirty Names of Night

The Thirty Names of Night

by Zeyn Joukhadar

Sharon’s Pick #2

After I read Zeyn Joukhadar’s essay about reclaiming queer and trans power during Pride, I knew that it was essential for me to add The Thirty Names of Night to my TBR. Joukhadar’s novel is about a closeted Syrian American boy who is haunted by the ghost of his ornithologist mother who died five years ago in a fire. He can only find solace in slipping out of his grandmother’s apartment at night to paint murals on buildings in the Little Syria neighborhood of Manhattan. One day, he comes across the journal of Syrian American artist Laila Z, who encountered the same rare bird his mother did before she died, and whose past reveals the histories of queer and transgender people in his own community. With its intergenerational themes and lyrical prose, The Thirty Names of Night promises to be an exceptional novel.

Publication Date: November 24, 2020

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The Times I Knew I Was Gay

The Times I Knew I Was Gay

by Eleanor Crewes

Sharon’s Pick #3

To be honest, I don’t usually read graphic novel memoirs, but when I saw this book’s highly relatable title and the cover art, it shot to the top of my TBR list. Ellie always knew she was different when she was younger: she wore all black, obsessed over Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and found dating boys confusing. The Times I Knew I Was Gay charts Ellie’s journey toward self-discovery and self-acceptance. Crewes also provides essential reminders that coming out is not a one-time thing and that identity is more determined by coming to terms with yourself than with who you fall in love with, which particularly hit home for me as a bisexual woman.

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

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The 2084 Report

The 2084 Report

by James Lawrence Powell

Fiora’s Pick

The 2084 Report is as captivating as it is terrifying. This book taught me not only about the science behind climate change but the humanity (and inhumanity) of it—what signs have been actively ignored by government officials, the emotional repercussions of living with the earth’s destruction, and the general interconnectedness of people across the globe, united by their disappearing landscapes. Not for the faint of heart, set in the year 2084, Powell’s book will make an activist of you yet.

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

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In a Holidaze

In a Holidaze

by Christina Lauren

Saimah’s Pick #2

I’m thinking I’m not alone in wishing I could hit fast-forward to the holiday season and see the end of 2020. This charming novel by Christina Lauren is the perfect balm to the anxiety that this year has brought. Every holiday season, Maelyn Jones and her family go to a cabin in snowy Utah with close family friends and reminisce about years past. But this year, Mae feels lost—she’s living with her parents again at the age of 26, hates her dead-end job, just made a huge mistake in her love life, and discovers that this will be their last year at their beloved holiday retreat. Dismayed as she drives away from the cabin after Christmas, Mae makes a plea to the universe “Show me what will make me happy.” What comes next, Mae does not expect: the car crashes and when she wakes, she realizes she’s trapped in a cycle just like the movie Groundhog Day. Stuck reliving December 20, she must figure out how to break free of this crazy time loop and put her life back on track. This read had me laughing, swooning, and letting out a few expletives in frustration alongside Mae as she had to start over again so many times in a time loop when she got so close to confessing her feelings to her crush! I can’t wait for you all to escape with this enchanting story.

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

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Anxious People

Anxious People

by Fredrik Backman

Ariele’s Pick #2

“A bank robbery. A hostage drama. A stairwell full of police officers on their way to storm an apartment. It was easy to get to this point, much easier than you might think. All it took was one single really bad idea.” So begins Fredrik Backman’s latest novel, Anxious People, and who wouldn’t want to read on to find out what the really bad idea was? Once the puzzle pieces of this locked-room mystery, comedy, and character study start to come together, you will be racing toward an exceptional conclusion. Along the way, you will laugh and cry and perhaps even shout at your book, but in the end, it will all be totally worth it. In a year in which we thought the election would be the most anxiety-inducing topic, it turns out that this novel about anxious people getting through a day—and its ultimate message of hope and how being kind to one another can change lives—could not be more timely.

Publication Date: September 8, 2020

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Singular Sensation

Singular Sensation

by Michael Riedel

Morgan’s Pick #1

Is anyone else missing live theater so much they could cry? No? Just me? For the reader who has now watched every bootleg musical available on YouTube, GET EXCITED, because we’ve got the book for you. Coming November 10, Singular Sensation by Michael Riedel is a must-read for any theater nerd. This book takes you behind the scenes of Rent, Angels in America, Chicago, The Lion King, The Producers, and so many more gems. It’s not quite the same as sitting in a packed theater as the house lights dim and the curtain rises, but it’s pretty darn close. Full of anecdotes about the writers, composers, actors, and characters you know and love, this is a book you’ll want to own if you proudly identify as a theater nerd.

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

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The Appointment

The Appointment

by Katharina Volckmer

Morgan’s Pick #2

This is a debut novel that you will not forget. A compelling read for fans of Ottessa Moshfegh and Han Kang, this story is told through a stream of consciousness narrative as a young woman addresses her doctor for the duration of her gynecological appointment. It’s dark, it’s comical, it’s audacious, and it’s thought-provoking.

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

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Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems

by Allie Brosh

Erin’s Pick

I still remember the first Allie Brosh story I read. It was on her Hyperbole and a Half blog in 2010. After reading that first story (The Party, in case you're wondering) and nearly dying of laughter, I knew I had to read everything else she'd ever posted. Then, when her first book (titled Hyperbole and a Half, after the blog) was published, I rushed out to buy it, thrilled to both reread some of my favorite stories of hers and discover new ones. It's now been seven years since the publication of that first book and since Allie's posted anything on her blog, but as an Allie Brosh fan, I have something huge to be excited for this fall. Her long anticipated second book, Solutions and Other Problems, will hit shelves this September, and I cannot wait! Allie's stories, complete with ingenious doodles, are always hilarious, while also tackling more serious topics such as mental health. If you haven't read any of Allie's work before, I highly recommend buying both Hyperbole and a Half and the new Solutions and Other Problems. They're filled with the type of stories we all need to make it through this grueling year.

Publication Date: September 22, 2020

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Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom

by Yaa Gyasi

Emily’s Pick #2

After reading Homegoing, I put Yaa Gyasi down on my list of authors-whose-new-book-I-will-drop-everything-for. In that debut novel, the author navigated time jumps and generations so expertly and concisely, that I can’t wait to see how she’ll break my heart this time with the more linear, granular story of Transcendent Kingdom. Gifty is a brilliant neuroscience student, studying addiction and depression in the neural pathways of mice. Outside her professional life, she approaches her personal life with a similar scientific process. Questioning everything, she attempts to arrive at conclusions about Christianity, mental illness, love, and all the other forces that run through her family’s devastating history and what they left in its wake.

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

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The Lying Life of Adults

The Lying Life of Adults

by Elena Ferrante

Emily’s Pick #3

Elena Ferrante writes her characters with such honesty and complexity that they come to life, and I can’t help but imagine myself in between the lines. Plop me right beside Lila and Lenu (My Brilliant Friend), running around Naples studying grammar, designing shoes, and fighting the patriarchy! Somehow these characters become people I’ve known my whole life, which makes their awful, real choices and thoughts that much more heartbreaking. I can’t wait to read Elena’s newest book, The Lying Life of Adults, about a young girl, Giovanna, growing up in Naples, so that I can graft some new scenes and characters to my oldest memories.

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

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Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill

by Cecily von Ziegesar

Saimah’s Pick #3

You might not know that the Gossip Girl series that aired on the CW from 2007 to 2012, about the deliciously complicated lives of rich and spoiled high schoolers on New York City’s Upper East Side, was based on a YA book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. I remember picking up the first book in the series, also titled Gossip Girl, back when I was in middle school. I devoured each book, exploring the glamour of New York City through these stories. Growing up in a small suburb in Ohio, the Big Apple seemed so far away from what I knew. I couldn’t wait to see it in person but had to live vicariously through those characters in the meantime.

Now Cecily Von Ziegesar is back with a new story for grownups set in New York City, but this time she’s taking us on a journey through Cobble Hill, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. Here we meet four families who have lives that are quite different from the glitz and glamour of the Gossip Girl crowd. These dysfunctional families are all seeking to find their purpose and navigate obstacles, until one unforgettable night at a boisterous party in the neighborhood that changes everything.

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

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Ready Player Two

Ready Player Two

by Ernest Cline

Saimah’s Pick #4

You know that feeling when you get sucked into the story of a great book and you just want to skip work and keep reading? When I picked up Ready Player One, I didn’t realize I would get so swept up in the story. Since there haven’t been any details released about the highly anticipated sequel, Ready Player Two, I’m waiting excitedly to get my hands on it in November. Until then I’ll have to reread the first book. If this is your intro into the world, not to worry…here’s a recap of Ready Player One, which you can check out while waiting for the sequel.

It’s 2045 and most people spend their days in the virtual universe of the OASIS. When James Halliday, the founder of the OASIS, dies, his will reveals that he created a challenge within his video game world—and the winner will inherit his fortune and control of the OASIS. Wade Watts (a.k.a. Parzival) goes on an exploration through the OASIS, trying to complete the three challenges that will ultimately allow him to win the game and the inheritance. But he isn’t the only one trying to win…and the wicked IOIs collective won’t hesitate to crush anybody who gets in their way.

This book will take you on an adventure through its virtual reality world, in which you feel like you’re living in the video game that Halliday created. It’s filled with 80s nostalgia references and danger at every turn; you’ll be hooked before you know it!

Publication Date: November 24, 2020

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The Dynasty

The Dynasty

by Jeff Benedict

Molly’s Pick

The 2020 NFL season officially starts on September 10, which means I can no longer pretend Tom Brady is still a Patriot. What do I do? Pledge my allegiance to Cam Newton? Repeat “In Bill We Trust” to anyone who will listen? Purchase a Vince Wilfork jersey because he has never, and will never, let me down? (Even ending his career with the Texans gave us that glorious season of Hard Knocks.) I suppose the mature thing to do—instead of, like, getting a 28–3 tattoo—would be to feel gratitude for witnessing my team run a dynasty for two decades. It’s been a truly thrilling experience that all started with Robert Kraft purchasing the team in 1994; Bill Belichick quitting as head coach of the Jets just ONE DAY after accepting the post to join the Patriots in 2000; and the drafting of Tom. Fricking. Brady in the sixth round of the draft a few months later. Jeff Benedict’s The Dynasty, based on access to the Patriots organization for over a year and hundreds of hours of interviews with players and officials, is a comprehensive look at how this dynasty began and how it managed to last so long. Patriots fan or not, you cannot deny how impressive and unprecedented this run was. And now you can enjoy looking back on it because, ugh, it is officially in the past.

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

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Can't Even

Can't Even

by Anne Helen Petersen

Heather’s Pick #4

I placed my pre-order for this weeks ago—that’s how ready I am to read the follow-up to Anne Helen Petersen’s viral Buzzfeed article “How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.” As someone who experiences a constant hum of low-grade anxiety, and especially during the pandemic, Petersen’s relatable article about “errand paralysis” and its root cause was strangely comforting. While I’ve already braced for the fact that there’s no cure for this type of burnout, I know that Can’t Even will at least remind me that I’m not alone in wondering if my generation can ever really attain the American Dream we grew up believing was within reach. You know, before multiple “once-in-a-lifetime downturns,” stagnating wages, mountains of student debt, and skyrocketing housing prices caught up with us. 

Publication Date: September 22, 2020

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Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes)

Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes)

by Mindy Kaling

Heather’s Pick #5

I was obsessed with Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project in 2013–2014. It’s pretty much all I wanted to talk about back then, most notably during the excruciating two-month hiatus between a certain impromptu Mindy/Danny kiss and the episode that dealt with the fallout. But I digress. For a while there, only more of Mindy Kaling’s work could soothe me, so of course I read her first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? It was so good that I needed Why Not Me? as soon as it was released. What I’m saying here is that I’ve devoured both of her previous essay collections, and there is absolutely no question in my mind that I will be among the first to snag a copy of Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) too. Kaling’s a rom-com genius and an all-around marvelous writer, so I’m eager to see what she’s learned to laugh about in the years since her last book.

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

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Piranesi

Piranesi

by Susanna Clarke

Sara’s Pick #3

We’re all probably more than a little sick of being stuck inside, but if you lived in Piranesi's house, you’d never get bored. He’s got infinite doors and hallways to explore, though he never gets lost. The only other person in this strange house is a man called the Other, who helps Piranesi with his bizarre research. However, the two might not be as alone as they think, and slowly the labyrinth they call home becomes more and more sinister. A twisting tale of a world within a house with its own set of rules and mysteries, this book is very different from Clarke’s hit Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, but it’s just as immersive and satisfying. If you’re looking for a fantasy that will challenge you and bring something unique to your reading list, Piranesi fits the bill with style to spare.

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

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The Once and Future Witches

The Once and Future Witches

by Alix E. Harrow

Sara’s Pick #4

Alix E. Harrow, known for her adventurous debut hit, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, is back with a tale of witchy women finding their power from both books and the ballot box. Yes, it’s the 1890s and James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna, a.k.a. the Eastwood sisters, are here to fight for the right to vote. Along the way, they’ll find ancient magics to help turn the tide of the debate and fight back against enemies who would sooner see them six feet under than heading to the polls. Blending folklore, history, and fantasy, The Once and Future Witches crafts a gender-neutral, diverse world of sorcery, casting a critical eye on the prejudices and systematic practices that kept many communities oppressed.

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

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How to Start a Revolution

How to Start a Revolution

by Lauren Duca

Sharon’s Pick #4

During this current political moment, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and conclude that you are voiceless in a seemingly unchangeable society. However, Lauren Duca’s How to Start a Revolution places young people and their efforts to create dramatic shifts in American politics at the forefront of her book. She highlights figures such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress; David and Lauren Hogg, two survivors of the Parkland school shooting who became advocates for gun control; and Amanda Litman, who founded the nonprofit Run for Something. Through these stories, How to Start a Revolution is sure to give you hope that change is attainable and provide you with inspiration to become politically involved yourself.

Paperback Publication Date: September 15, 2020

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