Fall is the season for books. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re still riding the reading wave from the fresh crop of summer reads, or maybe the cool air's just a good excuse to curl up on the couch with a book. Whatever it is, we’re here for it, and the authors are bringing it. Fall is typically a big season for the publishing industry, with most of the year’s highly anticipated books from top authors being released in the months of September-December.
You might already be expecting some of the biggest books to hit physical and virtual bookshelves this fall: Fairy Tale by Stephen King, The January 6th Report, Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng, Going Rogue and so many more (be still, my reading heart).
But there are also some new fall favorites in town from debut authors and seasoned writers alike to put on your radar. Read on for recommendations from some of books’ biggest enthusiasts—librarians!
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn. Release date: Sept. 6, 2022
“Hitting 60, our 4 heroines are retiring from the Museum, a murky organization of assassins where they’ve worked for 40 years. When they are on their ‘all-expenses-paid’ retirement cruise, they realize the Museum is trying to assassinate them. They work together one last time to stay alive and figure out why they’ve been marked for death. Truly, this book could not be more fun.” - Librarian Sheila M.
The Old Place by Bobby Finger. Release date: Sept. 20, 2022
“After being forced to retire from her teaching job, Mary Alice feels listless. Reconnecting with her neighbor, Ellie, the two share the grief of losing their teenage sons, but rarely discuss it. When Mary Alice’s sister shows up with family secrets, the women must both face the past and decide how to make peace with it. You will find yourself relating to the dysfunctional characters and cheering them on, even when they don’t deserve it.” Librarian Jane W.
Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen. Release date: Oct. 18, 2022
“It’s 1952 and a queer former San Francisco cop is given a disgraced exit from the police force, ousted after a raid in the gay bar where he was caught with another man. His career over, he thinks of ending his life until a mysterious widow makes him an offer to solve the murder of her wife. As he considers taking the case, a whole new world is opened up to him, one where he can be who he is and share it proudly with people. People who may be murderers.” - Librarian Marisa A.
We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman. Release date: Nov. 8, 2022
“This book will break your heart, but it’s absolutely worth it. Ash and Edi are best friends. Both women are in their forties with families of their own, and Edi is dying of cancer. Told through the eyes of Ash as she walks her friend through her last weeks on Earth, she navigates the impossible heartbreaking reality, coping in any way possible as the depth of their shared experiences unfold.” - Librarian Jane W.
The Gentleman’s Book of Vices by Jess Everlee. Release date: Nov. 29, 2022
“This debut is a male-male romance set in Victorian London featuring a couple united by their love of steamy novels. Charlie is about to get married and put away his collection of erotica. But before he does, he wants his favorite author, Miles, to autograph his book. Together, the two wonder if they might find a happier ending than the one Miles gives his characters.” - Librarian Sheila M.
The Revolutionary by Stacy Schiff. Release date: Oct. 25, 2022
“Many believe that Samuel Adams was the most vital figure in sparking the Revolutionary War. And yet, he is one of the least well known of the Founding Fathers. He destroyed all of his correspondence and encouraged his friends to do the same with his letters to them. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Schiff manages to piece together a vibrant and compelling portrait of this mysterious, yet hugely significant, American patriot.” - Librarian Sheila M.
The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama. Release date: Nov. 15, 2022
“The author speaks for herself on this one. Everyone is going to be chomping at the bit to read Michelle Obama’s new book! This is a follow-up to her bestselling memoir, Becoming, and the former first lady shares practical wisdom and strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.” - Librarian Jane W.
Have I Told You This Already? by Lauren Graham. Release date: Nov. 15, 2022
“Like the previous title, this author speaks for herself and everyone will want to read this November title from the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and author of Talking As Fast As I Can. This entertaining essay collection about her years in show business features stories from the sublime to the ridiculous.” - Librarian Jane W.
The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Release date: Oct. 4, 2022
“Adam does emotion and angst so well, and in his prequel to They Both Die at the End, there is plenty to go around. Taking place over the course of one day, this is a story of new love and connection. Two teens spend one last day together before Death-Cast, a system that can determine exactly when someone will die, begins to make its predictions. Once the Cast begins, what will happen, and who is first?” - Librarian Jane W.
Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell. Release date: Nov. 8, 2022
“Rainbow has given us Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and the Simon Snow series. She is a favorite among librarians. This is a book of short stories that fans of Rainbow’s writing will devour in one sitting. I don’t know about you, but the cover art alone makes me want to buy 100 copies of this immediately.” - Librarian Jane W.
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