Heidi’s Fall Picks

This fall presents a bevy of novels from literary heavyweights. Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver, and Junot Diaz all have novels/story collections out in the next few months that I’m super excited about. In addition to these sure bets, here are a few other titles I’m really looking forward to:

(Click on titles to place a hold in the library catalog)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store, by Robin Sloan, is the story of a San Francisco web designer who lands a job at a mysterious book store after the Great Recession of 2008.  Clay’s investigation into the inner workings of the shop unveil more than he could have imagined — global conspiracy,  complex code-breaking, romance and adventure.

I can’t wait for The Twelve, by Justin Cronin, the follow-up to his 2009 zombie/vampire apocalypse tale, The Passage.



The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin, is set in the rugged American West in the early twentieth century. At the foot of the Cascade Mountains, a solitary orchardist haphazardly adopts two destitute girls, only to encounter a brutal tragedy that changes the course of all their lives.


Eight Girls Taking Pictures, by Whitney Otto, chronicles the lives of eight female photographers throughout the 20th Century, from the author of How to Make an American Quilt. Though the stories span a diverse array of settings and times, from New York to Buenos Aires to Rome, the women’s lives share surprisingly similar themes of independence and love.

Murder Mystery fans should consider placing a hold on The Cutting Season, by Attica Locke. It’s the story of a modern-day plantation manager, Caren, who discovers a dead girl buried on the property she has overseen for four years. An investigation ensues and Caren’s revelations about the girl and the deceptively beautiful plantation shed light on a contemporary Deep South where some things never change.

What books are you looking forward to reading this fall?


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