Heidi’s Fall 2014 Picks

I know I might offend some people by saying this, but I am so ready for Fall. Sweaters! New leather boots! Crisp days and cool nights!

But most importantly, publishers seem to tap into our atavistic back-to-school mentally with their Fall releases. It’s when they bring out the big guns: the heavyweight authors, big ideas, meaty tomes we want to sink our teeth into with the end of Summer’s languorousness. (Yes that is a real word, I looked it up).

Here are the books I can’t wait to get into this Fall:

WeAreNotOurselvesWe Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas (Aug. 19)

Entertainment Weekly gave this WWI-era family saga an A, calling it an “absolutely devastating debut (that) is a very traditional novel written with minimal flair.”

BoneClocksThe Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell (Sept. 2)

If I have to tell you why I’m excited for this book, we can’t be friends anymore.

StationElevenStation Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (Sept. 9)

A post-apocalyptic novel about the power of art in a world that has been upturned by a pandemic. The main character, Kirsten, is an actress with the Traveling Symphony, a small troupe that moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Tattooed on her arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.”

PayingGuestsThe Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters (Sept. 16)

I am a fan of Sarah Waters’ spooky historical novels, and this one is getting rave reviews. For example, this is what Michael Dirda has to say about it in the Washington Post: “Some novels are so good, so gripping or shattering that they leave you uncertain whether you should have ever started them. You open “The Paying Guests” and immediately surrender to the smooth assuredness of Sarah Waters’s silken prose. Nothing jars. You relax. You turn more pages. You start turning them faster. Before long, you resemble Coleridge’s Wedding-Guest: You cannot choose but read. The book has you in thrall. You will follow Waters and her story anywhere. Yet when that story ends, you find yourself emotionally sucked dry, as much stunned as exhilarated by the power of art.

UsUs, by David Nicholls (Sept. 30)

I LOVED David Nicholls’ One Day, so I have high hopes for this follow up about marriage and parenthood in London.

NotThatKindOfGirlNot That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham (Sept. 30)

Lena Dunahm (of Girls‘ fame) could write a post card and I’d be excited to read it, so I’m really looking forward to her first collection of essays.

What about you? What are you excited to read this Fall?

-Heidi

 

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