Over the weekend, I thought about how my recent Fall Picks post featured mostly literary heavyweights and books that have already received a good bit of hype. Nothing wrong with that. But I’m also pretty excited for a few Fall books that are more under the radar. Here they are:
The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontes, and the Importance of Handbags, by Daphne Merkin (Sept. 2)
A collection of essays on everything from handbags to John Updike, lip gloss to Michael Jackson, and everything in between.
Women in Clothes, ed. by Sheila Heti (Sep. 4)
A tribute to self-expression based on the expertise of more than 225 contributors, including interviews, essays, sketches and photos.
Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle (Sep. 16)
Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of 17, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined.
Called to perform missionary work on a world light years away where the natives are fascinated by the concepts he introduces, man of faith Peter Leigh finds his beliefs tested when he learns of natural disasters that are tearing Earth apart.
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, by Meghan Daum (Nov. 18)
Essays on sentimentality and its impact on the way we think about death, children, patriotism, and other matters.