Heidi’s Fall 2015 Picks

Fall … the season when the big guns of publishing come out. Luckily, there also seems to be a nice mix of smaller literary titles being released. The following are my picks, both large and small.

DidYouEverHaveAFamilyDid You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg

This novel about a community in the aftermath of a major tragedy has been getting a lot of good hype. Clegg is a literary agent who is renowned in the publishing world as a ruthless negotiator. He has also published a memoir about addiction and recovery.  I can’t decide whether I’m more intrigued by the story or the author, but either way, this one is definitely on my to-read shelf.

(Sept. 1)

PurityPurity, by Jonathan Franzen

It’s the new highly anticipated door stopper from the author of The Corrections and Freedom. Not everyone loves Jonathan Franzen, but I do, and I can’t wait for this one — about a young woman named Purity Tyler trying to make a life for herself.

(Sept. 1)

WhyNotMeWhy Not Me, by Mindy Kaling

I’m a huge fan of Mindy Kaling. I love her show, The Mindy Project, and I loved her last book of essays, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? So this one is a no-brainer for me.

(Sept. 15)

NotonFireButBurningNot on Fire, but Burning, by Greg Hrbek

A boy navigates a terrifying near-future San Francisco. My Fall book list would not be complete without some literary post-apocalyptica.  (Sept. 22)

GoldFameCitrusGold Fame Citrus, by Claire Vaye Watkins

Okay, well, my Fall book list apparently needs two post-apocalyptic novels, surprise surprise. This one is from an author who has been named one of “five under 35” writers to watch by the National Book Foundation. Her debut novel follows the story of a young couple in extreme drought-stricken, near-future Los Angeles as they try to survive after almost everyone else has left.  (Sept. 29)

HoursCountThe Hours Count, by Jillian Cantor

The fictionalized account of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg,  the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War, and their neighbour, who takes care of their two children during the 1953 trial. (Oct. 20)

WitchesThe Witches, by Stacy Schiff

Schiff wrote the wildly success nonfiction account of Cleopatra a few years ago and this one is sure to be just as engrossing. (Oct. 27)

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