Best Books For Fall

The autumn season is hopefully rounding the corner, closing out a brutal summer. Soon will come the time when cozy sweaters, tea and a good book are all you need to be happy in life. With so many books and titles to choose from, it can be hard to gather your reading list, so allow us to get you started.

Check out our list for the most anticipated newcomers for the fall season with a little help from Publisher’s Weekly.

Small Fry

By Lisa Brennan-Jobs

(Grove) Sept. 4

One of the most hotly anticipated memoirs of the year comes in the form of Small Fry. Lisa Brennan-Jobs details her upbringing as Apple founder Steve Jobs and artist and writer Chrisann Brennan’s daughter. The debut memoir focuses on an intricate father-daughter relationship from Jobs denying paternity to Brennan-Jobs finding herself being woven in and out of family dynamics.

My Squirrel Days

By Ellie Kemper

(Simon & Schuster) Oct. 9

If you loved her on The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, you’ll really love her collection of essays, bound and titled, My Squirrel Days. Kemper recalls stories from different points in her life and her many memorable run-ins with fellow celebrities with all of the cheerful charm and funny wit that we love her for. As for the title, Kemper draws from her nature-loving childhood days where she was determined to commune with squirrels.

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts

By Therese Anne Fowler

(St. Martin’s) Oct. 16

For all you Long Islanders in love with the roaring twenties, get your Great Gatsby fix with Fowler’s novel, A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts. The book follows Alva Vanderbilt and her family as they preside over Gilded Age New York, with a surname still synonymous with opulence and history today. Fowler is also the author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.


By Michelle Obama

(Crown) Nov. 13

Many have missed her as the First Lady, but now Michelle Obama is back as an author with her memoir Becoming. Barack Obama’s wife shares her story of growing up on the South Side of Chicago, being a working mother while raising her two daughters and how becoming the first African-American first lady was so much more than an historical milestone.

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce

By Colm Tóibín

(Scribner) Oct. 23

A unique idea that led Tóibín to profile the fathers of Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce—William Wilde, John Butler Yeats, and John Stanislaus Joyce—offering the three great Irish writers as a lens through which to view Ireland’s literary tradition. The award-winning author details the father-son relationships among the three literary giants and how the patriarchs surface in their many works.

Monument: Poems New and Selected

By Natasha Trethewey

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Nov. 6

Two-time U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Trethewey lures new readers in with her first volume of poetry. The collection is also perfect for her fans, who have been awaiting new pieces.

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Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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