75 Spectacular New Books You Need to Read This Fall

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Grab some cider and find a comfy place to read. Fall 2018’s new books selection is beyond spectacular.

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker book coverThe Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

September 4 | Doubleday

The latest from Booker Prize-winning novelist Pat Barker tells the story of The Illiad from the perspective of Helen and Briseis—two women held captive during the final weeks of the Trojan war.

The Wildlands by Abby Geni book coverThe Wildlands by Abby Geni

September 4 | Counterpoint

After a massive tornado kills their parents, Tucker McCloud abandons his sisters, Darlene, Jane, and Cora, and disappears. Three years later he shows up wounded from a blast he caused, ready to make war on human civilization. He enlists 9-year-old Cora to his cause and they set off together. Eventually, their escalating violence leads to a sibling confrontation at a zoo in Southern California.

In Her Bones by Kate Moretti book coverIn Her Bones by Kate Moretti

September 4 | Atria Books

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. Now, her daughter, Edie, is just trying to stay out of the public eye. But Edie is growing increasingly obsessed with the families of Lilith’s victims. And when a man is found dead, she is the prime suspect.

Ponti by Sharlene Teo book coverPonti by Sharlene Teo

September 4 | Simon & Schuster

Amisa was once a beauty destined for stardom when she was cast in the B horror movie, Ponti. Now, dreams of fame and fortune dashed, she lives with her lonely teenage daughter, Szu, and capitalizes on her modest cult following by conducting fake séances with her sister. When Szu meets Circe, the two form a fraught friendship that will follow them for decades to come.

She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore book coverShe Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

September 11 | Graywolf Press

This debut melds history and magical realism to tell the story of Liberia’s formation through the lives of three superhuman characters who meet in the settlement of Monrovia. Their unique abilities help them mediate the tense relationship between the African American settlers and indigenous tribes.

CoDex 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón book coverCoDex 1962 by Sjón, Translated by Victoria Cribb

September 11 | MCD

This epic trilogy begins at a German inn during World War II, where a Jewish fugitive, Leo Löwe, and a maid form a baby from a piece of clay. Löwe arrives in Iceland with his clay son, and after becoming embroiled in a murder mystery, his son finally comes to life. In book three, a man named Josef, whose story is intertwined with Löwe’s, encounters the CEO of a futuristic biotech company who “brings the story of genetics and genesis full circle.”

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan book coverWashington Black by Esi Edugyan

September 18 | Knopf

This novel, long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, follows the story of George Washington Black, or “Wash,” an eleven-year-old field slave chosen to be the manservant of his master’s brother, Christopher. Christopher turns out to be an explorer and abolitionist, and together they cross the impossible divide of master and slave. But everything is threatened when a man is killed and a bounty placed on Wash’s head.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith book coverLethal White by Robert Galbraith

September 18 | Mulholland Books

In the latest Cormoran Strike novel, Strike is deeply unsettled when a man comes to his office asking for help investigating a murder he thinks he witnessed as a child.

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini book coverSea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

September 18 | Riverhead

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner comes this bite-sized book inspired by Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on the shore of Turkey in 2015. It is written in the form of a letter from father to son on the eve of a treacherous sea-crossing to escape their war-torn homeland.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón book coverThe Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

September 18 | Harper

Set in the same world as his bestselling novel, The Shadow of the Wind, Zafón’s latest follows Alicia Gris’ investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Spain’s minister of Culture. A clue in the form of a rare book leads her to Barcelona where she meets several booksellers, including one who knew her parents.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson book coverTranscription by Kate Atkinson

September 25 | Little, Brown and Company

In 1940, Juliet Armstrong is recruited by a secretive department of Mi5 to monitor the activity of British Fascist sympathizers. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet’s is confronted by characters from her past.

Hippie by Paulo Coelho book coverHippie by Paulo Coelho, Translated by Eric M. B. Becker

September 25 | Knopf

In this autobiographical novel, a young Paulo sets off on a journey in search of “a deeper meaning” for his life. His quest leads him to Karla, a Dutch woman who convinces Paulo to join her on an epic trip across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu.

The Caregiver by Samuel Park book coverThe Caregiver by Samuel Park

September 25 | Simon & Schuster

Set against the backdrop of 1980s Rio de Janeiro, this story is about a mother and daughter—Ana and Mara—who are as close as mother and daughter can be. But when Ana joins a civilian rebel group trying to bring down the city’s brutal police chief, Mara is forced to flee to America. In California, she finds a job caring for a young woman dying of cancer and it is here that she finally faces the truth of her mother, herself, her past, and “what it truly means to take care of someone.”

Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq book coverSplit Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

September 25 | Viking

In this autobiographical novel that blends poetry with prose, a girl grows up in the northernmost reaches of Canada in the 1970s. As she navigates boredom, bullying, violence, and the raw power of the frozen landscape around her, she becomes pregnant and must navigate this as well.

The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez book coverThe Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

September 25 | Riverhead

This intricate political thriller explores the political motivations behind and conspiracies surrounding three real-life assassinations in twentieth-century Columbia.

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb book coverDaughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

October 1 | Lake Union Publishing

Kate Granger dreams of a woman she has never seen…until the woman’s body—and that of her infant—washed up on the shore of Lake Superior near the home of Kate’s parents, where she retreated following the death of her marriage. Now Kate must solve the mystery that began with a tragic love story over one hundred years ago.

The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi book coverThe Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi

October 2 | Pegasus Books

Coralline is a mermaid. When an oil spill poisons her idyllic underwater village, her little brother falls gravely ill. Desperate to save him, she embarks on a quest to find an elixir made of starlight that could heal him. On this quest, she meets Izar, a man on the cusp of an invention that threatens merpeople with extinction.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult book coverA Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

October 2 | Ballantine Books

A gunman bursts into a women’s reproductive health clinic and takes everyone inside hostage. Expert negotiator Hugh McElroy is called to the scene and is horrified to learn that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is among the hostages. Through Wren’s eyes, Picoult introduces readers to the cast of characters inside the clinic, from the staff and patients to the gunman himself and a pro-life protestor disguised as a patient.

White Dancing Elephants: Stories by Chaya Bhuvaneswar book coverWhite Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

October 9 | Dzanc Books

In this short story collection, a woman mourns her miscarriage, a schizophrenic artist in small-town India finds refuge from hatred in sculpture and dance, and two women have an affair that leaves them feeling regretful and betrayed.

The Witch Elm by Tana French book coverThe Witch Elm by Tana French

October 9 | Viking

Toby’s carefree existence is thrown into chaos when he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling with the physical and psychological aftermath of the attack, “he takes refuge in his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle, Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden—and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.”

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton book coverThe Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

October 9 | Atria Books

In this gripping historical mystery, Elodie Winslow, a London-based archivist, uncovers a leather satchel containing two clues to a mystery over one hundred fifty years old, tied to a place that feels hauntingly familiar. The Clockmaker’s Daughter fits Morton’s M.O. of writing stories built around long-buried secrets, which is sure to please fans.

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami book coverKilling Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

October 9 | Knopf

In this new mind-bender from the master of literary surrealism, a portrait painter unintentionally opens a “circle of mysterious circumstances,” which he must close by completing a journey that involves “a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an idea, and an underworld haunted by double metaphors.”

Trinity by Louisa Hall book coverTrinity by Louisa Hall

October 16 | Ecco

This biographical novel explores the inner world, motivations, and many contradictions of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant scientist who sent the world hurtling into the atomic age.

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver book coverUnsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

October 16 | Harper

Unsheltered tells the parallel stories of Willa Knox, a middle-aged woman in desperate circumstances, trying to interest the local historical society in her home in the hopes they will fund its repairs, and Thatcher Greenwood, an idealistic science teacher in 1880s New Jersey who finds himself at odds with powerful men in his community who forbid him from teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry book coverMelmoth by Sarah Perry

October 16 | Custom House

In this sequel to The Essex Serpent, Helen Franklin is working in Prague as a translator when she discovers a mysterious letter warning of a folkloric creature known as Melmoth the Witness. As legend has it, Melmoth travels through time, persuading her victims to join her, then damning them to eternal solitude.

Little by Edward Carey book coverLittle by Edward Carey

October 23 | Riverhead

This biographical novel tells the origin story of the famous Madame Tussaud. An odd little girl apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor after the death of her parents, her talents become known when she launches an exhibition hall for wax heads in Paris. Soon she is called to Versailles, but revolution is roiling in the city streets and Tussaud is right in the thick of it.

Elevation by Stephen King book coverElevation by Stephen King

October 30 | Scribner

In the small Maine town of Castle Rock, Scott is afflicted with mysterious symptoms. He is steadily losing weight but doesn’t look any different. And he weighs the same with his clothes on or off. Meanwhile, he’s putting aside grievances and making an unlikely alliance with his lesbian neighbors, whose new restaurant is failing because of the prejudice of the local townsfolk.

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim book coverThe Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

November 6 | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This is the story of a family torn apart by time, space, and war. In 1948, Najin and Calvin Cho travel with their young daughter Miran from South Korea to the United States in search of a better life. They leave behind their infant daughter, Inja, in the hope that they will be reunited soon. But then war breaks out, and reunion seems an impossible dream.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty book coverNine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

November 6 | Flatiron

In Liane Moriarty’s latest thriller, nine strangers gather at a remote health resort called Tranquillum House. All come for different reasons seeking answers to their various ailments—real or imagined. But soon all are wondering, should they run while they still can?

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne book coverA Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

November 13 | Hogarth

This story follows the relentless climb to the top of one Maurice Smith, a cold-blooded novelist who preys on the powerful and intellectual elite to tease out secrets he can use as fodder for his books.

Fox 8 by George SaundersFox 8 by George Saunders

November 13 | Random House

Fox 8 is the black sheep of his pack—a dreamer his fellow foxes laugh at. But then Fox 8 learns to speak “Yuman,” a skill no other fox has. When “danjer” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off their food supply, Fox 8 uses his newfound language skills to help save his pack.

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite book coverMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

November 20 | Doubleday

Korede’s sister, Ayoola, is a serial killer. She’s murdered the last three of her boyfriends. Korede is always there to clean up the mess—literally and figuratively. But now, Korede is in love with a doctor at the hospital where she works and she must decide how far she is willing to go to protect her sister when the good doctor asks for Ayoola’s phone number instead of her own.

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates book coverHazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

November 27 | Ecco

In a future world, rebellion is punished by sending offenders back in time eighty years to Wainscotia, Wisconsin. When one girl finds herself cast back into this idyllic past, she finds herself falling in love with a fellow exile.

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny book coverKingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

November 27 | Minotaur Books

Inspector Gamache is still on suspension when a mysterious letter arrives from a woman he has never met naming him an executor in her will along with two other complete strangers. The bequests seem strange until a body is found and the whole affair takes a menacing turn.


Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House by April Ryan book coverUnder Fire by April Ryan

September 1 | Rowman & Littlefield

Veteran White House reporter April Ryan has always asked the tough questions. But following Trump’s rise to power, the administration turned the tables and Ryan became the target of intense rightwing scrutiny. In this memoir, she shares her unique perspective on current events and writes about what it’s like to be a reporter under fire.

I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel book coverI’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

September 4 | Baker Books

Anne Bogel is well-known in the online book community as a popular blogger and host of the What Should I Read Next? podcast. I’d Rather Be Reading is a collection of anecdotes and reflections on the reading life that will charm and inspire book lovers of all stripes.

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs book coverSmall Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

September 4 | Grove Press

In this poignant childhood memoir, Lisa Brennan-Jobs recalls growing up as the daughter of legendary tech pioneer Steve Jobs. Want to learn more before reading the book? Check out this New York Times profile.

Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death by Erin Gibson book coverFeminasty by Erin Gibson

September 4 | Grand Central

In this collection of hilarious feminist essays, the host of the Throwing Shade podcast and TV Land show lays out her plan for women to “make our future the one Beyoncé already thinks we have.” Along the way, she deconstructs the many intentional and unintentional ways society keeps women down.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari book cover21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

September 4 | Spiegel & Grau

21 Lessons takes readers on a deep dive into today’s most pressing issues. From the rise of artificial intelligence and big data to global political polarization and the threat of terrorism, Harari offers a path to gain clarity in an increasingly noisy world and invites readers to engage with these issues in the hopes of building a better future.

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King book coverThe Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

September 4 | Abrams Press

For thirty-one years, Fred Rogers impacted the lives of millions of children with his message of kindness, compassion, and equality on his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. This is the first full-length biography of Rogers’ life.

Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free by Linda Kay Klein book coverPure by Linda Kay Klein

September 4 | Touchstone

This combination memoir, journalistic exposé, and cultural commentary takes a long hard look at evangelical purity culture—a culture of sexual repression that traps young women in a cycle of shame and trauma.

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by Deray Mckesson book coverOn the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson

September 4 | Viking

From one of the pioneering activists behind the Black Lives Matter movement comes this memoir and manifesto for justice and social change. Mckesson offers “a new framework and language for understanding the nature of oppression” and advocates for an attitude of optimistic realism.

My Mother. Obama. Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man. by Kevin Powell book coverMy Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man. by Kevin Powell

September 4 | Atria

In this collection of thirteen essays, Kevin Powell weaves together personal stories with the saga of America’s last decade—from the rise of Obama and the hailing of a new era to the rise of Trump and the dashed hopes of millions. He argues that both of these presidencies have led to “some of the ugliest divides in history.”

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises by Rebecca Solnit book coverCall Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit

September 4 | Haymarket

In her latest collection of incisive essays, Solnit cuts through the political doublespeak of our age, naming the crises of our time for what they really are. She writes about climate change, criminal injustice, electoral politics, gentrification, police shootings, and the way our emotions shape culture.

Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger by Soraya Chemaly book coverRage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

September 11 | Atria

This liberating book upends a lifetime of popular wisdom, unapologetically declaring that rage is the best weapon women have against personal and political oppression. It explains why our anger matters and how we can harness it to make meaningful change.

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman book coverThe Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

September 11 | Ecco

This book unearths the dark real-life inspiration for Lolita—the 1948 kidnapping of eleven-year-old Sally Horner. How much did Nabokov know about the case when he wrote the notorious novel? And why did he make such effort to disguise that knowledge?

In Pieces by Sally Field book coverIn Pieces by Sally Field

September 18 | Grand Central Publishing

In this intimate literary memoir, one of the most celebrated actresses of our time recalls her complicated childhood, lifelong relationships, and journey toward self-discovery through acting.

Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar book coverHeart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

September 18 | Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In the tradition of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene, Sandeep Jauhar takes readers on a journey of discovery into the mysteries of the human heart. Travel back in time to meet the diverse characters who paved the way for cardiovascular medicine’s modern miracles like open heart surgery and heart transplant.

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free by Wednesday Martin book coverUntrue by Wednesday Martin

September 18 | Little, Brown Spark

Challenging long-held notions about female sexuality and monogamy, Wednesday Martin argues that women are naturally wired to be promiscuous and questions why society judges cheating women so harshly.

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow book coverRising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow

September 18 | Doubleday

Raised to hate, Derek Black’s father created Stormfront and his godfather was David Duke, the Grand Wizard of the KKK. By the time he was nineteen, Derek himself was a leader in the white nationalist movement. This book tells the story of how he began to question the movement’s ideology and eventually broke free.

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh book coverHeartland by Sarah Smarsh

September 18 | Scribner

In this memoir/cultural commentary, Sarah Smarsh recalls the challenges of growing up poor in America’s heartland. She writes about the terrible impact of intergenerational poverty and challenges readers to reevaluate myths about the class divide.

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Immigrant by Jose Antonio Vargas book coverDear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

September 18 | Dey Street Books

This book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas is about “homelessness, not in the traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in.”

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera book coverAmerican Like Me by America Ferrera

September 25 | Gallery Books

This anthology, curated by actress and activist America Ferrera, includes thirty-one personal essays by immigrants including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy Lin, Issa Rae, Roxane Gay, Linda Sarsour, Padma Lakshmi, and Tanaya Winder.

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery book coverHow to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, Illustrated by Rebecca Green

September 25 | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In this book, naturalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the “personalities and quirks” of thirteen animals and explores the similarities and differences between people and animals, and most importantly, how to be a good creature in the world.

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung book coverAll You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

October 2 | Catapult

Hailed by Celeste Ng as “required reading for…everyone,” All You Can Ever Know is a memoir about finding your roots. Nicole Chung was born premature and put up for adoption by her Korean parents as an infant. Feeling out of place in her white American family, she questioned why her birth parents gave her up and set out on a quest to find the truth.

A Dream Called Home: A Memoir by Reyna Grande book coverA Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande

October 2 | Atria

From the author of the instant classic, The Distance Between us, comes this new memoir about fighting for the American dream. At the age of nine, Reyna Grande crossed the US-Mexico border to find the parents who left her behind. Finding only an alcoholic father and an indifferent mother, Reyna struggled against the odds to achieve her dreams and give birth to the writer within.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally book coverThe Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally

October 2 | Dutton

“The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant.” Thus begins The Greatest Love Story of All Time. Look for the audiobook. I’m sure it will be epic.

Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age by Donna Zuckerberg book coverNot All Dead White Men by Donna Zuckerberg

October 8 | Harvard University Press

In this disturbing exposé, Donna Zuckerberg reveals how alt-right men’s groups are wielding the classics as a weapon against modern feminism, upholding an ancient ideal of masculinity that ignores women’s desires and tramples on our rights.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown book coverDare to Lead by Brené Brown

October 9 | Random House

What does it mean to be a good leader? In this book, researcher and thought leader Brené Brown reveals the hallmarks of daring leadership in a world where the word is too often defined by power, abuse, and a fear mentality.

The World of Lore: Dreadful Places by Aaron Mahnke book coverThe World of Lore: Dreadful Places by Aaron Mahnke

October 9 | Del Rey

From the podcast that spawned a TV show and two books comes yet another book about dreadful places marked by human evil. Settle in on a dark and stormy night for a macabre armchair tour around the world from New Orleans to the haunted halls of England’s ancient castles where the echoes of tragedy still resound.

The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays by Wesley Yang book coverThe Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang

October 9 | W. W. Norton

In this essay collection, Wesley Yang writes about race and sex “without the jargon, formulas, and polite lies that bore us all.” He takes on everyone from deranged school shooters to pickup artists and does not exempt himself from his radical—and at times brutal—honesty.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart book coverRuth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron De Hart

October 16 | Knopf

Hitting shelves just two months before On the Basis of Sex—the major biopic about Justice Ginsburg’s early days in law—hits theaters, this biography offers a more comprehensive understanding of her life from both a personal and professional perspective.

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking book coverBrief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

October 16 | Bantam

Completed shortly before his death, this final word from one of the greatest scientists of all time offers brief answers to questions such as, “Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist?” and more.

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott book coverAlmost Everything by Anne Lamott

October 16 | Riverhead

From the beloved author of Bird by Bird and Hallelujah Anyway comes a collection of meditations on hope. When we are “doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated,” Anne writes, we should take comfort in the fact that “all truth is paradox…If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change.”

Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement by Nadya Okamoto book coverPeriod Power by Nadya Okamoto

October 16 | Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

From PERIOD founder and Harvard College student Nadya Okamoto comes this manifesto on menstruation. Period Power aims to “explain what menstruation is, shed light on the stigmas and resulting biases, and create a strategy to end the silence and prompt conversation about periods.”

The Library Book by Susan Orlean book coverThe Library Book by Susan Orlean

October 16 | Simon & Schuster

This book begins with the mystery of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library that destroyed 400,000 books and damaged a staggering 700,000 more. From there it sidetracks into the evolution of libraries around the world and ends as a love letter to libraries, their keepers, and patrons everywhere.

Everything's Trash, but It's Okay by Phoebe Robinson book coverEverything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson

October 16 | Plume

From the beloved author of You Can’t Touch My Hair comes a new collection of hilarious and thoughtful essays spanning topics from intersectional feminism and ridiculous beauty standards to our culture’s collective workaholism.

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney book coverWhen Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney

October 30 | National Geographic

This book chronicles the lives of six all-powerful female pharaohs—from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra. Few women have ruled with such impunity and many who did rule acted as mere pawns of men. Cooney asks the question, “What was so different about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind access to the highest political office?” and “What could today’s world learn from its example?”

The Vampire: A New History by Nick Groom book coverThe Vampire: A New History by Nick Groom

October 30 | Yale University Press

In this comprehensive history of one of the world’s most iconic mythical creatures, Nick Groom traces the vampire from its origins in the early eighteenth century as “a monster embodying humankind’s fears” to its role in modern pop culture as “an unlikely hero for the marginalized and excluded.”

Why Religion?: A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels book coverWhy Religion? by Elaine Pagels

November 6 | Ecco

“Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not?” In this memoir/scholarly reflection, Elaine Pagels seeks to answer these questions following the shocking back-to-back deaths of her young son and husband.

Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and a Way Forward by Gemma Hartley book coverFed Up by Gemma Hartley

November 13 | HarperOne

An expansion on her wildly popular Harper’s Bazaar article, “Women Aren’t Nags—We’re Just Fed Up,” this book is about the emotional labor it falls on women to do on a daily, even hourly basis. She argues that assumptions that women will perform this thankless work feed gender inequality and offers practical advice on what we can do to change that.

Becoming by Michelle Obama book coverBecoming by Michelle Obama

November 13 | Crown

From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to Pennsylvania Avenue, Michelle Obama’s life has been anything but ordinary. In this memoir, she tells her story as she lived it and invites readers to get to know the real Michelle—without the lens of the media getting in the way.


So Far So Good: Final Poems 2014-2018 by Ursula K. Le Guin book coverSo Far So Good by Ursula K. Le Guin

September 18 | Copper Canyon Press

Completed shortly before her death earlier this year, Le Guin’s final collection of poetry is “full of wonder for the mysteries beyond.”

To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace book coverTo Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

September 18 | Andrew McMeel

In this, the first part of an illustrated duology called “Things That H(a)unt,” popular poet Amanda Lovelace explores the lingering trauma of abusive relationships.

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart: Poems by Alice Walker book coverTaking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker

October 2 | Atria / 37 INK

In this bilingual collection (presented in both English and Spanish), Alice Walker offers nearly seventy beautiful poems that “offer us a window into her magical, at times difficult, and liberating world of activism, love, hope, and above all, gratitude.”


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