When the air gets a chill in it and the leaves start to fall, sometimes the best thing to do is curl up with a good book. Whether you do it the old fashioned way, turning each paper page by hand, or on a Kindle or some other tablet-like device, reading stimulates the mind and passes the time. Stories are an essential part of human history and these storytellers have created works of art, both fiction and nonfiction, that will leave you enriched.
The Heart Goes Last
Best known for her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s newest novel, The Heart Goes Last is out September 29th. Set in a dystopian future, The Heart Goes Last tells the story of a married couple trying to survive after a worldwide economic collapse. An experimental living facility seems the answer to their economic problems, but there’s a catch: each participant takes turns as prisoner and guard.
The Society of Experience
The Society of Experience is the debut novel from Matt Cahill, a certified psychotherapist and Toronto native, out October 1st. The Society of Experience is a secret organization that deals in scientific what-ifs and experiments. After the protagonist’s father passes away, he participates in a time-travel experiment with the society that takes him on rollercoaster ride of experience and emotion.
Patti Smith is one of the most revered women of rock n’ roll. She has recorded eleven albums and countless amounts of poetry, (often spoken word) paintings, and other artistic contributions. Her last book, Just Kids explored her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and her time spent in New York in the late 60s-early 70s. The follow up, M Train, is a memoir described by Smith as “a roadmap to my life,” and is out October 6th.
Death by Water
Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe often writes about politics and family in a way that exposes the harsh realities of both. His latest novel, Death by Water, deals with a writer who returns home in hopes of finding information about why and how his father drowned during World War II in order to fictionalize the story into a novel. Oe’s protagonists often serve as his own alter egos, and Death by Water is no different. Out October 6th through Grove Press.
The Tsar of Love and Techno
The Tsar of Love and Techno is the new collection of stories written by New York Times bestselling author, Anthony Marra. Out October 6th, the book explores themes of war, love, and censorship in art. Although it is considered a collection of stories, each character’s life intersects with the others: a Soviet censor, former female Gulag prisoners, two pairs of brothers, and young military men. Marra deftly weaves history into present, creating sympathetic characters that may break your heart.
City on Fire
Supposedly selling for nearly $2 million in 2013 and taking the publishing industry by storm, City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg comes out on October 13th. The highly anticipated debut takes place in New York City in 1976. The cast of characters ranges from two heirs to a famous family fortune to wannabe punk rock suburban teenagers, but they’re all somehow connected to a shooting on New Year’s Eve. As the mystery unravels, a citywide blackout occurs impacting them all. City of Fire is a force to be reckoned with and is the must read book of the Fall season.
Humans of New York: Stories
Brandon Stanton’s work has been shared all over social media and his blog has millions of followers. A former Chicago bonds trader, Stanton has made a name for himself photographing interesting people he has come across while living in New York City. Thus his blog, Humans of New York was born. In 2013 a book was published of some of these portraits, which rose to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List. Humans of New York: Stories is the follow up book, which features the dialogue and stories between Stanton and his subjects and is out October 13th.
Career of Evil
Adult fans of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are probably familiar with Rowling’s alter ego by now, Robert Galbraith. After the success of The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, Galbraith is back with another Cormoran Strike mystery entitled Career of Evil. After a package is delivered to Strike with a severed leg, he embarks on a private investigation to reveal, which of four suspects from his past could be the perpetrator. Out October 20th through Mulholland Books.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir
Carrie Brownstein is a household name among indie rock artists and enthusiasts alike. The guitarist and singer of riot grrrl band Sleater Kinney, Brownstein has also had a career doing sketch comedy on the TV show Portlandia, and more recently as a writer. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir is her first book slated for release on October 27th. The book is an intensely personal inside look at her days among the riot grrrl movers and shakers of the 90s. A must read for music aficionados, Brownstein fans, and female musicians alike.