At She Reads, we’re always looking ahead to discover the next great books. Murder, memoir, family, fiction, drama and suspense, we’ve found something for all readers. While we wait for temperatures to cool down, prepare your #TBR pile with the most anticipated books of fall 2019.
The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Two women’s lives intersect in this story that was historically inspired. In 1925, Josephine has freed herself from slavery and owns a farm. She becomes friendly with her white neighbor but the relationship is strained. A hundred years later, Josephine’s descendant Ava is struggling as a single mother who has just lost her job. When she moves in with her white grandmother, the situation becomes dangerous for Ava and her daughter. Discover how these two women’s lives converge in The Revisioners.
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
Over a decade later, Elizabeth Strout brings readers more of her beloved Olive Kitteridge character in this new book. Set in Crosby, Maine, Olive tries to not only understand herself but those who live around her. A teenager who’s lost her father, a pregnant woman about to have her baby, a high school crush revealed and more – see it all through Olive’s eyes in moments that will truly inspire and move you.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow beat the villain and accomplished his big goal. So now what? According to his best friend, he needs to do something that breaks him out of his comfort zone so the two set off on a road trip across the American West. But the two run along to big trouble along the way and at some point, they get so lost, they forget why they even began this new adventure in the first place.
Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey
Lee is a single mother with a steadfast routine to keep her autistic son Mason safe and content. When her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a weekend to herself, Lee decides one weekend away from Mason will be okay. When she enlists the help of Mason’s tutor, Noah, to watch him for the weekend, she never expected someone to end up dead. Are Grace, Noah and Lee keeping secrets that have put Mason in danger?
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
When Cyril Conroy invested all he had into a risky investment, he had no idea how it would change his life for the better. With his newfound wealth, Cyril builds a beautiful home to surprise his wife. But before long, his wife has banned his children from living in the house and because of this, Cyril’s two kids go back to living in poverty, with nothing but their unshakeable bond. Told over the course 50 years, The Dutch House tells the story of two people who, no matter their accomplishments, can’t escape their nightmarish past.
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
Author Carmen Maria Machado shares her account of an abusive relationship with a volatile woman, and does so in a unique way, structuring the narrative in familiar tropes. She tells of her religious upbringing and examines stereotypes of lesbian relationships. This is a riveting memoir that will enlighten and engage readers.
Raven Lane by Amber Cowie
When a sudden death occurs in their neighborhood, Esme, Benedict and their tight-knit community are all affected. Neighbors turn against Esme and her family as secrets and lies emerge about what exactly happened that fateful night on Raven Lane.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hiram Walker has never known anything but the shackles that he was born into. Luckily for Hiram, he learns as a young boy that he has mysterious powers and using them, he finds a way to escape his inhumane situation. As he travels to the land of free men, he begins to see the craziness of the outside world, keeping one mission in mind the entire time: go back and free his family.
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Libby did not expect to become the sole inheritor of a mansion in London when she searched for news of her birth parents. While she thinks that everything for her is about to change, she doesn’t realize that others in the family felt they had a right to the mansion as well. The past and the present collide to bring a riveting story of three families living in a house filled with secrets.
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
In Nazi-occupied Berlin, Hanni Kohn will go to any extent to keep his young daughter, Lea, safe from the dangerous world around them. Taking her to a trusted rabbi, he’s surprised when the rabbi’s daughter brings about a unique tool for keeping her out of harm’s way. With the help of a mystical Jewish creature, Lea begins a new life full of experiences and moments of growth that will change her life forever.
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness
Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness hasn’t always been ultra confident and fabulous. In his debut memoir Over the Top, Van Ness tells stories from his childhood and what it took to become the loving and self-empowered man he is today. This touching memoir is filled with plenty of humor – perfect when paired with a bottle of your favorite wine.
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Dropout Pablo is dealing with credit card debt, student loans and the night shift in a 24-hour deli. Something needs to change. Child star and social media influencer Leanna Smart spends her adult life in private planes and hotel rooms while strangers scream their love for her. When Pablo and Leanna meet one early morning at the deli, they never imagined they’d become “A Thing” and that their lives could get even more complicated.
The Institute by Stephen King
The king of horror, Stephen King, returns this fall with a new chilling tale. When Luke Ellis’s parents are killed in their sleep, he is taken with the culprits and brought to a terrifying institution full of kids with secret powers like Luke. But when Luke learns that those who run the institute are using these powers for their own good and then disposing of the kids, he decides that the only way to survive is by trying to escape.
If you haven’t seen the Netflix comedy, Baby Cobra, a very pregnant Ali Wong wowed the stage and her fans with unfiltered thoughts on Asian culture, marriage, sex and more. In her book, she shares letters to her daughters on the complications of dating, how to be successful in a male-dominated world and more. Delightful and insightful, this book is comedic and wise and, at times, moving and gross!
Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera
This exquisite new YA novel tells the story of closeted Puerto Rican girl, Juliet. After landing a coveted internship to work alongside Juliet’s favorite feminist writer, she tells her family about her sexuality before jetting off to Portland. As she figures out how to deal with her mother’s disappointment and the fact that the writer she has idolized for so long doesn’t have all the answers to life, she comes to learn the kind of woman she really wants to be.
What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Irene thought she had suffered the biggest shock of her life when her husband died a year ago. But now, she has learned that he was in fact living another life on the island of St. John with another woman. Determined to learn all she can about his double life, Irene travels to the island with her sons, hellbent on discovering the truth once and for all.
I Know Everything by Matthew Farrell
Originally thought to be an accident, when the medical examiner suspects there was foul play involved, police investigator Susan Adler is ready to find out who murdered the wife of Randall Brock, a renowned psychiatrist. Randall knows he’s innocent and when a stranger comes forward with info about his wife’s death, Randall in return must reveal his own dark secret in order for everyone to discover who the murderer is.
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Romance duo Christina Lauren is back with another release you’ll fall for. Sam and Tate fell in love with each other almost two decades ago. But after Sam betrayed Tate’s trust, she walked away from him for good… until now. Surprised when she sees Sam on the set of her new project, the two are thrown back into the past as they start to wonder if they could find love like they once did, again.
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