s summer comes to an end, it’s time to dig into a good book. Surprisingly, many of the best books are released in the fall so you have a wide range of options. These highlights make for great fall reading.
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
There isn’t much that Tom Hanks doesn’t do, and author is just the latest on his list of accomplishments. This book is actually a collection of short stories and comes at a great time. While the stories are varied, they explore the differences and similarities of the American dream and how it looks from varying perspectives. From seeing the views of a war veteran to an Eastern European’s perspective, you’ll love Hank’s storytelling ability in these pages.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
This Pulitzer Prize-winning author delves into historical fiction that’s amazingly well-researched and enjoyable to read. The setting of her story is WWI New York and follows a young woman Anna on her journey to become the first female diver in the Navy Yard. While she’s working on her career, Anna also tries to learn more about the disappearance of her dad. The complex interactions with each person make this novel stand out among the crowd and you won’t be able to put this book down. While great to read on your own, you’ll also enjoy having this book for discussion in a book club so consider this if you’re part of a discussion group.
Sing Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
If you’ve been following the opioid crisis, then you’ll want to take a close look at this novel. Ward takes her audience on an odyssey through the southern United States. An epic tale of race poverty, family, love, and violence all take place within the pages. Starting in Mississippi, a 13-year old Jojo and his younger sister and drug-addicted mom travel across their state to meet their dad who is newly released from prison. This is Ward’s first novel since “Salvage the Bones” and doesn’t disappoint her audience.
Unqualified by Anna Faris
If you’ve listened to Faris’s podcast and loved it, then you’ll want to check out her book as well. Actress Faris writes a quirky book that’s all her own. In these pages, you’ll find stories from her life and some of the wisdom she’s picked up on her journey. Surprisingly, you’ll even see her feminist side as Anna discusses her fight with “imposter syndrome” and what she’s faced throughout her career. The best part of this book is that Anna doesn’t claim to be an expert and even states that she’s giving not-so-great advice so you won’t feel any pressure as you’re reading her stories. This book is great for a day when you need a lighthearted story.
These books are fairly new releases that provide a range of genres to explore. From comedy to suspense, you can find a book that will fit your mood. Check out these books to read this fall and you won’t be disappointed. You may be surprised to find that you have a new favorite novel in one of these suggestions.