Fall 2016 Book List: What to Read Now

Fall 2016 Book List: What to Read Now

Boo hoo. Beach book season is over.

Woo hoo! Soccer/swim/football/hockey practice book season has begun.

You might not be packing a beach bag anymore, but school’s in session. If you’re a parent, that could mean dropping off your well-intentioned and much-loved time suck at college. Free time! Or, maybe you’ve got a sporto and the schedule’s crammed with sports practices and games. It’s a lot of time on the field in a camp chair or hanging out in the bleachers. Or, none of the above applies, but eff it. It’s fall and you’re looking for a book suggestion. Here is my Fall 2016 Book List—a handful of great new books headed our way this fall from authors that have proven they can deliver:


Dear Mr. M, by Herman Koch

For suspense fans and from the guy that brought us the extremes we might go to in protecting our kids with “The Dinner” comes this tale of a writer that may be past his prime and the mystery that surrounds his bestselling one. Out September 6.


Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple

A followup to the wildly popular, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”, it would be the very antithesis of this book to suggest that if you liked “Bernadette” you will like this is well. For this story is all about the fact there are no guarantees. You never know when your kid is going to get sick or your husband is going to play hooky. Which makes this one day in Eleanor Flood’s life that much more challenging. Out October 4.


Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

I’m pretty sure there’s at least one other person besides me still pondering the giant “WTF?!?!” storyline in State of Wonder, but that is what makes Patchett’s writing so wonderfully unpredictable. This time, we take a decades-long look at the inner workings of a blended family. Out September 13.


The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue

You probably remember “Room.” And maybe you read “Frog Music.” Now comes the story of an 11-year-old miracle by the name of Anna O’Donnell, and Lib Wright, the nurse sent to care for this mysterious girl, whose claim is to have survived months without food. Out September 20.


Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold

OMG OMG OMG. I will run to get this. Arnold’s first novel, “Mosquitoland,” remains an all-time fave. All I have to do is think of Mim, Walt and Beck … wah! I can only hope this latest, the story of a boy out to scatter his late father’s ashes is as heartwrenchingly beautiful as his previous effort. Out September 20.


The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher’s memoirs don’t disappoint. Period. Out November 22. Just in time for Thanksgiving with the in-laws!

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