What pairs perfectly with a hot cup of apple cider or pumpkin spice latte? A new book, of course! There are several great books being released this fall, so we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorite picks. Here are the books you’ll want to curl up in front of the fireplace with this season.
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
You may recognize Ng’s name from her other work, Everything I Never Told You, but her new novel focuses on a new kind of family dynamic. When a mother and her teenage daughter move into a rental house owned by wealthy landlords, the siblings become hopelessly intertwined — but it’s the mothers who become the focus of the story. Little Fires Everywhere explores being a mother and who can earn, claim or lose that title. Available now.
Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Maria Sharapova
Tennis star Maria Sharapova provides an unflinching look at her childhood and career. She doesn’t shy away from her struggles — Sharapova talks about not having a typical childhood, the pressure of success and winning versus losing. Regardless of whether you’re a tennis fan or otherwise, you’ll be able to relate to Sharapova’s journey (though maybe not the part about playing tennis with Serena Williams). Available in September.
Reset, Ellen Pao
Ellen Pao is best known for her work in Silicon Valley. She sued her former employer for gender discrimination and lost, but she hasn’t stopped fighting for gender equality in the workplace. Her new memoir weaves her advocacy for women and diversity with her personal experiences, from her early life to her stint as Reddit’s CEO. Not only will this book remind you of the amazing women working to make the world a better place, but it will inspire you to do the same. Available now.
Sisters, Lily Tuck
Many stories are told from the perspective from wives who have to start over after their husbands leave. What makes Sisters stand out isn’t just that it focuses on the new marriage between a husband and the woman he cheated on his first wife with, it’s that the underlying tension between the second wife and “her,” the only name we get for the first wife, pays off in a way you wouldn’t expect. Tuck’s prose is simple but powerful, and the themes will stick with you long after you’ve put this book down. Available now.
Her Body and Other Parties, Maria Machado
As we get closer to Halloween, you’ll want to delve into something a little spooky. Look no further than this short story collection. Machado has created a series of crime stories that evoke some serious Law and Order: SVU vibes, but they’re infused with supernatural happenings and science fiction staples. From a story about the plague that’s slowly consuming humanity to a store clerk finding out what the prom dresses they’re selling are actually made of… you’re going to want to read this book with the lights on. Available October 3.