Welcome back we heart this readers both new and old. We hope you were able to enjoy a few last hours in the sun over the unofficial “last weekend of summer.” Because today, even if the thermometer disagrees, everyone feels summer is oh-ver and fall is here. And while schools all over the nation have new (in some area, even year round) schedules, this week, to me, is officially Back to School time. Which also means: a bunch of brand new books (brand new to me at least – a second hand copy or a library loaner is always great).
It must be nostalgia for vast and quiet libraries and bustling student bookstores, but I always treat myself and pick up a few new(ish) books at this time of the year to indulge in a little autumn reading. Here are the books at the top of my wish list for Fall 2010:
Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work by Tim Gunn
I can’t believe an advice book written by a reality show personality tops my wishlist; but then again Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame is no mere reality star. Mr. Gunn (I feel presumptuous calling him Tim) is light years removed from most of the loud and obnoxious “celebrities” that have emerged from the genre – and I love him for it. But I am dying to see him show a little bitchy snark and dish a few secrets – which seems to be the case in this just released book. Thanks to celebitchy for sharing a number of fabulously catty and dishy (we’re talking Michael Kors level bitchery) quotes, including this gem on designer Isaac Mizrahi, “Don’t even get me started on Isaac Mizrahi. In my view, he’s one of the world’s biggest divas. One time, I saw Isaac throw a fit about a security guard from the second-floor showroom at Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Times Square offices. Why, you may ask? Was the guard stealing? Harassing guests? Showing up late? No, he was wearing brown. Can you imagine having your senses so offended by a color that it provokes such an extreme reaction?… Oh, please, I was so kind to him. I mean, I wouldn’t have the words to describe some of the more abhorrent behavior. He really is a terrible, terrible, terrible person.”
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
It’s been almost 10 years since this lesser known but so deserving of fame and fortune author wowed me with her debut novel (An Invisible Sign of My Own) and collection of short stories (The Girl in the Flammable Skirt) and the contrast of her soft, almost lyrical writing style contrasted with her melancholy characters. I’m on pins and needles to read her latest and hoping to catch her appearance at the Weho Book Fest!
Faithful Place by Tana French
Something about the work of Tana French, from the perpetually autumn feeling of the Dublin country side to the noir-ish vibe of her tightly paced mysteries, seems just perfect for fall reading. This new novel follows murder investigator Frank Mackey (first introduced in French’s second novel The Likeness) facing down his old demons in his hometown and “investigating the cold case of the just-discovered body of his teenage girlfriend.” I can’t wait to drink something warm, wrap myself in a blanket and crack this book open on the first chilly day of the season!
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
OMG YA fans, finally, it’s the highly anticipated final book of the Hunger Games trilogy! Suitable for the teen girl in your life or just the young at heart, this sci-fi meets YA trilogy has it all – action, romance, family, friendship, fashion, and lots of twists and turns. Not to mention a heroine that thinks on her feet, can kick ass when needed and sometimes comes to the rescue of the young men -a useless pretty swan she is not.
Can’t spring for the latest hardbacks? For the frugal minded, here’s a few wht approved books that are just hitting the shelves in paperbook form:
• Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger – one of the most anticipated sophomore novels of recent time, check out the next one from the author of The Time-Traveler’s Wife.
• Rat Girl: A Memoir by Kristen Hersh of Throwing Muses – a look at the year of her life when she was diagnosed as bi-polar.
• Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall – catch up on the writing style of the incredible Kazuo Ishiguro (book release date September 21st) with this collection of short stories before his mind blowing novel “Never Let Me Go” hits theaters.
• Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter – the long out of print memoir from the country legend is being re-released on September 21st.
Readers – what is on your reading list for the fall? Share your top picks in the comments.
Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.
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