Many people might believe summer to be the season of leisurely reading, but we’re of the firm opinion that literary consumption is a year-round activity. As the leaves change color and the weather cools down, could anything really be better that curling up in bed with a good book?
Here are some books you should definitely add to your list this fall:
Anticipated New Release:
Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling
We could have listed one of the many (and we do mean many) dark, artistic novels that are headed to bookshelves this fall, but as we head into another semester of school (and another quarter at work) it’s possible what we all really need is a good laugh. Mindy Kaling promises that and more in her new novel, which will be released on September 15th—the same day season four of The Mindy Project airs on Hulu. Eek! We can’t wait!
The Beautiful Bureaucrat
by Helen Phillips
We all have our routines that get us through the day, but have you ever paused to think about why you do what you do? This book will resonate, and resonate hard, with anyone who’s ever worked a 9-to-5 or felt chained to a desk, but not before the story takes a few dark and bizarre turns.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
You’ve probably never heard of Henrietta Lacks, but she made one of the most important medical contributions of all time…and without ever knowing it.
Henrietta was a black woman dying from cervical cancer in a 1950s Baltimore hospital bed when doctors took samples of her cells without her knowledge or consent. Those cells have led to groundbreaking medical discoveries like the polio vaccine and in vitro fertilization, but Lacks and her family never saw a cent of the billion dollar profits.
By far the most important book you’ll read this season, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks beautifully weaves together scientific research and personal narratives, telling a story of medical discovery and the politics of 20th century black America.
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Widely believed to be a loose autobiography for its author, Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar follows a brilliant young woman’s descent into insanity. Not the happiest piece of fiction you’ll come across, but an important piece of literature and just the book you’ll want to read in autumn with a blanket and a cup of tea.
Work & Creativity:
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is the next big release for Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the national bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. No pressure, right? Gilbert’s book is about just that—the stifling pressure to succeed. The book, which encourages readers to cast off said pressure in order to fearlessly tap into their creative sides, is set to release on September 22nd.