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Fall 2021 Books to Read This Fall

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I’m not alone in saying this, but I relish reading a few pages before calling it a night.  There is nothing better than setting the scene with a lit candle, a book in hand, and dimmed lighting to soothe and wind me down for rest. Who wouldn’t crave a juicy story at the end of the day?

Cooler weather is on its way, and these books are stacked, ready to unveil mystery, drama, romance, and growth. Similar to listening to songs, there are books that are on repeat, and for very good reasons. Not only have I read Gabriel García Márquez’s One Years of Solitude, but I’ve read it more times than I can remember. It’s an overall memorable book that comes highly recommended.

Explore this season’s books with some goodies, and of course, a nice cocktail. Cheers!

 

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

 

 

Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

 

I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist by Betty Halbreich

She is trusted by the most discriminating persons—including Hollywood’s top stylists—to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation from a cosseted young girl to fearless truth-teller is the greatest makeover of her career.

 

 

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.

 

 

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

 

 

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War and As Bright as Heaven comes a gripping novel about the bonds of friendship and mother love, and the power of female solidarity.

 

 

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors – Indigenous, Black, and white – in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story, and the song, of America itself.

 

 

Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang

In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light.

 

 

The Sisters of Auschwitz by Roxane van Iperen

Based on meticulous research and unprecedented access to the Brilleslijpers’ personal archives of memoirs and photos, Sisters of Auschwitz is a long-overdue homage to two young women’s heroism and moral bravery—and a reminder of the power each of us has to change the world.

 

 

 

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits – whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress or achieve any other goal.

 

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendiá family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad and alive with unforgettable men and women—brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul—this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

 

 

Food and the City by Ina Yalof

Ina Yalof takes us on one hell of an insider’s journey into New York’s pulsating food scene alongside the men and women who call it home. It’s a fascinating oral history with an unforgettable gallery of New Yorkers who embody the heart and soul of a culinary world.

       
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