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So far, September has been about shining light on backlist books here on BLP, but don’t you worry, I have also been dutifully compiling my list of new releases not to miss this Fall.
Even though it is still hot as all get-out here in Texas, a Fall book list such as this calls for a Fall recipe pairing, don’t you think? Don’t mind if I do! Try this Hearty Fall Turkey Chili alongside any of these buzzy Fall new release titles. It’s meaty, rich and honestly unlike any other turkey chili I have had before.
I am *pretty* excited about these eight books and publishers *might* be sick of my numerous emails asking (begging) for advance copies. Only a few have been granted to date. I am nothing if not persistent.
Without further adieu, here are the buzziest new release books topping my list for Fall 2019.
Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott (Knopf, Sept 17): Two women working for the CIA help to smuggle the manuscript for Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR in this historical fiction that is getting quite the buzz lately. Historical fiction is high up on my list of preferred genres, and I welcome the opportunity to read one that is not set during World War 2.
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (Grand Central, Oct 1): I adored Chbosky’s novel Perks of Being a Wallflower and have been begging for an advance copy of his new one. Alas, it is not likely in the cards for me, and I will have to get it and read it with everyone else. It’s about a little boy who vanishes and when he returns, he has a voice in his head that only he can hear. It’s a bit of a departure from Wallflower and at 720 pages, it’s a bit of a doorstop, but that has never stopped me before.
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, Oct 15 ): This is a continuation Olive Kitteredge, Strout’s Pulitzer-winning novel released in 2008. I read that one years ago and while this kind of book is not normally my cup of tea, I absolutely adored the writing, touching stories, interesting perspective and how she tied it all together with one, fairly run of the mill, unremarkable woman. I am in for the sequel.
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me by Adreinne Brodeur (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 15): Two words – juicy memoir. Fourteen-year-old Adrienne spends several of her formative years helping facilitate her mother’s affair with a married man. I hear there is a movie in the works. Even though I can feel the judgment bubbling up in me just from reading the premise, I am still finding it hard to resist this one.
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco, Oct 29): The completely weird premise for this one has me totally intrigued. Lillian, a 28-year old store clerk living in her mother’s attic, is called on to help her rich friend take care of her two step-children. Oddly, they have the trait of catching on fire whenever they are upset. Nothing to see here? I can’t wait to look.
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Grand Central, Nov 15): I recently read and loved Cahalan’s first book, Brain on Fire, and I have been hearing nothing but good things so far about this one. The premise is so fascinating. In the 1970’s, a group of researchers went undercover into asylums and what they found forever changed the face of treatment for mental illness in America. This one seems both important AND captivating which is a rare but wonderful combination.
Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard (Minotaur, Dec 3) In the town of Burning Lake, rookie cop Natalie Lockhart is tasked with a missing persons case involving “the missing nine.” While she is investigating, she comes face to face with a grisly murder and as she plunges deeper into the case, she uncovers some strange clues. I have an eARC of this one through NetGalley (thanks to the publisher for my copy in exchange for my honest review). Normally, I would put it off reading and reviewing for at least a month so I can release my thoughts closer to pub day in December. However, I am throwing that rule out the window and reading this one NOW.
Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters (Crooked Lane, Dec 10th) In this story with a premise reminsicent of I Know What You Did Last Summer, a woman’s haunting past threatens to come back and make her pay. Murderous ghosts and women fascinated by serial killers and the macabre…sign me up.