Boston booksellers look forward to 25 books this fall


Time to buy blankets, candles and a bunch of fresh readings.

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The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler, and you may be too late to get a leaf peek at one of the best Airbnbs. It’s time to transition into fall mode, and if you haven’t finished reading the Beach Reads that started in May, turn the page — as a slew of new fall arrivals are on the way.

We asked booksellers at All She Wrote Books, Porter Square Books, Harvard Book Store and Trident Booksellers to tell us which books they are most looking forward to this fall.Below, peruse their 25 picks, from Celeste Ng’s latest novel, to a scientific memoir about puppies, to Ovid’s latest translation abnormal.

contemporary fiction

Carrie Soto is back Taylor Jenkins Reid

August 30

Fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid won’t be disappointed with her latest novel.The story centers on Carrie Soto, who some may remember as a minor character in the film The rise of Malibu, for her comeback in elite tennis. Readers will both support the great Carrie Soto and be enraged by the book until the very end to put it down. –Courtney Flynn, Trident Booksellers

everyone by Candace Carty-Williams

September 13

I inhaled this book in a day and I think I’m going to reread it now. everyone It’s a second grade novel by Candice Carty-Williams, and I really enjoyed her bringing us into life at Penningtons. Dimple Pennington, an influencer who isn’t really an influencer, is also an only child, not technically an only child. About a decade ago, five children from four different mothers met as half-siblings, who never had much connection until Dimple needed them, and they all popped into her life.If you read and love my sister serial killerr and Mr. Loveman, I’m almost sure you’ll thoroughly enjoy Williams’ latest book. –Christina Pascucci-Champa, all her books

sign here Claudia Lux

October 25

A darkly humorous, surprisingly poignant, and totally gripping debut about a man working in hell (literally) who gets a big boost if he can get another member of a wealthy family to sell their souls job. It’s a dark comedy with a murder mystery and some dysfunctional family drama – the kind of book you’ll want to start from scratch when you’re done! –Christina Pascucci-Champa, all her books

Kiss Her Once For Me: A Novel by Alison Cochran

November 1

This book is so fun!This is a holiday retelling of rom-com when you are sleeping It has an excellent aromatic, non-binary and queer performance. This is a book I can easily re-read every vacation or winter when I need something. –Christina Pascucci-Champa, all her books


Hungry House by Alexis Henderson

September 27

Gorgeous and atmospheric, it’s everything I want from a gothic non-vampire vampire novel – decadent decadence, brutal and hypnotizing tenderness. Absolutely breathtaking. –Potter Square Books

self portrait with nothing by Aimee Pokwatka

October 18

A detective novel and two solemn literary reflections, self portrait with nothing It will put you in the throes of existential fear. We all dream of tangent lines in our lives that will never materialize, but this novel gently but firmly asks the reader to consider the desperation a person can engender from these preoccupations. The story manages to keep you entertained, while also reminding you that while your roots are important, the only way to live meaningfully is to stay present on your own journey. –Melissa Sagandorf, Harvard Bookstore

white horse Author: Erika T. Wurth

November 1

An urban native who loves metal music and diving bars, meets the spirit of her mother and must solve her mysterious disappearance twenty years ago. A tense, tight ghost story with a lot of fear, but not too much gore. –Brad Lennon, Harvard Bookstore

historical fiction

marriage portrait by Maggio Farrell

September 6

One of the best books I’ve read recently, marriage portrait One is a tense thriller, one is a historical novel, one is a literary triumph. Set in Renaissance Italy, the story tells the story of the young and devious Duchess Lucrezia. Maggie O’Farrell is a master of detail and description, and you’ll be swept away. –Courtney Flynn, Trident Booksellers

Foul Lady Luck Chloe Gong

September 27

Presented in an all-new cinematic style that takes you through hopeful and heartbreaking times, Lady Luck and her crew will make you think you’re safe from destruction as if they reached out to take your heart out of yours. The chest was dug out directly. This book is truly, in every sense, an absolute miracle. –Potter Square Books

Dystopian Fiction and Fantasy

our missing heart by Celeste Ng

October 4

A devastating economic collapse brought America to its knees, and the xenophobic PACT (Protection of American Culture and Tradition) agreement was passed. Anyone protesting, especially Asian-Americans, runs the risk of incarceration and deportation. A young boy from Cambridge must risk everything to find his mother, who may or may not be a resistance leader. –Brad Lennon, Harvard Bookstore

if you can see the sun Author: Liang An

October 11

Liang An’s debut novel is a poignant coming-of-age novel about growing pains, set in an elite academy in Beijing. Telling two high-achieving students and their plight in a secret sales business, this is a story about class, privilege, and what it means to fall in love with a world and people that aren’t yours. –Potter Square Books

short story

if i survive Jonathan Escoffier

September 6

A riveting saga about a Jamaican-American immigrant family, this series grabs you with a ferocity that never falters. The ebb and flow of the story takes you through some of the harshest social environments the characters have to endure, including the ugliness of racism, classism, and poverty. While human vulnerability is always at the center, this is ultimately a story about buoyancy, resilience, and the passions needed to survive. –Melissa Sagandorf, Harvard Bookstore

Happiness Montage by Ling Ma

September 13

A collection of novel stories from the author Severance payIn these stories, a woman lives with her husband and her hundred ex-boyfriends, another woman has a one-night stand with a snowman, and a mother and daughter realize they see the same thing in completely different ways. . –Brad Lennon, Harvard Bookstore

perfect crime Wasim Khan

November 1

An excellent collection of short stories by mystery writers of color from around the world. The work of Oyinkan Braithwaite (“My Serial Killer Sister”) is amazing. –Potter Square Books


Year of the puppy Alexandra Horowitz

September 20

As the owner of Ruby, a 7-month-old tricolor Pembroke Welsh corgi (who is also the bookstore’s mascot), I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction books about dogs lately.but Year of the puppy Has to be the most enjoyable, engaging and engaging work I’ve read so far! From the time Quid was born to the end of his first year, Horowitz tracked his physical and emotional development. This book is very engaging and very enjoyable to read. –Christina Pascucci-Champa, all her books

swamps, swamps and swamps Annie Proux

September 27

author bark and Shipping News Focus on wetlands to explore the historical exploitation of the natural world by humans. Reclamation or further destruction of these places could be life and death. –Brad Lennon, Harvard Bookstore

horse at night by Amina Kane

October 11

A smart person writes smart things about smart books. Intellectual delight for passionate readers. –Potter Square Books


it comes from the closet Joe Wallace

October 4

Honestly, get your popcorn for this book as it features countless queer writers presenting their findings and ties to horror movies like Jordan Peele’s us and go out, halloween, exorcistand my favorites, Jennifer’s body. The articles in this book cover the LGBTQIA spectrum and the diversity of voices we hear is fantastic. Pick this book out for the spooky Halloween season – you’re in for a hell of a treat! –Christina Pascucci-Champa, all her books

excited joy Ross Guy

October 25

This new series is a thorough defense of joy! excited joy A love letter to celebration and wonder. I feel drawn to this work, seen and inspired. In a world that seems to lack these things, that kind of love, beauty and hope is possible. a victory. –Hannah Wolf, Harvard Bookstore


Year of the Tiger by Alice Huang

September 6

Inspiring and eye-opening, this book challenges all able-bodied people to face how inaccessible the world is to people with disabilities. Through a mix of images, essays, and interviews, Alice Wong humorously describes how, despite ADA and “the best” intentions, the world is not for the less able-bodied. I am so grateful for the work Alice Wong and her troublemakers are doing to protect themselves and future generations with disabilities, while still honoring the names of those who came before them. –Christina Pascucci-Champa, all her books

Fartas Cecilia Gentile

October 4

A uniquely intimate and powerful story of recovery and rebuilding from childhood trauma. This will be a difficult book for many to read, but Gentili rewards readers with a view of their true self that is valuable to any identity. –Potter Square Books


live at the end of the world by Syed Jones

September 13

I first learned about Syed Jones’ writing in his memoirs How we fight for our lives and fell in love with him instantly. Sayed’s prose doesn’t disappoint, and his latest collection of poetry touches on current topics, grief, and black legend. all here. –Christina Pascucci-Champa, all her books

find her. keep her. by Renada Williams

September 27

Similar to Rupi Kaur’s poetry, Renaada Williams expresses a deep, raw and complex view of the world through her poetry. I couldn’t put down this book and found myself in the pages of this book. –Christina Pascucci-Champa, all her books

abnormal Ovid (translated by Stephanie McCarter)

October 25

The perfect excuse to revisit Ovid abnormal. Stephanie McCarter’s translation is gorgeous and flamboyant, retaining the poetic backbone of Ovid’s epic without falling into the awkward trap of translating classic poetry into English.McCarter candidly examines abnormalmaking it the perfect companion for Emily Wilson Odyssey and Caroline Alexander’s Iliad. –Potter Square Books

The world keeps ending, the world goes on by Franny Choi

November 1

Choi’s kaleidoscopic gaze reveals disaster after disaster, setting our unprecedented times in context. Given the fractal vastness of the disaster, we all want to survive somehow, like trying to hold a ball of molten glass with our bare hands. In order to be fully alive in this world, you have to do this. There is no option not to hold the glass. Choi’s work in this book doesn’t cool the glass, but it gives you oven mitts: for now, at least, you can hold it and see. –Potter Square Books

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