Old Town Books in Alexandria, VA. Photo by Matt Carr.
What’s better than curling up with a good book on a crisp autumn day? We asked booksellers in the DC area what books they’re happy to open this season, from fantasy romances to mathematical analysis. Here’s their pick for your reading list.
Ally Kirkpatrick, owner of Old Town Books
Kirkpatrick is reading Louise Kennedy’s debut novel this fall intrusion. This is a character-oriented book about a young woman’s life in Belfast in the 1970s, which is both political and personal.You can get lost in this book,” Kirkpatrick said.
Jen McDivitt, Politics and Prose Division Director
In honor of spooky season, McDivitt is reading contemporary fantasy illuminator by Susan Dennard. “This time of year, I love to read magical romances or fantasies,” McDivitt said. “They’re very comfortable and escapist.” To join the ancient order guarding her town, protagonist Winnie Wednesday enlists the help of bad boy (and her former best friend) Jay Friday.
Zachary Green, Manager of Second Story Books
Anything by Seanan McGuire is Green’s first choice, but now he’s taking it seasonal fear-Onen Appropriate title for fall transition. Green issued a warning: McGuire “goes deep into your soul and destroys it, and then sets you back up.” According to Green, the characters will make you laugh and cry.
Rachel Holm, bookseller at Old Town Bookstore
Anton Bogomazov, Book Buyer of Politics and Prose
Bogomazov excited about Manil Suri’s analytical reading Digital Big Bang. Suri – a Silver Spring novelist and mathematician – explores the idea that we can build the universe using mathematics alone.Bogomazov Also try rereading Lord of the Rings every fall. “Sit down for a drink, read a big book, it’s just a few things,” he said.
Jonny TeklitEmployees at Lost City Books
Teklit is excited excited joy Ross Gay’s collection of essays on how joy and sorrow are connected at all times. “I love poetry, and I love the poet’s foray into prose fiction—it’s really cool,” Teklit said. The book was published on October 25th.
Noell Sottile, Volunteer Bookseller at Lantern
Sottile is excited to travel again, and her reading list reflects that sentiment.Now, she’s reading Bill Bryson’s article to prepare for Australia in a sunburned countryIn this book, Bryson chronicles the discoveries he made during his trip to Australia, and the people he met along the way. “I’m looking forward to going, but I’m not sure if I’m going to get sunburned while I’m there,” Sottile said.
Donna Wells, Director of Children and Youth Politics and Essays
Wells is reading artificial monster, written Illustration by Andrea Rogers and Jeff Edwards. Featuring werewolves, vampires, and zombies, as well as deeper themes of deprivation, the YA novel tells the story of the Cherokee family through the centuries. “I usually shy away from horror, but this one caught my eye,” Wells said.
Joy A. Thornton, Volunteer Bookseller at Lantern
As an art historian, Thornton was drawn to art-themed books.she looks forward to reading Sargent and Spain Written by Elaine Kilmurray, Richard Louis Ormond and Sarah Cash.One exhibit The text-based work is currently on display at the National Gallery, including more than 120 paintings, watercolors and drawings. “The academics who wrote the book gave presentations, and they were fantastic,” said Thornton, who described the exhibition as a “humdinger.”