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August 31, 2021

12 Must-Read Books For Fall 2021

Fiction and Nonfiction Picks from Nina Collins


Diane Williams, How High? — That High (Soho, August)

34 stories by a brilliant artist — 75 years old — who shows no sign of slowing down. Minimalist style, with a preoccupation with pleasure. What could be better?

From Kirkus: “Williams’ small gems are as dense and beautiful as diamonds, compressed from the carbon of daily life.”


Lauren Groff, Matrix (Riverhead, September) 

Groff (Florida, Fates & Furies, The Monsters of Templeton) brings us a wildly imaginative narrative based on the life of 12th century poet Marie de France.


Joy Williams, Harrow (Knopf, September)

In her first novel since The Quick and the Dead (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), the legendary writer takes us into an uncertain landscape after an environmental apocalypse, a world in which only the man-made has value, but some still wish to salvage the authentic.


Sally Rooney, Beautiful World, Where Are You? (FSG, September) 

The 30 year old author of Conversations With Friends and the Booker Prize-longlisted Normal People is back with another literary novel about millennials in Dublin, sure to be a huge bestseller.


Lisa Harding, Bright Burning Things (Harper, December)  

Also set in Ireland, this is a harrowing novel, told in the first person,  tackling motherhood, addiction, and redemption. Some have compared it to Shuggie Bain and it was a huge success in the UK. 


Natasha Brown, Assembly (Little Brown, September)  

This gripping first novel about race and feminism, clocking in at a slim but powerful 112 pages, tells the story of a young Black woman working at an investment bank in London. Publisher’s Weekly called it “a stunning achievement of compressed narrative and fearless articulation.”



Anita Hill, Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (Viking, September) 

Hard to believe it’s been thirty years, right? A look at the systemic problem that is gender-based violence, and the ways in which our universities and workplaces normalize aggression. Hill also looks here at how racist stereotypes lead to the dismissal of allegations made by WOC, and throughout she weaves in her own experience, including her feelings about the Kavanaugh hearings.


Ann Patchett, These Precious Days (Harper, November) 

Moving essay collection by one of America’s favorite novelists (State of Wonder, Commonwealth, Bel Canto) on “what I needed, what I could let go, and how much energy the letting go would take.”


Katie Couric, Going There  (October, Little Brown) 

How fun will this be? For more than forty years, Couric has been an iconic presence in the media world, and in this promised-to-be brutally honest, hilarious, heartbreaking memoir, she reveals what was going on behind the scenes of her sometimes tumultuous personal and professional life. We can’t wait!


Andrea Elliott, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City (October, Random House) 

From Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Andrea Elliott, an unforgettable narrative about homelessness, poverty, and racism in an unequal America. The book weaves the story of eight years in the life of a young girl named Dasani with the history of her family, tracing the passage of their ancestors from slavery to the Great Migration north. As Dasani comes of age, the homeless crisis in New York City has exploded amid the deepening chasm between rich and poor. 


Amia Srinivasan, The Right to Sex (FSG, September) 

A book by a leftist academic philosopher about inclusionary politics that dwells in the ambivalence between two truths: that sex is both intimate and personal and should be protected from moral inquisition, but that sex is also a social and political force that is shaped by and shapes our politics and thus our public lives.


Joy Harjo, Poet Warrior: A Memoir (Norton, September) 

Blending poetry, philosophy, and nonlinear narrative, US poet laureate Harjo (Crazy Brave) reflects and gives tribute to her Creek Nation family. Her mother, a talented orator,  and other maternal figures are really the life of this gorgeous book.


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