New Fall Books I’m Excited About

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Fall means tons of new book releases! My inbox is overflowing with press releases.  I get so excited about new books, but the culling through a huge list can be daunting. Never fear, I’m here for you. Your to-be-read list is about to get long and I’m not sorry at all. (ha!)

I dug through my inbox to share some newly released (or soon to be) books that caught my eye:


My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg: 
As a southern gal who’s Vietnamese American, I’m always interested in fellow southerners’ stories.

“..winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Bragg, comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the south.

Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, he explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions’ varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions from college football and fishing, to mayonnaise and spoonbread, to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook.”

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park: It’s important to read about experiences like Park’s. I’d rather read about North Korea from someone who has actually experienced instead of a fictional account from a white (cough) Pulitzer Prize winning man.

“Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape.”


The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein by Antoinette May: Mary Shelley is considered a pioneer of science fiction.  Most only know her the author of Frankenstein, but there’s more to her life, as retold in this fictional account. (Releases on Sept 29)

“The daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley had an unconventional childhood populated with the most talented and eccentric personalities of the time. After losing her mother at an early age, she finds herself in constant conflict with a resentful stepmother and a jealous stepsister. When she meets the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she falls deeply in love, and they elope with disastrous consequences. Soon she finds herself destitute and embroiled in a torturous love triangle as Percy takes Mary’s stepsister as a lover. Over the next several years, Mary struggles to write while she and Percy face ostracism, constant debt, and the heartbreaking deaths of three children. Ultimately, she achieves great acclaim for Frankenstein, but at what cost?”


Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson: Short stories are perfect for me when my workload is heavy. It’s hard to immerse myself in a long book when I’ve got looming deadlines. Hopkinson is a new to me sci-fi fantasy author. Can’t wait to dig in!

“Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as having “an imagination that most of us would kill for,” World Fantasy Award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring) is a critically-acclaimed storyteller. Her distinctive Afro-Carribean, Canadian, and American influences are revealed in stories that are filled with striking imagery, beauty, and strangeness.

Falling in Love with Hominids presents over a dozen years of Hopkinson’s new, uncollected fiction, including one original piece. Whether she is retelling The Tempest as a Caribbean myth, filling a shopping mall with unfulfilled ghosts, or releasing chickens that unpredictably breathe fire, Hopkinson is an author of myriad gifts and much to offer.”


The Guilty One by Sophie Littlefield: I love it when a book blurb grabs me right away. I think I’ll pack this book to read during my flight next week!

“A man stands on the Golden Gate Bridge, poised to jump…if a woman on the other end of the phone tells him to.

Maris’s safe suburban world was shattered the day her daughter was found murdered, presumably at the hands of the young woman’s boyfriend. Her marriage crumbling, her routine shattered, Maris walks away from her pampered life as a Bay Area mom the day she receives a call from Ron, father of her daughter’s killer. Wracked with guilt over his son’s actions (and his own possible contribution to them), he asks Maris a single question: should he jump?”

What new books are you excited about? 

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  1. September 20, 2015
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