Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Reading List

Hope you all enjoyed some of my picks for summer reading! If you've already breezed through the beach reads, you will love my picks for fall. There's something about the weather getting cooler, leaves turning colors, and wearing cozy sweaters -- just gets me in the mood for snuggling up with a book and hot apple cider. Fall is the perfect season for burying your nose in your kindle!

Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro is set on a beach house in Long Island, where a group of thirty-something year olds gather together for a summer weekend away. This is a highly anticipated debut novel, and it does not disappoint. It's mostly about the complex issues faced in adulthood - the burdens on friendship, marriage, family life and sex. There is an undercurrent of love in many forms, that of friendship, parental love and romance. Great read. 

I'll be Right There by Kyung-Sook Shin is by the same author of Please Look After Mom, which I loved. This focuses on the tumultuous young life of the main character, Jung Yoon, who is an intelligent woman with a intense past. As she recounts this period of her life, she revisits the death of her mother, the strong bond she has with her professor, and her first love. Themes of isolation, friendship, east-west, love and loss are disclosed with extreme insight and care.

Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Coles is about a Nigerian New Yorker who goes back to Lagos for a visit, and sees things with new eyes. Similar to Americanah (my review here) in many ways, I was hooked on this novel right from the start. As this young man re-discovers and re-connects with his homeland, he finds himself in the midst of the tragedy, corruption, passion that is present day Nigeria. The writing is superb and palpable -- you will be engrossed. 

Bark by Lorrie Moore is a funny and heartwarming set of short stories written by one of the best American writers. Mostly about relationships, humanity and daily life - but with a narrative that is at once wise and amused. I only just started this book but am already blown away by the great writing. 

Family Life by Akhil Sharma is next on my list of must-read books. The story is of a family's emigration from Delhi to New York, where Ajay, the main character and narrator, is trying to assimilate into American Life. The twist comes when his brother suffers permanent brain damage and Ajay must assume the survivor's guilt and take on the family's expectations of success and accomplishment in America. I can't wait to dive into this one, which has gotten rave reviews!

What are you planning to read this fall? I'd love to hear any recommendations! 

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