The Top 8 Books to Read This Fall

top 8 books to read this fall

This fall brings dozens of new memoirs, thrillers and biographies for readers everywhere, but unfortunately you simply don’t have the time to read everything.

Whether you’re enjoying the last few warm days in the park or spending a rainy afternoon indoors, the New York Times, together with AARP’s top books of the year, have provided a list of great books to help you get inspired and learn something new.

Your Fall Reading List

The Patient’s Playbook, by Leslie Michelson. This book is about navigating the world of doctors, second opinions and insurance for anyone who wants to be prepared for any type of health crisis. “A primer on making the right moves as an active participant in your health care” – Kirkus Reviews

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale follows the stories of two young people during resistance movements in German-occupied France during WWII. “You’ll race through, fingers crossed for their safety.” – St. Martin’s Press

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Written as a letter to his son, Coates explores what is meant to grow up black in a country built on slave labor in this powerful novel.

H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald. Macdonald is a poet, historian and a falconer who wrote this memoir after the death of her father. Seeking solace, she decides to train a young goshawk. Through this journey she grieves for her father and finds comfort in the nature around her.

The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World, by Scott L. Montgomery. You can read about how capitalism, socialism, evolution and liberal democracy broke decisively with the past. The book is a “solid, idea-rich examination of how formative 18th– and 19th-century ideas germinated into the belief systems that have governed the 20th and 21st centuries” – Publishers Weekly

After Birth, by Elisa Albert. A story of motherhood and friendship that is raw and devastating, this novel grapples with issues such as feminism, identity and survival.

Descent, by Tim Johnston. A mystery/thriller about a young woman who goes missing on a family vacation in the Rocky Mountains, and her father, who stops at nothing to find her. “Tim Johnston has written a book that makes Gone Girl seem gimmicky. Descent is a thriller plus.” – National Public Radio

A Momentary Glory: Last Poems, by Harvey Shapiro. A beautiful collection of poetry addressing such topics as age, illness and mortality. The poems relay stories of Shapiro’s romantic relationships, his service in WWII and his relationships with several other famous beat poets.

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