Fall Reading Recommendations



by Sarai Walker

A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called "Jennifer".


by Lily King

Anthropologist Andrew Banson has been alone in the field for years, haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated by his research. Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her mercurial husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink.

The Fireman

by Joe Hill

When a bizarre virulent plague breaks out in the world's major cities, causing victims to spontaneously combust, a dedicated nurse resolves to survive until her baby is born and receives protection from a mysterious infected man who uses his fire symptoms to help others.

And I Darken

by Kiersten White

In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435--at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

The Fifth Season

by N.K. Jemisin

A first entry in a new trilogy by the award-winning author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms finds the sole continent of the earth threatened by murder, betrayal, a super-volcano and overlords who use the planet's power as a weapon.


by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Still haunted by a 17th-century witch, the townspeople of Black Spring try to contain the curse, but a group of bored, rebellious teenagers go viral with the story, in this English-language debut from the award-winning Dutch author.

The Headmaster’s Wife

By Thomas Christopher Greene

Found wandering naked and mentally traumatized in Central Park, the headmaster of an elite boarding school imparts a story that is shaped by complicated memories, the evolution of a loving relationship, and a tragedy he cannot comprehend.

The Book that Matters Most

by Ann Hood

Ava's twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group's goal is for each member to present the book that matters most to them.


by Kate Mosse

The stories of two women separated by more than a century are brought together by a series of visions that are related to the tarot and a small church, known as a Sepulchre in the grounds of the Domaine de la Cade.

Dog Days

By Elsa Watson

When Jessica Sheldon and Zoe, her newly adopted white German Shepherd, are struck by lightning and switch bodies, they must work together to set things right during Woofinstock, Madrona's annual canine festival.

Before I Go to Sleep

by S. J. Watson

An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.

Britt-Marie Was Here

by Fredrik Backman

Walking away from her loveless marriage and taking a job in a derelict, financially devastated town, 63-year-old Britt-Marie uses her fierce organizational skills to become a local soccer coach to a group of lost children, becoming a vital community member along the way..

The Passenger

by Lisa Lutz

Changing her name and appearance to flee town after leaving her husband dead, a fugitive woman forges an uneasy alliance off the grid at the side of a female bartender with whom she races from city to city to escape her past.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

By Jonas Jonasson

A disgraced priest, an ex-millionaire's grandson and a murderer newly released from prison forge an unlikely public relations and fixer company and rapidly build a clientele of rich gangsters before the former inmate discovers religion, causing his erstwhile partners to plot his death.

Wit’s End

by Karen Joy Fowler

Visiting her mystery writer godmother in California after losing her father to cancer, Rima Lanisell endeavors to learn the nature of her godmother's and father's relationship, while her godmother struggles to keep secrets from both Rima and a host of intrusive fans.

M Train

By Patti Smith

Reflections on the inner life of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and National Book Award-winning writer is presented from the unique perspectives of the cafés and cultural haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

by Peggy Orenstein

Presents an analysis of the new sexual landscape faced by girls in today's high schools and colleges, revealing hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities in girls' modern-world sex lives.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

By Sebastian Junger

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning; explains why we are stronger when we come together; and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

Anu Partanen

A Finnish journalist and naturalized American citizen compares and contrasts life in the U.S. with life in the Nordic region to encourage Americans to draw on practices from the Nordic way of life to create a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society.

Double Down: Game Change 2012

by Mark Halperin

The authors of the best-selling Game Change present an account of the 2012 presidential election that draws on hundreds of insider interviews to illuminate what the election meant to both parties, covering such topics as the dramatic Republican nomination fight, and Barack Obama's Election Day triumph.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things

by Jenny Lawson

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed - A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

by Michelle Knight

Describes the details of the abduction and decade-long captivity of one of the three survivors of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, and how she found the courage to endure unimaginable circumstances and never lose hope for the future.

Patriot Pride : My Life in the New England Dynasty

by Troy Brown

Spotlighting a New England sports icon, this authorized biography chronicles the extraordinary life and career of Troy Brown, the talented athlete who played 15 seasons with the New England Patriots.

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

A Ivy League-trained, award-winning young neurosurgeon describes his how after receiving a terminal diagnosis with lung cancer he explored the dynamics of his roles as a patient and care provider, the philosophical conundrums about a meaningful life and how he wanted to spend his final days.

Siddhartha’s Brain: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment

by James Kingsland

Looks at the science behind the ancient practices of Buddhism through the story of the spiritual life and teachings of Siddhartha, the man who would become the Buddha, and how his discoveries anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience.

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify

by Francine Jay

A redesigned and repackaged edition of the previously self-published best-seller shares the author's philosophical approaches to decluttering a home, outlining practical steps for cultivating a minimalist mindset and developing healthier organizational habits.

Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

By James R. Doty, MD

Part memoir, part science, and part practical instruction, a fascinating volume, drawing on the author’s childhood experiences during which he was taught exercises to ease his suffering and manifest his greatest desires, shows readers how they can change their lives by changing their brains and their hearts.

Alexander Hamilton

By Ron Chernow

The personal life of Alexander Hamilton, an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who rose to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States, is captured in a definitive biography.



Book Club in a Bag

If you’ve ever considered starting a book club, check out a WPL tote bag filled with eight copies of any of the titles below.  A binder with suggested discussion topics and paperwork to stay organized  is included. It’s never been easier!

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Outliers the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

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