Now that the kids are back in school and the weather is cooling down in some parts of the country, you might finally be able to find an extra 30-mintues to cozy up to a good book. We asked around for picks for books to read this fall, and here’s what they selected:
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: Amazing book about one woman who after death made huge contributions to research. It will challenge your thinking on whether people should be remunerated for their physical, genetic contributions to research and about the role of profit in science.
- The Boys in the Boat; Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown. If you did not get enough from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, then this is the book for you. This bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany. Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: Written in 1941 it is truly one of the best mystery books where a group of people are lured to an island under different pretexts and gradually all ten are killed, each in a manner that seems to parallel the deaths in a nursery rhyme. We don’t want to give away the story, but read it. You’ll love it.
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: This book is simply amazing. It chronicles a young salve’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum south. It’s an Oprah Book Club pick, so you know you there is something special about this book and the author Colson Whitehead.
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: This book spans five decades and explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of four parents and six children. You won’t want to put this book down.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: This book is a masterpiece. It tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.
- Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns by Mark Lubratt and illustrations by Sara Weingartner: Okay, this is our book. And, yes, we know it’s a kid’s book, but you know we couldn’t put a fall book list together without including it. This book will be more appropriate for you to read and engage with your little one, but it definitely is a good read. It’s about Buffy, a young buffalo who is feeling a little ignored and wants more freedom like the older animals. She falls to sleep and meets the Zoonicorns. Read more about the book.
- Someone Could Get Hurt; A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood, by Drew Magary: If you want to laugh, hello, this is the book for you. It’s all about parenting in the 21st-century, the evolution of the Helicopter Dad, and other hilarious stories.
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