252. Books & Beyond: Reading is Alive and Well This Fall

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Barrington Area Librarian Liz Kirchhoff's Recommended Reads for Fall

The temperature is dropping and the fall season is in full swing.  If you love to cozy up by the fire with a great book, Barrington Area Librarian Liz Kirchhoff has put together a list including some of this season’s hottest new book releases for the library’s latest entry in Books & Beyond, our regular series about reading, events and library news at 365Barrington.com.

New Season, New Reads

by Liz Kirchhoff, Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library

Who ever said books are dead? Apparently publishers (and librarians) didn’t get the memo.

Anyone who thinks books and reading are dead hasn't been paying attention to the publishers and libraries!
Anyone who thinks books and reading are dead hasn’t been paying attention to the publishers and libraries!

This fall the lists are absolutely packed with new releases by authors we know and love, as well as authors we’ll probably hear a lot more from in the future.

Barrington Area Librarian Liz Kirchhoff's Recommended Reads for Fall
Barrington Area Librarian Liz Kirchhoff’s Recommended Reads for Fall

It would take way more space than we have to cover all of them (and way more time than you have to read about them), so here’s a quick and dirty list of some of the hottest book releases this fall…

Post 250 - Stephen King - Dr. SleepDoctor Sleep

by Stephen King

Finally! At long last, Stephen King has finished his sequel to The Shining.

This one is called Doctor Sleep and it promises to be just as creepy as the first.

King is heralding this one as his return to true horror, so keep the lights on.

It came out on September 24 and has been flying off our shelves, so get your holds in now!


Post 250 - MaddAddamMaddAddam

by Margaret Atwood

In news of other long-awaited sequels, Margaret Atwood finishes up the trilogy she started with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood with MaddAddam.

It promises lots of dramatic, dystopian goodness. Still one copy on shelf as of this writing…



Post 250 - We are Water by Wally LambWe Are Water

by Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb is back with We Are Water, a portrait of how a family copes with gay marriage and the coming out of their beloved mother.

At 576 pages it’s a doorstopper, but we have a feeling that Lamb enthusiasts won’t mind one bit.

It will be released on October 22.



Post 250 - Valley of Amazement by Amy TanThe Valley of Amazement

by Amy Tan

Speaking of doorstoppers, Amy Tan’s new novel The Valley of Amazement weighs in at a not inconsequential 608 pages.

Due to be released on November 5, this one looks like it’ll be nothing short of an epic saga covering the lives of two women in a constantly evolving China.



Post 250 - The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertThe Signature of All Things

by Elizabeth Gilbert

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with the story of the Whittaker family, one of the richest in the country.

At its heart is the story of scientist Alma and her husband Ambrose, an artist.

It looks like there’ll be something here for everyone: travel, adventure, science, art, and romance. Again, this one is leaping off the shelves here at BALibrary.


Post 250 - The Lowland by Jhumpa LahiriThe Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Beloved book club author Jhumpa Lahiri is back with The Lowland, a novel of two brothers in India.

Udayan is passionate about politics while Subhash is devoted to science and study. When Udayan meets an untimely end, Subhash must return to India to bring his family back together. We just put this on the shelves last week and right now, we have one copy available out of 14!

Maybe you’re in the mood for nonfiction? Plenty of new titles there, too!

Post 250 - David and Goliath by Malcolm GladwellDavid and Goliath

by Malcolm Gladwell

One of the biggest nonfiction releases this year will probably be Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

It focuses on how disadvantages aren’t always bad, and can actually often help us. It will arrive here at the library any minute now!



Post 250 - Hero by Rhonda ByrneHero

by Rhonda Byrne

If you were a big fan of The Secret, you might want to check out Hero by Rhonda Byrne, all about fulfilling your dreams and finding your purpose.

Look for this one on November 19.



Post 250 - Wilson by A. Scott BergWilson

by A Scott Berg

One of the most hyped biographies of the year is Wilson, by A. Scott Berg.

Years in the making, this exhaustive biography of Woodrow Wilson already has lots of hype and is proving popular with Barrington area readers.




Lest you thought we were exaggerating about the number of big authors with books coming out in the next few months, here’s a small sampling: Sue Grafton, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Connelly, Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans, Patricia Cornwell, Nelson DeMille, Dean Koontz, Jo Nesbo, Danielle Steel, Ann Rule, John Sandford, and JD Robb.

We’re sure there are more, but we’re running out of room! We’ve got copies of all of these and more on their way. Check our catalog and place your holds!

So, what did we miss? What are you looking forward to this fall?

Post 300 - Barrington Area Librarian Liz KirchhoffAbout the Author

Liz Kirchhoff is an Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library.

She loves traveling, crafting, LEGOs, and books.

Check out what Liz is reading now at: goodreads.com/review/list/1196693.

At the library, Liz loves helping people find their next favorite book, as well as answering questions about social media and devices.

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