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Fall Reading

With the first chill of autumn in the air, we are looking forward to curling up with a great book and a hot cuppa this fall. Here are some of the books on our Fall Reading Lists.



Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt

“Norse Myth written by A.S. Byatt? I’m intrigued.”

Into the Silence by Wade Davis

“It’s about all my heros but set in the history of the Great Wars.”

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

“I really enjoyed Middlesex so have been looking forward to his latest.”



The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

“Did you know that in the Victorian era flowers held certain meanings and a bouquette could be loaded with a secret code? In Diffenbagh’s debut novel, a Lisbeth Salander-esque protagonist used the Victorian language of flowers to interact with people in her troubled life in modern-day San Francisco.”

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh

“I’ve been looking forward to the second installment of Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy ever since reading Sea of Poppies. This novel, set in the Indian Ocean on the onset of the Opium Wars, continues the epic as all our beloved characters are about to set sail into impending adventure or disaster. My only complaint to Mr. Ghosh? Write faster, please. I can’t wait this long between books!”

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Another much buzzed about debut novel. Baseball, broken marriages and complicated relationships. Plus, any book that gets the seal of approval from both Jonathan Franzen and Téa Obreht is worth a read.”


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins

“I certainly need some science in my system once in awhile.”

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

“A memoir of her life and her parents’ life in Africa.”


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