We love summer, and few things are as satisfying as lazing on the beach with a great book, but we must admit, we’re thrilled it’s finally fall again. Cooler weather brings the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a warm cup of cider and an engrossing book. Here are eight releases coming over the next few months that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff
In the winter of 1692, 20 people in Massachusetts, mostly women, were put to death for practicing witchcraft. Nineteen of them were hanged; one old man was crushed to death under a pile of rocks over the course of two days. Pulitzer Prize-winner Schiff, the author of Cleopatra: A Life, brings that winter to life in a beautifully written, impeccably researched story. An important book for anyone interested in Salem, early American history, women’s history, or stories centering on religion.
Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham
Grisham is a master, and in Rogue Lawyer, he’s created one of his most memorable characters ever: Sebastian Rudd, the title character—sarcastic, brilliant, and single-minded in his pursuit of justice for his clients, who tend to be the sort that everyone else has given up on. Rudd’s tendency to stick his nose in cases no one wants him pursue requires him to employ a full-time body bodyguard, and he never sleeps in the same place twice. His current cases, including the defense of a mentally-challenged young man accused of killing two small girls, aren’t going to make him any more popular. A can’t-catch-your-breath read from one of the best.
See Me, by Nicholas Sparks
Sparks is at the top of his game in this deeply human story of starting over and dealing with life’s complexities. Colin Hancock’s past is filled with violence and bad decisions, but he’s committed to turning over a new leaf, pursuing a teaching degree, and living a quiet existence. When he meets Maria Sanchez—a successful lawyer with her own dark past—love springs up despite their mutual hesitation. Their affection is challenged by past secrets, even as ominous events in the present that push them to the breaking point. This deeply emotional book once proves that Sparks understands human nature and relationships as well as anyone writing today.
Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith
The third Cormoran Strike novel kicks off with a gruesome bang as a woman’s severed leg is delivered to the inspector’s office, kicking off a classic mystery (no pun intended). Strike quickly identifies four possible suspects from his past who could be behind such a heinous act. While the police pursue a lead he increasingly believes to be a cold one, he must pursue the likelier culprit himself, even as increasingly violent events increase the pressure. Once again, J.K. Rowling proves that even under an assumed name, she’s a crackerjack plotter, consummately skilled at grabbing readers and refusing to let them go.
The Crossing, by Michael Connelly
Nobody does crime novels like Michael Connelly, and the seasoned author’s newest work is on pace to continue his never-miss legacy. Half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch try to take it easy, they really do. Yet somehow they always manage to end up right in the thick of L.A.’s hairiest criminal investigations. The ex-LAPD detective and the Lincoln Lawyer find themselves in the red zone once again when Mickey asks Harry to use his insider knowledge of LA’s finest to root out corruption. Bullets fly, tempers flare, and bonds are tested in the latest tour de force read from one of crime fiction’s greatest contemporary authors.
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, by Jon Meacham
Coming on the heels of last year’s 41: A Portrait of My Father, by George W. Bush, comes another consideration of George H.W. Bush’s presidency. Meacham casts new light on the career and legacy of one of our most-soft spoken, resolute politicians, a man whose single-term presidency was, at the time, overshadowed by the controversial men who proceeded and followed him into the Oval Office. Through countless interviews and unparalleled access to Bush’s personal diaries, Meacham has assembled a revelatory look at a man who is increasingly considered one of the last great leaders of an earlier era.
Binge, by Tyler Oakley
New media star Tyler Oakley commands a huge audience online, and he hasn’t let his platform go to waste. A warrior for social causes and an LBGTQ advocate, he’s dedicated himself to making the world a better place—and a funnier one. In this candid, hilarious essay collection, he shares the weird, wild, and wonderful stories of his unusual journey to fame, from Hulking out at the Cheesecake Factory, to crashing a car with his entire high school as witnesses, to getting violently ill all over a kindly grandmother. The unofficial spokesman for the no-filter generation, Oakley bares it all, and we couldn’t love him more for doing so.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, by Stephen King
The Master of Horror takes a break from novel-length fiction for a short story collection binding up 20 pieces of prose and poetry with personal essays that reveal what inspired their creation. The stories prove King is only getting better with age, as he explores mortality, regret, and general human frailty through a lens smeared with a touch of the supernatural and the fantastic. We love King’s novels, but he might be even better in brief, and that’s really saying something.
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom
The author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven returns with a novel starring one of the year’s most singular, unforgettable characters. Frankie Presto is verifiably the greatest guitarist of all time (just as Music itself, our narrator). A war orphan shipped off to America with nothing to his name but an old guitar and six precious strings, Frankie’s travels take him across the radio dial of music history, from the jazz era to the birth of rock and roll. Along the way, he meets famous figures from Hank Williams, to Elvis, to KISS, and becomes a star himself—before he realizes that his (literal) gods-given talent has the power to alter the destinies of those around him. It’s another heartfelt reminder from Albom that every person you meet has the power to change the world.