Fall Reading Essentials

Kira Cook

Fall is upon us. The leaves are changing and the hot summer mornings are noticeably cooler. We never really grow out of the fall / back to school ethos. There truly is a lifelong lifestyle shift that happens at summer’s chapter’s end. The days grow a bit shorter, the nights grow a bit cooler, and the urge to delve into the words and lives of others outweigh the hedonistic, well, narcissism of summer. 

Here are some newly-released books to consider for curling up with under a weighted blanket and a mug o’ matcha. Keep in mind, there’s nothing more sustainable than a library card, but if you’re a book collector, we encourage buying from your local bookseller. If that's too much, we included Amazon links, just please pass the books along when you're done.

A Bright Future By Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist

How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow

Many countries have already replaced or committed to replacing fossil fuels with low-carbon energy sources. If the rest of humanity committed to this, climate change could seriously be slowed or halted, if not reversed. These two authors tackle how these forward-thinking countires managed to convert to clean energy, and lay a blueprint for how the rest of the planet can follow suit. 

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Fall ’19 is Sequel City! Two major sequels are being released this fall: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, which is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, and the sequel to Call Me By Your Name. The Testaments begins 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale ended. Atwood announced that The Testaments is an answer to nearly everything she’s been asked about Gilead and its inner workings, as well as a response to the world we’re now living in. Blessèd be the published fruit. 

Find Me by André Aciman

The sequel to Call Me By Your Name is separated into three sections: Elio’s father, Elio in his 20s, and middle-aged Oliver. Swoon. Or should we say, *svenire*? An even nicer modern touch? Michael Stuhlbarg, the actor who portrayed Elio’s professor father in the film, narrates the audiobook. 

101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg

A sustainable lifestyle Bible, this book gives handy, doable, DIY-able tips for going zero waste on everything from beauty products to fashion, home goods to the office. This book is perfect for the zero waste novice as well as those who are further along on their journey to limiting their own environmental impact. Kellogg has an accompanying blog at www.goingzerowaste.com

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

A New York Times bestseller, this staggeringly un-put-down-able book is a work of nonfiction mastery. Taddeo spent 8 years criss-crossing the United States, covering the marital, sexual, and desirous lives of three “ordinary” women, and in doing so, sheds powerful light on the female sex drive. 

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

From the author of the then-anonymous essay published by Buzzfeed about being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner comes this memoir by Chanel Miller. Considering how beautifully and powerfully written her essay was for Buzzfeed, this is sure to be an engrossing, chilling piece. 

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

It’ll be tough to wait til November 5 for the release date of the Shrill author’s new essay collection, but luckily all the above should keep you busy ‘til then. Rape culture and toxic masculinity are taken to task in this fantastic, witty, sharp new collection. 

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

You met her on SNL or via Marcel the Shell, you fell in love with her on the Kroll Show or Parks & Rec or in her marvelous turn in Obvious Child, and now you get to curl up with her brain via her first published work, a collection of essays, vignettes, and various delightful oddities.