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Good Books to Read in Fall

Reflective and Epic Stories


Good books are always a pleasure to read, but some books have a setting or tone that matches a season. These fall books involve change and reflect on life.

'The Big Burn' by Timothy Egan

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

For 2009, it is hard to come up with a novel or nonfiction book that was as compelling or thrilling as The Big Burn. National Book Award Winner Timothy Egan follows up The Worst Hard Time with the stories surrounding The Great Fire, the largest wildfire in American history. Eyes will be left burning trying to finish this one before day is charred to night.

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'The Given Day' by Dennis Lehane

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
New York Times Bestselling author, Dennis Lehane, Boston writer of modern tragedies like Mystic River and Gone Baby, Gone, enters a new realm of literature with his first historical fiction, The Given Day. While the setting is 1918, the story writhes with a modern twist of emotion, fears and striving humanity.


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'Our Story Begins' by Tobias Wolff

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories by Tobias Wolff
Tobias Wolff is worthy to be mentioned among the greats of short story writing. In Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, the master of the genre blesses us once again with an incredible collection.


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'Unaccustomed Earth' by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri is one of today's most acclaimed writers, having won a Pulitzer Prize for her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. Her placid, poetic writing is back in another collection of stories, Unaccustomed Earth. It has the wistful, sad feeling of fall.


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'A Fortunate Age' by Joanna Smith Rakoff

A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff
Simon & Schuster
Joanna Smith Rakoff's debut novel, A Fortunate Age, tells the story of a group of friends from college who move to New York City together and find their life paths diverging and their friendships changing. The story of A Fortunate Age is closely tied to the time and place it portrays -- trendy New York City neighborhoods in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


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