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Great Fall Reads

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT FALL and the back-to-school season that just makes you want to cuddle up with a good book.

Published in the September 2022 Issue Published online: Sep 15, 2022 Articles
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BY IFM STAFF

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT FALL and the back-to-school season that just makes you want to cuddle up with a good book. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite great reads for the fall season in a wide variety of categories. Pull on your favorite sweater and grab a hot cup of tea!

Cookbook

Is it weird to have a cookbook on a list of books to read? We don’t think so—especially not this one. My Key West Kitchen: Recipes and Stories by Justin Van Aken and Norman Van Aken is equal parts fantastic storytelling and sumptuous (and exotic) recipes. Try sitting down with this book and not reading it cover to cover.

Self-improvement

If you’re looking for a boost in your resolve to not be a peoplepleasing pushover, this book is for you. The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness just might change your life in all the best ways.

Memoir

This gripping memoir by Canadian actress, writer, director and producer Sarah Polley will pull you into Sarah’s world and traumas with the same finesse and intensity that is characteristic of Polley’s other work. Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory isn’t a light read, but it is a must read!

Fiction

We know you’ve seen the movie, but if you haven’t yet read The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman, you’re seriously missing out. This romp will get you laughing from page 1 and you won’t be able to put it down til you’ve finished. Speaking from experience here.

Nonfiction

Anyone with a hunger for curious facts who loves to laugh will appreciate this book. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements is a hilarious and informative trot through forgotten histories and fascinating relationships, with a good measure of chemistry thrown in.

Sci-Fi

Here’s another book that you likely know by the movie. Dune by Frank Herbert is classic sci-fi at its best. Crack open the book and you may even discover elements that influenced everyone’s favorite Star Wars series. Dune has been around long enough to earn its stripes.

Classic Lit

My Ántonia by Willa Cather is a perfect book for easing into fall. The beautiful and tender tale of an immigrant family with a free-spirited daughter and the relationship they forge with an American neighbor will pull you straight into the romance of the Nebraska prairie.

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