It’s finally getting chilly here. I’ve decorated my house with pumpkins and leaves, I bought a new pair of slippers, and I’m ready to hunker down for the season with a whole stack of new books. If you’re looking for some cozy seasonal reads to help you transition into fall, I’ve got six excellent recommendations for you today!
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
This modern reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel takes place in San Francisco, where Trisha Raje, an accomplished neurosurgeon, is frustrated with both her family and her romantic life. Enter DJ, a chef who both angers and intrigues her. The book is wonderful retelling of the classic story, and the food descriptions throughout will have you reaching for a cookbook, too!
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Bryson is a master at taking a seemingly mundane subject — this time, the history of domestic space — and making it absolutely compelling. We’re all spending way more time at home lately, and as we cozy up indoors this season, why not learn more about the history of our homes?
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
Nothing says “autumn” to me like a classic mystery novel. Those of you who have been following my 2020 reading list on Twitter know that I’ve been devouring the Maisie Dobbs series this year, and the fifth installment is perfectly autumnal. Maisie, the intrepid and sensitive private detective, is called upon to solve a local mystery in rural Kent, where hop-picking, a local Roma population, and mysterious fires all collide.
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Meet Veronica Speedwell, a scientist who finds herself becoming an investigator when she teams up with a natural historian, Stoker, to solve a murder. Deanna Raybourn writes historical novels deftly and with light humor, drawing us into the world of 1887 London and taking us for a wild ride as a mystery builds.
Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder
I love a good sports history book, and this one feels especially appropriate as we head toward the start of basketball season. Travel back to 1930s Oklahoma, where a tiny college begins recruiting talented young women to leave their homes in the Dust Bowl to play basketball — and compete all the way to the national championship game. The book is written with great affection, and no wonder: the author is the great-niece of the coach who led the team to improbable victory.
Prairie Fires: The American Dream of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
If you also grew up reading the Little House on the Prairie books (or watched the TV series), you may be interested to learn the real history behind the fiction. Fraser’s biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder delves into the real pioneer experience beyond the frontier myths espoused by Wilder’s books. It’s not always a pleasant read, but it is a truly fascinating one.
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