The Ten Best Reads for Early Fall Days

The days are getting a little shorter, the evenings a little cooler, and our thoughts turn again to settling in with a good read. Here are ten books for early fall that Amazon editors chose especially for Post readers.

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Inland book coverInland

by Téa Obreht

The award-winning, best-selling author of The Tiger’s Wife returns with a mythical, mystical tale of the American West at the end of the 19th century.

(Random House)

The Topeka School bookThe Topeka School

by Ben Lerner

Adam’s parents work at a psychiatric clinic in the Midwest in this exploration of how we deal with the past and the challenges of preparing kids for the future.

(Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)

The TestamentsThe Testaments

by Margaret Atwood

Finally, the long-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, set 15 years after the events of that masterpiece.

(Nan A. Talese)

Water dancer bookThe Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In the first novel by the award-winning nonfiction author, Hiram fights to escape the bondage of the South even as he resolves to return to save the family he left behind.

(One World)

The Whisper Man

by Michael Parker

A creepy, very well-written thriller about a serial killer from the past who may have returned to prey on a small town.

(Celadon Books)


The Body bookThe Body

by Bill Bryson

With his signature wit and humor, Bill Bryson has explored many places and ideas — and in best-selling fashion. Now he turns his attention toward the human body itself.


The OUtlaw Ocean bookThe Outlaw Ocean

by Ian Urbina

With no clear authority, anyone can do anything on the ocean because no one is watching. Urbana goes deep in reporting on pirates and smugglers, stowaways and thieves.


The Meritocracy Trap bookThe Meritocracy Trap

by Daniel Markovits

We are told we live in a meritocracy, but the author argues that it’s a sham that only contributes to inequality.


All the Powers of EarthAll the Powers of Earth

by Sidney Blumenthal

The academic and high-level political operative describes Lincoln’s famous debates with Stephen Douglas and the rise to the presidency.

(Simon & Schuster)

Dreams of El DoradoDreams of El Dorado

by H.W. Brands

Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, this book sets a new standard for histories of the American West.

(Basic Books)

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