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After a summer of sitting by the pool, flipping through magazines or listlessly scanning the pages of a crime novel, autumn brings an exciting and provocative array of new stories that you won’t be able to put down. The start of school may have many feeling as though they are swimming in assigned readings, but these new bestsellers will offer a calming reprieve from the monotony of case studies and scholarly articles

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Author of National Book Award winning novel Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward has created a new masterpiece that intimately portrays a family in the wake of tragedy. Sing, Unburied, Sing brings issues of race and addiction into a new light using a unique epochal structure. This new novel ties into Ward’s previous works through recurring themes of hope, heartache and loyalty.

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost

The first season of “Twin Peaks: The Return” may have just come to end, but creator Mark Frost is keeping the mania alive with a sequel to his immersive novel, The Secret History of Twin Peaks. The Final Dossier fills in the gap between the two series, explaining what went on in the misty, idyllic town during the last twenty-five years. Expanding upon the lives of beloved “Twin Peaks” characters and the mysterious phenomena that surrounds them, Frost has gifted his fans with a book that elevates the otherworldly show to yet another dimension.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

After winning Amazon’s Book of the Year award in 2014 for her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng has returned with Little Fires Everywhere. The story is inspired by her own memories of growing up in Shaker Heights, an oddly neat and orderly neighborhood. In an interview with The Seattle Times, Ng explained that when she decided she wanted to write about the Cleveland suburb, she created a family that embodied the town’s orderly spirit only so that she could “disrupt them.” The novel is about mother daughter relationships and the universal adolescent desire for a life wholly unlike one’s own.

Artemis – Andy Weir

In the new science-fiction thriller Artemis, Jasmine Bashara is a typical, dissatisfied twenty-something who yearns to make a name for herself and leave her hometown behind, only her hometown is on the moon. Author of New York Times Bestseller, The Martian, Andy Weir creates a lunar community where the divide between the wealthy and the working class is vast and generates a hostile atmosphere. As Jasmine struggles to rise above her circumstances, she finds herself caught in a dangerous web of larceny, crime and conspiracy.