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Add These Books to Your Fall Reading List

Reading on the beach is great, but there’s just something to be said about cozying up with a good book on a cold fall morning, hot cup of coffee in hand. Now that the weather is cooling off and you’ll likely be spending more days indoors (around a roaring fire, if you’re lucky), you might be looking for that next great book to add to your reading list.

We’re making things easy by sharing a few of our favorite books and some that we can’t wait to check out this fall. And, as always, we’re encouraging you to shop local and buy them from a great local bookstore like White Whale in Bloomfield or Classic Lines in Squirrel Hill — we’re sure you can find other ways to put that Amazon Prime membership to good use.

Severance – Ling Ma

White Whale describes September’s Third Thursday Book Club pick as “Zombieland-meets-Office-Space,” and that alone should be reason enough to check it out. This one promises to be equal parts creepy and fun to read, which sounds perfect if you’re looking for a way to extend those Halloween feels.

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

If the complex family drama doesn’t draw you in from the jump, the fact that Ng’s latest is set between Pittsburgh and Cleveland surely will. It’s just as much fun to unravel the mystery in this book club favorite as it is to recognize local landmarks within its pages.

BlackkKlansman – Ron Stallworth

The unbelievable true story behind a black police officer infiltrating the KKK in the early 1970s — and the unbelievable true story behind Spike Lee’s latest movie. Whether you caught BlackKKKlansman when it was showing at the Manor Theatre or not, you’ll definitely want to check out this memoir from Ron Stallworth himself.

Killing Commendatore – Haruki Murakami

The latest from the immensely popular Japanese author includes three of the main points on the Murakami novel checklist: a lonely man, a precocious young girl and a a mysterious, otherworldly realm that draws them together. If you’re a true Murakami fan who scoops up each of his new books as soon as they’re released, then this one is a no-brainer.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

If  Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg all recommend a book, it’s probably worth checking out. Sapiens explores humanity’s creation and evolution from the point of view of a globally renowned historian, and it attempts to truly define what it means to be “human”. If you read a few too many trashy beach reads this summer and you’re looking for the antidote, this book might be it.

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