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Anticipated Reads - Fall '23

Anticipated Reads Fall 2023

Adult Nonfiction

  • Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson [Sept.]
    For two years, Isaacson shadowed Musk. The result is a revealing inside story, filled with amazing tales of triumphs and turmoil, that addresses the question: are the demons that drive Musk also what it takes to drive innovation and progress?
  • Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet by Taylor Lorenz [Oct.]
    Offering a social history of the internet, Washington Post reporter Lorenz's Extremely Online explains how deeply it has changed our world, toppling traditional barriers, creating new economic sectors, and reinventing our understanding of connection, content and power.
  • Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon by Michael Lewis [Oct.]
    Lewis tells the story of the rise and implosion of FTX and Sam Bankman-Friend – at one point the world’s youngest billionaire and perhaps crypto’s Gatsby. Going Infinite is both psychological portrait and financial roller coaster, tracing the mind-bending trajectory of a character who never liked the rules and was allowed to live by his own — until it all came undone.

Adult Fiction

  • Brooklyn Crime Novel by Jonathan Lethem [Oct.]
    From the bestselling and award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn comes a sweeping story of community, crime and gentrification, tracing more than fifty years of life in one Brooklyn neighborhood.
  • Can't Spell Treason Without Tea: A Cozy Fantasy Steeped with Love by Rebecca Thorne [Sept.]
    All Reyna and Kianthe want is to open a bookshop that serves tea. Thing is, Reyna works as one of the Queen's private guards, and Kianthe is the most powerful mage in existence. Leaving their lives behind them, what follows is a cozy tale of mishaps, mysteries and a murderous queen throwing the realm's biggest temper tantrum.
  • Forever Home by Graham Norton [Sept.]
    The internationally bestselling author and host of “The Graham Norton Show” returns with a tense and darkly comedic novel that casts a caustic light on the relationship between mothers and daughters as well as truth and self-preservation.
  • The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff [Sept.]
    A servant girl escapes from a colonial settlement in the wilderness. She carries nothing with her but her wits, a few possessions, and the spark of God that burns hot within her. What she finds is beyond the limits of her imagination and will bend her belief in everything that her own civilization has taught her.

Children's Fiction

  • Dogtown by Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko [Sept.]
    Chance has been in Dogtown since her owners unwittingly left her with irresponsible dog sitters who skipped town. Metal Head is a robot dog who dreams of being back in a real home. When Chance and Metal Head embark on an adventure to find their forever homes, there is danger, cheese sandwiches, a charging station and some unexpected kindnesses along the way.
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library: The Graphic Novel by Chris Grabenstein [Nov.]
    When Kyle learns that the world's most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town's new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, he's determined to be there. But the tricky part isn't getting into the library, it's getting out.
  • The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo [Oct.]
    From master storyteller Kate DiCamillo comes an original fairy tale, with enchanting illustrations by Julie Morstad, in which five puppets confront circumstances beyond their control with patience, cunning and high spirits.
  • Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson [Oct.]
    A powerful story that delves deeply into life's burning questions about time, memory and what we take with us into the future. As the threat of housefires looms over her Brooklyn neighborhood, basketball-loving Sage is trying to figure out her place in her circle of friends, when a new kid named Freddy moves in.

Teen Fiction

  • Arazan’s Wolves by John Flanagan [Sept.]
    Flanagan brings readers back to the world of Ranger’s Apprentice with his sixth installment of the Royal Rangers series. Maddie and Will must investigate a series of dire wolf attacks and a dangerous sorceress.
  • Champion of Fate by Kendare Blake [Sept.]
    The story of Reed, a member of the Aristene order, the Heromakers. Raised by the order after being orphaned, Reed grew up surrounded by her future sisters-in-arms and the incredible stories of their quests. She's been counting the days until her initiation and now, one final test stands in her way: shepherding her first hero to glory on the battlefield.
  • Murtagh by Christopher Paolini [Nov.]
    Paolini’s returns readers to the world of Eragon, set a year after the events of The Inheritance Cycle. The world is no longer safe for the Dragon Rider Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn as they are left to face the consequences of the role they played in the evil king’s reign of terror. Hated, alone and exiled to the outskirts of society, Murtagh must discover what he stands for in a world that has abandoned him.
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