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50 Most Anticipated Books of the Fall

  • FICTION

    HOMELAND ELEGIES

    SEPT. 15, 2020

FICTION

HOMELAND ELEGIES

by Ayad Akhtar

A profound and provocative inquiry into an artist’s complex American identity. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM

    SEPT. 1, 2020

FICTION

TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM

by Yaa Gyasi

In a quietly poignant story, a lonely woman finds a way to be less alone. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE PROPHETS

    JAN. 5, 2021

FICTION

THE PROPHETS

by Robert Jones Jr.

An ambitious, imaginative, and important tale of Black queerness through history. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MISSIONARIES

    OCT. 6, 2020

FICTION

MISSIONARIES

by Phil Klay

An unflinching and engrossing exploration of violence’s agonizing persistence. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE SEARCHER

    OCT. 6, 2020

  • FICTION

    MEMORIAL

    OCT. 27, 2020

FICTION

MEMORIAL

by Bryan Washington

A subtle and moving exploration of love, family, race, and the long, frustrating search for home. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

    OCT. 6, 2020

FICTION

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

by Rumaan Alam

Addressing race, risk, retreat, and the ripple effects of a national emergency, Alam's novel is just in time for this moment. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    PIRANESI

    SEPT. 15, 2020

  • FICTION

    JACK

    SEPT. 29, 2020

FICTION

JACK

by Marilynne Robinson

An elegantly written proof of the thesis that love conquers all—but not without considerable pain. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    WHAT ARE YOU GOING THROUGH

    SEPT. 8, 2020

  • NONFICTION

    THE QUIET AMERICANS

    SEPT. 1, 2020

  • NONFICTION

    EAT A PEACH

    SEPT. 8, 2020

NONFICTION

EAT A PEACH

by David Chang & Gabe Ulla

An entertaining, admirably candid self-assessment of life in the foodie fast lane. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE BADDEST BITCH IN THE ROOM

    SEPT. 8, 2020

NONFICTION

THE BADDEST BITCH IN THE ROOM

by Sophia Chang

An intimate, entertaining, and engrossing read for hip-hop fans. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ALL ABOUT THE STORY

    SEPT. 22, 2020

NONFICTION

ALL ABOUT THE STORY

by Leonard Downie Jr.

An absorbing career memoir and an illuminating history of the Post’s news coverage during the last 50 years. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS

    OCT. 6, 2020

NONFICTION

WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS

by Ruby Hamad

An extraordinary book for anyone who wishes to pay more than lip service to truly inclusive, intersectional feminism. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    LIAR'S CIRCUS

    SEPT. 1, 2020

NONFICTION

LIAR'S CIRCUS

by Carl Hoffman

A valuable portrait of authoritarianism in action and its more-than-willing adherents. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    IF THEN

    SEPT. 15, 2020

HISTORY

IF THEN

by Jill Lepore

A fascinating, expertly guided exploration of a little-known corner of the recent past. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    JUST US

    SEPT. 8, 2020

NONFICTION

JUST US

by Claudia Rankine

A work that should move, challenge, and transform every reader who encounters it. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    TWILIGHT OF THE GODS

    SEPT. 1, 2020

NONFICTION

TWILIGHT OF THE GODS

by Ian W. Toll

A conventional but richly rewarding history of the last war that turned out well for the U.S. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE FOLLY AND THE GLORY

    SEPT. 22, 2020

NONFICTION

THE FOLLY AND THE GLORY

by Tim Weiner

A gripping history of 75 years of Russian-American conflict with the dismal conclusion that we seem outmatched. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WALK TOWARD THE RISING SUN

    SEPT. 22, 2020

  • TEEN

    THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS

    NOV. 17, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS

by Chloe Gong

A must-read with a conclusion that will leave readers craving more. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE BRIDGE

    SEPT. 1, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE BRIDGE

by Bill Konigsberg

A heartbreaking bridge into depression supported by a strong foundation of hope. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE COUSINS

    DEC. 1, 2020

  • TEEN

    EACH OF US A DESERT

    SEPT. 15, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

EACH OF US A DESERT

by Mark Oshiro

A meditation and adventure quest offering solace to anyone bearing an unfair burden. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING

    DEC. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING

by Van Hoang ; illustrated by Nguyen Quang & Kim Lien

At its core, a tale of magic and family strongly grounded in contemporary reality. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BLOOD AND GERMS

    OCT. 13, 2020

CHILDREN'S

BLOOD AND GERMS

by Gail Jarrow

A fascinating example of excellence in juvenile nonfiction. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THEY THREW US AWAY

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THEY THREW US AWAY

by Daniel Kraus ; illustrated by Rovina Cai

Reflective children will revel in this thought-provoking world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    EVERYTHING COMES NEXT

    SEPT. 29, 2020

CHILDREN'S

EVERYTHING COMES NEXT

by Naomi Shihab Nye ; illustrated by Rafael López

Striking use of everyday images and timely themes makes this free verse collection meaningful, memorable, and accessible. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI

    OCT. 5, 2020

CHILDREN'S

BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI

by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

A stellar collaboration that introduces an important and intriguing individual to today’s readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BARREN GROUNDS

    SEPT. 8, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE BARREN GROUNDS

by David A. Robertson

This middle-grade fantasy deftly and compellingly centers Indigenous culture. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BEFORE THE EVER AFTER

    SEPT. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

BEFORE THE EVER AFTER

by Jacqueline Woodson

A poignant and achingly beautiful narrative shedding light on the price of a violent sport. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THREE KEYS

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THREE KEYS

by Kelly Yang

Don’t miss this brave hero as she confronts anti-immigrant hatred in a timely historical novel. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SHAPE UP, CONSTRUCTION TRUCKS!

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

SHAPE UP, CONSTRUCTION TRUCKS!

by Victoria Allenby ; photographed by Victoria Allenby

Clear, crisp, clean, and concise—trucks and shapes have never before looked (or sounded) this good. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    I AM EVERY GOOD THING

    SEPT. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

I AM EVERY GOOD THING

by Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Gordon C. James

The title says it all: Black boys are “every good thing.” Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    IF YOU COME TO EARTH

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

IF YOU COME TO EARTH

by Sophie Blackall ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall

An introduction to Earth for children big and small who live in this galaxy, or beyond. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BARNABUS PROJECT

    SEPT. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE BARNABUS PROJECT

by Terry Fan & Eric Fan with Devin Fan ; illustrated by Terry Fan & Eric Fan with Devin Fan

A heartfelt, timely allegory celebrating diversity, bravery, and solidarity. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    A MYSTERY IN THE FOREST

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

A MYSTERY IN THE FOREST

by Susanna Isern ; illustrated by Daniel Montero Galán ; translated by Jon Brokenbrow

This lovely book about forgiveness shows that friendship can form even in the most unlikely situations. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE PAPER BOAT

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE PAPER BOAT

by Thao Lam ; illustrated by Thao Lam

A timely, resonant, exceptional model of visual storytelling; the ironic title is a seaworthy companion to “a wing and a... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    EVELYN DEL REY IS MOVING AWAY

    SEPT. 8, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    I TALK LIKE A RIVER

    SEPT. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

I TALK LIKE A RIVER

by Jordan Scott ; illustrated by Sydney Smith

An astounding articulation of both what it feels like to be different and how to make peace with it. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING

    OCT. 6, 2020

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