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Fall 2017 book preview: New releases by Salman Rushdie, Jesmyn Ward, Josh Green and more

As the leaves start to change, backpacks crowd the sidewalks and New York City’s mass of college students returns to campuses, it’s nearly impossible not to get caught up in the back-to-school excitement. 

Enrolled for classes or not, fall is perhaps the best time to pick up a new read, for education or entertainment (or hopefully both).

Tuck away that paperback you brought to Rockaway Beach three times this summer but never quite managed to get through and add these highly anticipated novels, story collections and memoirs to your fall reading list.

'The Golden House' by Salman Rushdie

"The Golden House" by Salman Rushdie
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One of the most recognizable names in contemporary fiction is back with a novel set in New York City that opens on the day of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. An inside look at the less-than-ideal life of a foreign billionaire immersing himself with the elite of Manhattan’s elite, this is the type of book to eagerly page through on a crisp autumn day in Washington Square Park. Out: Sept. 5

'Sing, Unburied, Sing' by Jesmyn Ward

Hillary Clinton's new book "What Happened," comes out
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This epic tale by the National Book Award-winning author of “Salvage the Bones” follows a Mississippi family through death, drugs, familial dramas and disputes and the bonds that tie three generations of struggling Southerners together. Out: Sept. 5

‘What Happened’ by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Suburbia has long been a favorite literary subject,
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Perhaps answering the questions most of America is asking, Clinton’s newest book is a collection of personal essays on her career and experience as the first female presidential candidate to be nominated by the Democratic Party. Those looking for Twitter fodder should pre-order a copy. Out: Sept. 12

‘Little Fires Everywhere’ by Celeste Ng

"Fresh Complaint: Stories" by Jeffrey Eugenides
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The newest novel by the author of 2015’s bestselling “Everything I Never Told You,” immerses the reader in the suburbs of Cleveland, where Mia Warren, artist and single mother to a teenager, rents a house from the Richardsons, a neighborhood family. A dispute dividing the town puts the creative tenant and her upright landlord on opposite sides. Out: Sept. 12 

'Fresh Complaint: Stories' by Jeffrey Eugenides

"Turtles All the Way Down" by John Green
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A collection of contemporary short stories by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Middlesex,” “The Virgin Suicides” and “The Marriage Plot” takes readers into the lives and minds of a poet-turned-crook, a first-generation high school student and many other complex characters. Out: Oct. 3

'Manhattan Beach' by Jennifer Egan

‘The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao’ by Martha
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A new historical novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Visit from the Goon Squad” takes readers back to 1934 in Brooklyn, where a father struggles to provide for his daughters and wife. Fast forward to World War II, when one of the daughters starts working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and, in the absence of men, becomes the first female diver. Out: Oct. 3

'Turtles All the Way Down' by John Green

"Wonder Valley" by Ivy Pochoda
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Fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” have eagerly anticipated Green’s return to fiction, but it isn’t quite the tearjerker its bestselling predecessor was. The new YA novel follows 16-year-old Aza Holmes, who, along with fighting mental illness, takes it upon herself to investigate a fugitive billionaire. Out: Oct. 10

‘The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao’ by Martha Batalha

"L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My
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Head back to 1940s Rio de Janeiro, where Euridice Gusmao’s sister has just (gasp!) eloped, leading Euridice to take on the expected role of flawless housewife. Her ambitions extend beyond standing in the shadow of her successful husband, and Euridice begins working on a series of secret creative projects. Out: Oct. 10


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