Snuggle up in your favorite blanket, grab an oversized mug of hot chocolate, and get lost in someone else’s story. Fiction and nonfiction, we’ve rounded up some of our top book picks from Barnes & Noble to crack open on the chilliest of autumn days.
1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Bonus: Author Paula Hawkins will be at Barnes & Noble Galleria for an event on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm. Call the store for details regarding wristbands: 9529200633.
Double bonus: This book is set to hit the big screen in 2016, and features Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, and Jared Leto.
2. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
In Why Not Me?, the sequel to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you. Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming of age into a laughoutloud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to.
3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
If you never got around to reading this one during the summer, add it to your fall list. Go Set a Watchman is the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.
4. The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
After twenty years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat—the town’s only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics—and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.
Bonus: This book is set to hit the big screen October 29, 2015, and features Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
The unmissable first novel from bestselling and awardwinning author of The Fault in Our Stars. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.
6. The Zoo Keeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman (also being made into a movie)
A New York Times bestseller: a true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. Bestselling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to recreate this fascinating, truelife story—sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism.
Bonus: This book is set to hit the big screen in 2016.
7. It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love & War by Lynsey Addario
War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twentyfirst century, has shaped her life. Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.