Best fall books: Ron Chernow's 'Grant,' Celeste Ng's 'Little Fires Everywhere,' more – New York News

Ready or not, here comes fall. So you don’t miss a beat as you pivot from your summer reading, we’ve compiled a list of 12 upcoming books that should keep you happily turning pages through the end of the year. Six are fiction and six nonfiction, and they’re just a starter kit for readers during this season of literary abundance. 


‘SING, UNBURIED, SING,’ by Jesmyn Ward

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Here’s an author who feels vital in these times. Ward won a National Book Award for her first novel, “Salvage the Bones,” set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast during Katrina. She’s since published a memoir of black friends who died young (“Men We Reaped”) and edited an anthology of essays about race (“The Fire This Time”). Ward’s new novel takes readers on a Mississippi road trip as a boy and his mother drive to greet his white father when he’s released from the state penitentiary. (Scribner, Sept. 5)

‘FANTASYLAND: How America Went Haywire — A 500-Year History,’ by Kurt Andersen

Republican consultant Karl Rove once said that Americans

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Republican consultant Karl Rove once said that Americans in the “reality-based community” should realize “that’s not the way the world really works anymore . . . we create our own reality.” You can say that again. The host of “Studio 360” on public radio offers his own opinionated tour of America’s more fact-challenged moments, from the Salem Witch Trials and P.T. Barnum to belief in extraterrestrials and…

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