It’s still 90 degrees here, with no end in sight, so it’s a bit hard to imagine days of sweaters and firesides are in the near future. There’s no way I could share my entire TBR list for fall, but one has to start somewhere…
Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry
from the publisher: The definitive account of what happened, why, and above all how it felt, when catastrophe hit Japan—by the Japan correspondent of The Times (London) and author of People Who Eat Darkness. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings, and met a priest who exorcised the spirits of the dead.
I loved People Who Eat Darkness. I can’t wait to read this one.
By Richard Lloyd Parry
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (October 9, 2018)
from the publisher: Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude.
I adored The Essex Serpent and I can’t wait to read this one as well.
by Sarah Perry
Hardcover: 288 pages
Custom House (October 16, 2018)
from the publisher: With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, in A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman.
By Therese Anne Fowler
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (October 16, 2018)
from the publisher: Dessa defies category–she is an intellectual with an international rap career and an inhaler in her backpack; a creative writer fascinated by philosophy and behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer dogged by blue moods and heartache.
Rap is not usually what I listen to, but I heard Dessa when I went to see a live performance of Welcome to Night Vale. She was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to read her book which is no doubt as brilliant as she it.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Penguin (September 18, 2018)
from the publisher: A Tale of Two Murders: Guilt, Innocence, and the Execution of Edith Thompson is an engrossing examination of the Ilford murder, which became a legal cause ce´le`bre in the 1920s, and led to the hanging of Edith Thompson and her lover, Freddy Bywaters.
I’ve definitely heard about this case but I’ve never read an in-depth discussion of it.
By Laura Thompson
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Pegasus Books (November 6, 2018)
And in an attempt to read things that aren’t new, but have been on my shelf too long…
from the publisher: A mummy disappears from its sarcophagus in the dead of night; a crazed Egyptologist entombs a beautiful young woman; a student at Oxford reveals the terrible secrets of an ancient papyrus. These are among the 12 tales from the golden age of the mummy story collected here—stories that still cast a spell with their different versions of the mummy’s curse, some chilling, others darkly romantic and even comic. This enthralling collection is introduced by Andrew Smith, a leading expert on ghost stories and Victorian gothic.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: British Library Publishing (January 1, 2017)
from the publisher: Constance Kopp and her sisters aren’t living the quiet life anymore. They’ve made headlines fighting back against a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs. After Sheriff Heath sees Constance in action, he appoints her as one of the nation’s first female deputies. But when con man threatens her position—and puts the honorable sheriff at risk —Constance will be forced to prove herself again.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (May 2, 2017)
London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets
by Peter Ackroyd
from the publisher: In this vividly descriptive short study, Peter Ackroyd tunnels down through the geological layers of London, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness and excavating the lore and mythology beneath the surface.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)
from the publisher: From the soda shops of New York’s Lower East Side to the dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica’s blinding white and deadly freeze, Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s The Stowaway takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a plucky young stowaway who became a Jazz Age celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your bootstraps era.
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 16, 2018)
from the publisher: In 1841, twenty-year-old Nigel Halleck set out for Calcutta as a clerk in the East India Company. He went on to serve in the colonial administration for eight years before abruptly leaving the company under a cloud and disappearing in the mountain kingdom of Nepal, never to be heard from again.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (July 25, 2017)
What are you reading this fall?