Fall Must-Reads

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by Abigail Fisher

Fall in Wisconsin is nigh. To the less acclimated it may seem that summer will continue to throw around stray 80 degree days throughout September, but as a native I know better. Fall is nigh and there’s no stopping it. While many people look forward to fall for the changing of the leaves, or even better, the changing of the wardrobes, I personally would trade all the wools and riding boots in the world for my favorite part of fall. My ultimate fall bliss is curling up with a book and a cup of tea, cozying in for the long haul (preferably with a fire but somehow I think my roommate would protest to me setting her futon ablaze). Luckily, this year in literature has produced some wonderfully smart and satirical pieces well worth cracking open in the crisp upcoming fall.

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

 There are few things that I find more charming than East Coast snobbery and weddings, so the combination of the two in Maggie Shipstead’s Seating Arrangements was simply irresistible. Following the chaos of the Van Meter family in the midst of their pregnant daughter Denise’s wedding, Seating Arrangements both scrutinizes and revels in WASP culture and all things preppy. If one wishes to be whisked away to a locale filled with lobster and intrigue, Seating Arrangements is the perfect choice.
Available for purchase on Amazon.com.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

In 2002 Jeffery Eugenides’s novel Middlesex was deservedly the source of much praise, and I can only expect the same from his newest novel The Marriage Plot. Set in the early 80’s, college student Madeleine Hanna is examining love and marriage in great pieces of English literature for her thesis. In the midst of a love triangle involving two very unique boys, Madeleine learns what true love means in her modern post-collegiate world.

Available for purchase on Amazon.com.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

 J.K. Rowling’s long awaited first adult novel is hitting stores September 27th. The Casual Vacancy details the escalating events in the small town of Pagford, after the sudden death of town council member Barry Fairweather. Though tiny, the village of Pagford is anything but calm. The death of Fairweather seems to throw all the conflicts previously shadowed very much into the light. No mention of magic seems to point to an attempt at serious adult literature, that I for one am incredibly intrigued to read.

Available for purchase on Amazon.com.

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