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15 Cozy Autumn Reads for 2022

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As the heat begins to break, the trees change into their autumnal finest, and we’re looking to swap our best beach reads for a new book to usher in the season. And have we got fabulous news for bedside tables everywhere: there’s an embarrassment of riches in the realm of books coming out this fall, and you’ll want to add them to the top of your TBR (To Be Read) pile. You’ll see some familiar names on our list — check out new titles by George Saunders and Barbara Kingsolver!— as well as some amazing debut authors who we guarantee will quickly become new favorites.

Some of these fall reads come out in August, that in-between time when summer’s shadow has lengthened, but it’s not sweater weather just yet. Others hit shelves just in time to serve as stocking stuffers (our apologies if you can’t even think that far ahead).

If the book you’re just dying to read hasn’t come out yet, smash that preorder button! Ordering books before they officially come out helps the author get noticed for reviews and award consideration, which also helps alert fellow bookworms to fabulous reads they may never have found otherwise. Whether you’re in the mood for an amazing psychological thriller, a romance novel to keep you warm, a read that will make you laugh out loud or a historical book, our list of the best fall books for 2022 has a new favorite for everyone. And don’t forget to add the GH Book Club picks to your cart, for some amazing feel-good reads.

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August 2022 Release Date

Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana

The threat of eviction hangs over the heads of the Banneker Homes residents living in a Harlem high rise that’s scheduled for demolition. But that doesn’t keep life from churning on. By turns funny, sad, poignant and completely real, these interwoven stories will stick with you.

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August 2022 Release Date

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

This lyrical novel delves into the scars left by war, not just on the body and mind, but family and society too. We come to know and love Ilya and his sister Afiya, her lover Hamza, and the lives they’re desperately trying to create even as cascading conflicts threaten to tear them apart.

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August 2022 Release Date

Mika in Real Life: A Novel by Emiko Jean

Mike doesn’t mean to lie to Penny, but when the daughter she placed for adoption 16 years ago calls out of the blue, she just wants to impress her. But that means when Penny visits, she has to uphold her story. When the ruse is revealed, mother and daughter have to rebuild their faith in each other. It’s a beautiful tale of love, trust and forgiveness.

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August 2022 Release Date

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

When Zoey moves into her late mom’s apartment at The Dellawisp, she hopes to get to know her better. But instead, she becomes part of a quirky cast of neighbors: an artist running from her past, a grieving chef, two estranged middle-aged sisters and a caretaker with secrets of his own. Oh, and then there are the ghosts. This delightful novel is rife with magical realism as Zoey learns what home really means and how helping others can help heal one’s own heart, too.

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September 2022 Release Date

The House in the Orchard by Elizabeth Brooks

Reading this one feels like wandering darkened hallways with a candle flickering in a ghostly breeze. When a WWII widow inherits a Cambridge estate, she finds the diary of its former inhabitant. With echoes of Atonement, much of this book takes place within its pages, as teenage Maude tries to figure out how much she can trust her new caretaker who everyone in her family maligns. Love, self-discovery and even tragedy all intermingle in this gorgeous historical novel.

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September 2022 Release Date

Real Bad Things by Kelly J. Ford

Some secrets just won’t stay buried, and when a body surfaces in Maude Bottoms, Arkansas, Jane has to return to her hometown to reckon with hers. Her abusive stepfather disappeared decades ago, and she confessed to his murder at the time. But a new body brings with it new scrutiny — and Jane’s story might not hold up under it. This atmospheric, suspenseful novel will keep you guessing and page-turning all the way to the end.

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September 2022 Release Date

Bliss Montage: Stories by Ling Ma

If you loved the eerily familiar plague novel Severance, don’t miss this one. It’s a delightfully surreal journey through what amounts to the greatest hits of human existence: friendship, love, the meaning of home and why humans need each other.

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September 2022 Release Date

Best of Friends: A Novel

Growing up together in Karachi, Maryam and Zahra are nearly polar opposites. But their differences don’t define them, even after a frightening incident one night threatens to derail both girls’ futures. Decades later, each has carved out her own path in London society when their shared past comes home to roost. This poignant story asks whether we can be friends with someone who doesn’t share our values, and what happens when we’re forced to choose between friendship and principles.

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October 2022 Release Date

River Woman, River Demon by Jennifer Givhan

Chicana artist and brujera Eva Santos Moon was already suffering disorienting blackouts and terrifying hallucinations when her husband is arrested for the murder of their best friend. The circumstances of her death bear eerie similarities to one Eva witnessed in childhood, throwing suspicion on herself. As she struggles to understand her fragmented memory and clear both their names, Eva must call upon all of her powers to protect her family from the ghosts of her past.

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October 2022 Release Date

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

This sweeping force of nature reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield follows an Appalachian boy born to an impoverished teen mom whose life is buffeted by all the trials the world has to throw at them. Demon finds himself battling hunger, drugs, child labor and the foster care system. But along the way, also finds athletic success, love, friendship and an inner strength that keeps us rooting for him all the way.

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October 2022 Release Date

Liberation Day: Stories by George Saunders

From one of our country’s greatest storytellers comes a collection that feels both of-the-moment and instantly classic. These nine tightly-wound stories address power dynamics, human frailty, freedom and oppression and how perception shapes our reality.

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October 2022 Release Date

Sign Here by Claudia Lux

Working in Hell is about what you’d expect; managers are awful, the food is bad and the drinks are worse, and good luck finding a pen that works. But Peyote Trip just has to get one more member of the Harrison family to sign away their soul and his plan of escape is in motion. But just like on Earth, nothing in this hilarious and surprisingly sweet journey through Hell goes as planned.

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November 2022 Release Date

Flight: A Novel

Days before Christmas, siblings Henry, Kate and Martin convene with a gaggle of spouses and kids at Henry’s upstate New York house, but this is no idyllic family holiday. It’s the first without their late mom and the first away from her Florida home and soon the air is thick with unaddressed conflicts and clashing personalities. When a local mother and daughter need their help, they come together despite their differences in this richly painted and powerfully poignant novel.

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November 2022 Release Date

Small Game by Blair Braverman

Survival camp teacher Mara and her castmates have signed up for a reality show that tasks them with making it in the wilderness for six weeks with nothing but each other and their instincts. But when something goes horribly wrong, more is suddenly at stake than the prize money. Pro tip: Don’t read this one while camping.

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November 2022 Release Date

The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson

Attention bookworms: Try not to gasp, but the bookstore in this story is only allowed to sell classics and it’s struggling, hard. When Maggie takes over the store for the duration of its owner’s maternity leave, she hatches a plan to save it. But she doesn’t count on finding love in the process. Full of madcaps, mishaps and lots of bookish asides, this is an adorable romp.

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