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Put down the erotic novels! This fall reading list is way more legit

You know how we know it’s fall? No, the PSLs didn’t give it away, nor did the onslaught of fall TV shows (though, yes, we’re counting down the days to The Mindy Project and How to Get Away with Murder). The time has come for fall reading, and the Amazon Books team put together quite the list.

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1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks

A hugely entertaining page-turner, an operatic fantasy and an often heartbreaking meditation on mortality from the beloved author of Cloud Atlas.

2. A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel

A Deadly Wandering

The Pulitzer prizewinning journalist uses a car accident caused by texting to examine how technology has come to rule our lives. A riveting blend of humanity and science, and a masterful work of narrative nonfiction.

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3. The Secret Place by Tana French

The Secret Place

Vintage French: Just when you think you’ve solved the mystery of her novels, another curious twist appears and you’ll be guessing right up until the very end.

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4. Cosby: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker

Cosby: His Life and Times

A probing biography of a beloved comic whose greatest contribution to American culture may be the way he has made us see race differently, one silly bit at a time.

5. What If? by Randall Munroe

What If?

What if everyone on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time? What if you could drain all the water from the oceans? Those smart-alecky questions (and more) are answered in this compendium, which is smart-alecky, and just plain smart.

6. I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich

I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist

Clothes don’t just make the woman; they make her feel better. How the legendary Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper found sanity in style.

7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

At once terrible and tender, dark and hopeful, this beautiful post-apocalyptic tale both mourns and mocks the things we cherish.

8. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

A riveting and heartbreaking read about the tragedy of a young man destined, it seems, always to have been on the outside — a geek in the hood, and an inner-city black man in the Ivy League.

9. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

The Stone Mattress

Fans of Margaret Atwood will certainly delight in this collection of strangely fun tales that have a sinister current running through them.

10. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests

The tangled relationship between a post-WWI spinster and the lodger she must take in is the subject of another masterful novel from the author of Tipping the Velvet.

Debut novel: 

Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre

Five and Twenty Fives

A novel that’s not shy about commenting on America’s role in the world, and on the haunted postwar lives of its soldiers.

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