The Most Anticipated Books to Read This Fall

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6. Harlem Shuffle
> Author: Colson Whitehead
> Release date: September 14, 2021

“Harlem Shuffle” is an intricately plotted crime novel set in mid-20th-century Harlem. Author Colson Whitehead won back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes for his two previous novels, “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys.”

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7. Bewilderment
> Author: Richard Powers
> Release date: September 21, 2021

“Bewilderment” is the story of astrophysicist Theo Byrne, who simulates worlds outside our solar system as part of lobbying efforts for a new spaceborne telescope, and his relationship with his talented but troubled son. Among other things, it features experimental neurotherapy and speculations about alien life. Powers won a Pulitzer for his last book, “The Overstory.”

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8. Chronicles from the Land of the Happiness People on Earth
> Author: Wole Soyinka
> Release date: September 28, 2021

The first Black winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Wole Soyinka’s first novel in nearly half a century has been described as a fictional meditation on how power and greed can corrupt the soul of a nation.

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9. Cloud Cuckoo Land
> Author: Anthony Doerr
> Release date: September 28, 2021

“Cloud Cuckoo Land” has five protagonists, “dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.” Two are on opposite sides during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; two are caught up in an attack on a public library in present-day Idaho; and one is on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet.

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10. Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes
> Author: Phoebe Robinson
> Release date: September 28, 2021

This is a collection of essays from author, comedian, and actress Phoebe Robinson. She takes on a wide range of topics, from parental values to Black Lives Matter to hair care.