Now that it’s September, summer is quickly coming to an end. The kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter. To help get through the coming cold months, I’m excited to read a few new books this fall.
Alexandra Fuller’s new Africa memoir is probably the book I’m most looking forward to reading this fall. I loved Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (Random House, 2003), the story of her childhood in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. And now she’s written Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness (Penguin, 2011) about her mother’s childhood in Kenya and the early days of her parents’ marriage.
I’m also anxious to read Deb Olin Unferth’s memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War (Henry Holt, 2011). I’m always game for a story about 1980s Central America. It takes guts to run off with a boyfriend to war-torn countries. Deb Olin Unferth’s story sounds fascinating.
And then there’s Ariel Sabar’s Heart of the City (De Capo, 2011), a collection of nine stories centering around love in New York City. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 quickly approaching, I thought it’d be nice to read something uplifting about NY in this time of reflection. Sabar’s memoir, My Father’s Paradise (Algonquin, 2009) was a great read, so I have high hopes for his latest book.
What are you planning to read this fall?