As the leaves begin to change and the temperature gets cooler, it's the perfect time to cozy up with a great book. Michael Treibwasser of local D.C.-bookstore Politics and Prose stopped by Great Day Washington to give the scoop on the best books to crack open this fall. Here are his recommendations:
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
Set during pre-Civil War America, "The Underground Railroad" explores the story of Cora, a slave who escapes using the Underground Railroad. But there's a key twist to this novel, Treibwasser said: the railroad in this story isn't merely a secret network of safe havens to help slaves escape to freedom; it's an actual railroad, complete with locomotives and train tracks underground. Treibwasser calls the story "phenomenal," and Oprah must agree, since it's part of her book club.
Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
"Commonwealth," simply put, is a story about family and all of its triumphs and tribulations. Patchett's latest novel focuses on Franny Keating, whose affair with a famous author subsequently forces her and her siblings to reckon with their upbringing and pasts, after the author uses their story as the premise for his novel, Treibwasser noted. He also called Patchett one of his favorite authors and said the book was "tremendous."
Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer
Penned by D.C.-native Jonathan Safran Foer, "Here I Am" is a "profound novel about the claims of identity, history, family and the burdens of a broken world," said NPR's Maureen Corrgian. The story takes places in Washington, rich with details about the nation's capital you might recall while reading and that you can see while "you're out and about" in the area, Treibwasser added.
A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Toules
Author Amor Toules of the New York Times Bestseller "Rules of Civility" is back with his second book, "A Gentleman in Moscow," which follows the life of Count Rostov after he's sentenced to house arrest in Moscow by the Bolsheviks. Treibwasser says the story's undertones are on the "lighter" side, and there's a whole array of intersting characters to add to Rostov's narrative.
Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodsen
"Another Brooklyn" marks author Jacqueline Woodsen's first adult novel in 20 years. "Brooklyn" is the story of August who reconnects with her past after returning to her hometown after the death of her father. Running into childhood friends, August reminisces about what it was like to grow up in '70s Brooklyn as a young girl, and Woodsen really "captures" that feeling with her "beautiful" writing, Treibwasser said.
The Wonder, Emma Donoghue
If you're looking for a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat, pick up "The Wonder" by Emma Donoghue.It's more of a psychological thriller, Treibwasser said, that explores the story of a nurse—inspired by Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing—who moves to a small Irish village after being asked to monitor a young girl who hasn't eaten in months but is still thriving. Once you start this book, you'll race to finish it because it "keeps you guessing until the end," Treibwasser said.
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