What The Martha Stewart Editors are Reading This Fall
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On top of freshly baked apple pies and crisp autumn air, there are few things we love more about fall than cozying up with a good book. Need some literary inspiration? We're sharing a few of our fall favorites, from beloved classics we can't wait to reread to hot-off-the-press page-turners we won't dare put down.
#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar
Deanne Kaczerski, Digital Executive Editor
It was hard to wait until September to read this twisty thriller because, let's be honest, when a book that touts itself as "The Devil Wears Prada meets Heathers" lands on your desk, you stop everything and binge-read it. For those craving a new fashionably vicious read, this book is darkly satisfying. Grab a bottle of wine and settle in for the demise of a fashion magazine, one It girl at a time.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Alexandra Lim-Chua Wee, Assistant Digital Editor
I remember first reading this book in high school and completely falling in love with it. As a story about daughters struggling to satisfy their Asian mothers while also figuring out how to carve their own American identities, it was basically my life story (and probably always will be in some way). After watching Crazy Rich Asians-also now on my to-read list-I'm craving to reread this Amy Tan classic.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Elyse Moody, Senior Editor
This has been on my stack for so long! I found a free paperback copy on a stoop in my Brooklyn neighborhood (it's actually inscribed with a mysterious note from the author to a fellow writer), and I am finally starting it. The mystery of that inscription is enough to make me want to read it, but the plot so far is a pure delight, too. (No wonder it won a Pulitzer Prize.)
The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray
Victoria Spencer, Senior Digital Food Editor
I'm reading this fantastic book about my namesake, Queen Victoria. It covers her eating habits, food, and cooking in the royal household and wider society during her reign.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Christina Park, Social Media Manager
Definitely on my wishlist to read! I've seen the Netflix movie three times already and as much as I love it, I'm sure there's a lot more of the story to explore in the book.
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
Frances Kim, Associate Digital Food Editor
I just finished Kwon's powerful debut novel and cannot stop thinking about it. It explores faith, grief, and first love through the lens of two college students who get involved in a religious cult. Kwon's writing is so elegant and precise-she makes every word count. It's a short book but really packs a wallop.
Transcription by Kate Atkinson
Melissa Ozawa, Features & Garden Editor
I first discovered Atkinson's work when I happened upon one of her Jackson Brody mysteries in Heathrow airport years ago. Even though it was a night flight, I couldn't put the book down. I quickly sought out and devoured the rest of the series, and savored each page of Life After Life and A God in Ruins. Atkinson is a brilliant storyteller, and Transcription looks like it won't disappoint.
Calypso by David Sedaris
Claire Sullivan, Associate Editor
Sedaris is a storyteller like no other. His quirky commentary puts a light-hearted, hilarious spin on everything he encounters and I can't wait to laugh my way through his latest!
She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore
Alexandra Churchill, Digital Editor
Wayétu Moore is a woman who's out there changing the world. As the founder of One Moore Book, which is a publisher of multicultural children's books, she advocates for underrepresented voices in storytelling and now, I'm excited to see her own voice join the literary fold.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Jennifer Tung, Executive Editor
Absolute favorite book of the summer-and a shimmering exception to all the best-sellers with hateful female protagonists. Nadia and Saeed, you are my heroes.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Maddie Hiatt, Assistant Social Editor
I think it's about time I fill the Parks and Recreation-shaped hole in my heart. This book has been on my to-read list since it first came out because I'm convinced there isn't anything Amy Poehler can't do! She's hilarious, real, and honest and I'm excited about this fun read.