It’s really Fall, and that’s the best time for new books. We have a cornucopia, in fact, partly because publishers stack the deck for holiday sales.  Here are some of my favorite new titles this Fall. Request them for curbside pickup, or download from Overdrive if available.

Daughter of the Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan – How life changes for a young pagan girl in Britain in the Iron Age when the Romans arrive. If you loved The Mists of Avalon, try this.

Down Along with That Devil’s Bones by Connor Towne O’Neill The author reports on conflicts over the many monuments to Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate soldier and the first head of the Ku Klux Klan, exposing the depths of white supremacy in the 21st century.

Memorial by Brian Washington – Engaging, funny, insightful story about a gay couple — Mike, a Japanese American chef, and Benson, a Black day care worker – Mike’s father, who dies, and Mike’s mother, who comes to visit. Available  as eBook and eAudio Book on Overdrive.

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – Ambassador Mahit Dzmare is far from home. Her predecessor has been murdered. Her only link to home has gone silent. Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel and a staff favorite.  Available as eBook and eAudio Book on Overdrive.

Second Home by Christina Clancy – Two sisters and their estranged adoptive brother must decide what to do with the family’s summer house in Wellfleet. Available as eBook and eAudio Book on Overdrive. 

Will to Kill by Rv Raman – Agatha Christie-style mystery set in modern-day India. A haunted manor house, embattled relatives, a will, and a murder — what’s not to like?