Fall is book season, the time of year when the publishing gods rain down the hottest books from the greatest authors of our time. This fall will yield a bumper crop of new reading material from literary scions such as Salman Rushdie, John le Carré, Stephen King, James McBride, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Louise Erdrich, just to name a few. So pour yourself a cup of tea, pull up a comfy chair, and take out your credit card. You’re definitely going to want to preorder a few of these babies!
Note: This post contains affiliate links. Complimentary copies of some of the books mentioned here were provided by the publishers. In my descriptions of the books on this list, I have borrowed snippets of plot synopses from Amazon, editing and paraphrasing to keep the word count at a reasonable level.
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
September 5 | Viking
From the international mystery man and famed author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy comes this story about what happens when a spy’s past comes back to haunt him. It is Le Carré’s first George Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years, only the star of this story isn’t George Smiley but his disciple, Peter Guillam, whose comfortable retirement on the south coast of Brittany is disrupted when Cold War intelligence operations he participated in come under scrutiny. Le Carré alternates between past and present to weave a tale “resonating with tension, humor, and moral ambivalence.”
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
September 5 | Random House
From the author of the oft-banned Satanic Verses comes this tale of an enigmatic billionaire who takes up residence in a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village on the day of President Obama’s inauguration. Nero Golden has three adult sons but no wife, at least not until a sleek Russian expat snags him. The story is told through the eyes of the Goldens’ neighbor, René, an ambitious young filmmaker who is researching a movie about the family. As he ingratiates himself into their household, he is implicated in their quarrels, infidelities, and crimes. Meanwhile, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
September 5 | Scribner
From the National Book Award-winning author of Salvage the Bones comes this epic American road novel. Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
September 12 |Viking
Fans of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End will no doubt be excited to read the third novel in the Kingsbridge saga. (And yes, it’s a behemoth just like the others, clocking in at 928 pages.) This installment is set in 1558, as power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants. Ned Willard desperately wants to marry Margery Fitzgerald, but when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England and the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva.
The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson
September 12 | Ecco
In Cotton County Georgia, 1930, two babies–one light-skinned, other dark–are born to Elma Jesup, a white sharecropper’s daughter. Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched. Despite the prying eyes and curious whispers of the townspeople, Elma begins to raise her babies with the help of Nan, the young black housekeeper who is as close to Elma as a sister. But soon it becomes clear that the ties that bind all of them together are more intricate than any could have ever imagined. As startling revelations mount, a web of lies begins to collapse around the family, forcing all to reckon with the painful truth.
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
September 12 | Knopf
In this latest installment of the Millennium series, brilliant hacker and vigilante Lisbeth Salander is trying to uncover the most telling secrets of her traumatic childhood–the secrets that might finally, fully explain her to herself. She enlists the help of Michael Blomkvist and she will let nothing stop her–not the Islamists she enrages by rescuing a young woman from their brutality; not the prison gang leader who passes a death sentence on her; not the deadly reach of her long-lost twin sister; and not the people who will do anything to keep buried knowledge of a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known only as The Registry.
The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb
September 12 | Atria
This novel is based on the true story of the Greenbriar Ghost, a famous murder case in West Virginia in which a handsome blacksmith supposedly murdered his wife, Zona Heaster. Zona’s mother informs a county prosecutor that Zona’s ghost appeared to her and told her about the crime, which was initially thought to be an accident. An autopsy subsequently confirms that it was murder. The novel alternates between 1897, when the murder occurred, and 1930, when the attorney who defended the accused blacksmith–the first black attorney in 19th century West Virginia–is convalescing in an asylum after attempting suicide.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
September 12 | Penguin Press
From the author of the 2014 hit Everything I Never Told You comes this story about the weight of secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood. Elena Richardson embodies the spirit of her carefully ordered Cleveland suburb. Then, Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist with a mysterious past, and her teenaged daughter arrive in town and rent a house from the Richardsons. When friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia’s motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past–but her obsession will come at a devastating cost.
To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon
September 19 | G.P. Putnam’s Sons
In this fourteenth (!) installment of the much-loved Mitford series, Father Tim finally realizes that he doesn’t need a steady job to prove himself–twelve years after retirement. Then, he’s given one. Meanwhile, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there is still a lot to celebrate as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley’s biological family begins to heal because of a game–let’s just call it a miracle–that breaks all the rules.
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
September 19 | Farrar, Straus and Giroux
This story from National Book Award-winner Alice McDermott begins with the suicide of a young Irish immigrant in Catholic Brooklyn during the early part of the twentieth century. In the aftermath, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun, appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and unborn child. Decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence. Yet his suicide, though never spoken of, reverberates through many lives and over the decades, testing the limits and demands of love and sacrifice, forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
September 26 | Scribner
This father-son collaboration from the king of horror envisions a future in which, when women go to sleep, they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze and go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. If they are awakened, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. One women, the mysterious Eve Black, is immune to the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied or a demon to be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions. Some want to kill Eve, others to save her. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
September 26 | Riverhead
From the National Book Award-winning author of The Good Lord Bird comes this story collection which explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War general Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of the Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
October 3 | Scribner
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Good Squad comes this noir thriller set in a world of gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Eleven-year-old Anna Kerrigan accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard–the first female diver to repair ships. One evening, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life and the reasons he might have vanished.
Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
October 3 | Farrar, Straus and Giroux
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot comes this collection of stories which presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people’s wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art founder under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant family lead her to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged British physicist.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
October 10 | Little, Brown and Company
In this speculative novel, Naomi Alderman imagines an alternate reality in which teenage girls have immense physical power. With this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. The Power won the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and is now being published in the U.S. for the first time.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
October 10 | Simon & Schuster
From the beloved author of The Marriage of Opposites comes this prequel to her bestseller Practical Magic. For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchcraft for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: no cats, no candles, no books on magic. And most importantly, never fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are.
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
October 17 | Knopf
Yes, this book is by that Tom Hanks. I guess winning two Oscars wasn’t enough, so now he’s going for the Pulitzer! Hanks has an impressive typewriters collection and each of the seventeen stories in this collection casts a typewriter in some key role. In one story, a gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by civil war. In another, an eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture to America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life.
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
October 31 | Atria
From the renowned author of The House of Spirits comes this sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. Richard Bowmaster–a sixty-year-old human rights activist–hits the car of Evelyn Ortega–a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. Later, Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. The professor asks his tenant, Lucia Maraz–a sixty-two-year-old lecturer from Chile–for her advice, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.
Mrs. Osmond by John Banville
November 7 | Knopf
From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea comes this extension of the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James’s Portrait of a Lady. Isabel is a young American woman who is finagled into marriage with a charming, penniless, and–as Isabel finds out too late–cruel and deceitful man after she comes into a large, unexpected inheritance. On a trip to England, Isabel is offered a chance to free herself from the marriage, but instead she choses to return home. Isabel arrives home in Italy and from there the plot diverges from James.
Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben
November 7 | Blue Rider Press
From environmentalist Bill McKibben comes this book about Vern Barclay, the seventy-two-year-old host of Radio Free Vermont–“underground, underpowered, and underfoot.” With the help of a young computer prodigy, Vern uses his show to advocate for a radical idea: an independent Vermont, one where the state secedes from the United States and operates under a free local economy. But for now, Vern and his radio show must remain untraceable, because in addition to being a lifelong Vermonter and concerned citizen, Vern Barclay is also a fugitive from the law.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
November 14 | Harper
From the National Book Award-winning author of The Round House comes this story of a world in crisis. Evolution has reversed itself and woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker is pregnant. Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity.
Artemis by Andy Weir
November 14 | Crown
From the bestselling author of The Martian comes another lunar-bound story. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or eccentric billionaire. Jazz Bashara is neither. She is a smuggler just trying to get by. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself–and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.46 Amazing New Books You Need to Read This FallClick To Tweet
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
September 12 | Simon & Schuster
In this memoir, for the first time, Hillary Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during the 2016 presidential campaign. She describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. She writes about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics. And she lays out how the election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary.
The Exodus by Richard Elliott Friedman
September 12 | HarperOne
Up until now, no one has been able to find any evidence that the Exodus described in the Hebrew Torah actually took place. In this book, Bible scholar Richard Friedman merges new findings and new insight to argue that while the account of the biblical exodus may be exaggerated, it did indeed happen. He also concludes that the actual exodus was the cradle of the global values of compassion and equal rights today.
Believe Me by Yolanda Hadid
September 12 | St. Martin’s Press
For those of you who are not familiar with reality television, Yolanda Hadid was one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In 2011, she began to experience mysterious and disabling symptoms. She was later diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, an illness that is usually “invisible” (patients don’t often look sick) but can be absolutely devastating. Worse still, the Western medical community is woefully and willfully ignorant about Lyme disease and wholly unprepared to help the sickest patients. In this book, Yolanda reveals the intimate details of her journey crisscrossing the world to find answers and healing.
Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing by Daniel Tammett
September 12 | Little, Brown and Company
Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks “talk” to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will A.I. researchers ever produce true human-machine dialogue? In this collection of essays, savant Daniel Tammet goes back in time to London to explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood, travels to Canada to meet one of the world’s most accomplished lip readers, and studies the grammar of the telephone–all to answer these and many other questions about the intricacy and power of language.
Unbelievable by Katy Tur
September 12 | Dey Street Books
Called “disgraceful” and “third-rate” by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on–and took flak from–the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history. From day one to five hundred, Tur documented Trump’s inconsistencies and called him out on his lies. In return, he tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her in turns. None of it worked. Through all the long nights, wild scoops, naked chauvinism, dodgy staffers, and fevered debates, no one had a better view than Tur. Unbelievable is her account of “the craziest campaign in American history.”
Reading People by Anne Bogel
September 19 | Baker Books
In this book, popular blogger Anne Bogel of ModernMrsDarcy.com introduces readers to the concept of using personality frameworks for self-development. The book provides brief, easy-to-understand introductions to the introvert/extrovert dichotomy, highly sensitive people, the Five Love Languages, Myers-Briggs–including the cognitive functions and Keirsey’s temperaments, the Enneagram, and StrengthsFinder. It’s a great place to start if you want to learn more about personality but feel overwhelmed by all the typing systems out there.
The Story of Sex by Philippe Brenot, Translated by Will McMorran
September 19 | Black Dog & Leventhal
In this graphic history of sex, French sexologist Philippe Brenot combines anthropology, sociology, psychology, and history with witty comics by Latetita Coryn for an in-depth explanation of human sexuality. Brenot explores what eroticism really is, how our ancestors behaved sexually, when the first couple was established, how superstition and morality laws shaped sexuality, the use of pornography in the digital age, and how some ancient civilizations were far ahead of their time when it came to gender equality.
Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
September 19 | W.W. Norton
From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.” In a secondhand vehicle, Bruder hits the road to get to know these forgotten people and expose the dark underbelly of the American economy.
The Templars by Dan Jones
September 19 | Viking
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets comes this history of the Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Founded in 1119, this initially small group of knights would go on to become the most powerful religious orders of the Medieval World. Jones draws on extensive original sources to build an accurate and gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth.
One Long Night by Andrea Pitzer
September 19 | Little, Brown and Company
In this harrowing book, Andrea Pitzer writes about the chronological and geopolitical history of concentration camps. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation and political repression. Drawing from exclusive testimony, landmark historical scholarship, and stunning research, Pitzer unearths the roots of this appalling phenomenon, exploring and exposing the staggering toll of the camps.
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
September 26 | Flatiron
Librarians spend their lives weeding. Not weeds, but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the ones that patrons no longer check out and they put back the ones they treasure. In this book, Gen-X librarian Annie Spence addresses those books directly. We read her love letters to Just Kids and Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury, as well as her break-ups with The Giving Tree and Dear John. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from feminism to health to poverty to childhood aspirations.
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
October 3 | Oneworld
“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. Now, the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by the vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”
From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty
October 3 | W.W. Norton
Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out on an immersive global journey to discover how other cultures care for the dead. She contends that the American funeral industry sells a particular–and, upon close inspection, peculiar– set of “respectful” rites: bodies are whisked to the mortuary, pumped full of chemicals, and entombed in concrete. She argues that our expensive, impersonal system fosters a corrosive fear of death that hinders our ability to cope and mourn. By comparing customs, she demonstrates that mourners everywhere respond best when they help care for the deceased.
Nine Continents by Xiaolu Guo
October 3 | Grove Press
From the acclaimed author of I Am China comes this memoir about coming of age in an inhospitable country. Xiaolu Guo has traveled farther than most to become who she needs to be. Now, as she experiences the birth of her daughter in a London maternity ward, she looks back on the journey. It begins in a fishing village on the East China Sea where her illiterate grandparents raised her and brings her to a rapidly changing Beijing. Eventually, Xiaolu leaves China, determined to see the world beyond its borders for herself.
King of Spies by Blaine Harden
October 3 | Viking
From the author of Escape from Camp 14 comes this riveting true story of the rise and fall of Donald Nichols–the unlikely spymaster who played a pivotal role in the Korean War. Nichols warned the U.S. months in advance about the North Korean invasion and identified most of the targets destroyed by American bombs in North Korea. But Nichols’ legacy also has a dark side. He built his own covert army, recruiting agents from refugee camps and prisons, and sending many to their deaths on reckless missions. This book reminds us that the darkest sins of the Vietnam War–and many other conflicts that followed–were first committed in Korea.
A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo
October 3 | Hachette
In A Moonless, Starless Sky Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony’s LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women’s basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram. This debut book illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary–lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.
What the Qur’an Meant by Garry Wills
October 3 | Viking
There was a time when ordinary Americans did not know much about Islam. That is no longer the case. We blundered into the longest war in our history without knowing basic facts about the Islamic civilization with which we were dealing. In this book, religious scholar Garry Wills contends that we are constantly fed false information about Islam. He peels back the layers of tradition that distort and blunt the Qur’an to reveal what he believes is a true interpretation of the text.
Red Famine by Anne Applebaum
October 10 | Doubleday
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag comes this history of the Soviet famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s. Applebaum sets out to prove that the famine was not an accidental consequence of bad policy but a deliberate act of political genocide by the Soviet government. With the recent clashes between Ukraine and Russia, this book is very timely.
The Third Reich by Thomas Childers
October 10 | Simon & Schuster
Weighing in at nearly seven hundred pages, this comprehensive overview of the history of the Third Reich chronicles how Adolf Hitler and a core group of Nazis rose to power and plunged the world into a horrific war, perpetrating the genocidal Holocaust while sacrificing the lives of millions of ordinary Germans. Childers shows how the young Hitler became passionately political and anti-semitic as he lived on the margins of society, and traces his rise to its tragic conclusion.
Devotions by Mary Oliver
October 10 | Penguin Press
From Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver comes this collection of over two hundred of her best poems spanning over fifty years of her celebrated career. Within these pages, she provides us with an invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
October 17 | Simon & Schuster
From the acclaimed biographer of Einstein and Steve Jobs comes this biography of one of the greatest minds in human history. Based on thousands of pages from da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how da Vinci’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it.
Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan
October 17 | Ecco
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club comes this intimate memoir that reveals the truths and inspirations that underly Amy Tan’s extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed her near-forgotten memories that became the nucleus of her novels.
Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs
November 14 | Harper
Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rachel Jeffs was raised in a strict patriarchal culture defined by subordinate sister wives and men they must obey. No one in this radical splinter sect of the Mormon Church was more powerful or terrifying than its leader Warren Jeffs—Rachel’s father. In Breaking Free, Rachel blows the lid off this taciturn community made famous by John Krakauer’s bestselling Under the Banner of Heaven to offer a harrowing look at her life with Warren Jeffs, and the years of physical and emotional abuse she suffered.
Counting Backwards by Henry Jay Przybylo, M.D.
November 14 | W.W. Norton
For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo anesthesia each year, it is the source of great fear and fascination. In Counting Backwards, Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo–an anesthesiologist with more than thirty years of experience–writes about the routine procedure’s daily dramas and fundamental mysteries. Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times in his career–erasing consciousness, denying memory, and immobilizing the body before reversing all of these effects. He weaves his experiences into intimate stories that explore the nature of consciousness, the politics of pain relief, and the wonder of modern medicine.
Which books are you most looking forward to this fall?