4 Book Releases to Read This Fall


Article by Maggie Chidester

Photography by Charis Books & More, Maggie Chidester

With my fall TV shows basically put on indefinite hold, I am diving in deeper than ever into books. October has a whirlwind of a collection of new releases coming out, and I can't wait to help you spruce up your TBR (to-be-read) pile. Some of these I have read, and some are books I am most looking forward to.

Charis Books & More is my local Atlanta bookstore and the South's oldest independent feminist bookstore that fosters sustainable feminist communities, constantly works for social justice, and encourages the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. There is a link at the end of every book synopsis to pre-order from Charis Books & More to support local.

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad

Publication Date: 10/06/2020

I read this book earlier this year as an advanced copy, and I truly believe it deserves place in 21st-century feminist canon. It has deep historical context in the United States, Australia, and the rest of the world, yet it is also thoroughly rooted in the present. It has bold, original, and intellectual arguments. This would make a phenomenal book club book for your group to read, analyze, and discuss.

With rigor and precision, Hamad builds a powerful argument about the legacy of white superiority that we are socialized within, a reality that we must apprehend in order to fight.

Pre-order from Charis Books & More right here. More of an audiobook reader? Pre-order a digital audiobook from Libro.fm to still support Charis Books & More right here.

See What You Made Me Do: The Dangers of Domestic Abuse that We Ignore, Explain Away, or Refuse to See by Jess Hill

Pub date: 09/01/2020

Three women in the United States are killed by their partner every day, making it an epidemic. This book won the Stella Prize in Australia last year and received immense praise. It was a fantastic analytical look into domestic violence with anecdotal evidence from the POV of women and their children. Some of the stories are horrendous but deserve to be read nonetheless.

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Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Pub Date: 09/01/2020

Transcendent Kingdom is Yaa Gyasi's debut novel, but you would never guess. It paints a gorgeous portrait of a family colliding with addiction and grief through the push and pull of science and faith. It is just as beautiful as it is absolutely devastating. And how about that cover?

Order it from Charis Books & More here. More of an audiobook reader? Order a digital audiobook from Libro.fm and still support Charis Books & More here.

Eat a Peach by David Chang

Pub Date: 09/08/2020

During quarantine, I cooked through an entire cookbook—Cravings by Chrissy Teigen—and I stumbled across Ugly Delicious on Netflix and watched David Chang and Chrissy's episode and LOVED it.

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