Sandy’s Selections: Good New Books to Read This Fall

Good Books to Read Feature

New releases are out, and if you are looking for good books to read, you’re in luck! You might as well call this the Female Empowerment book list. If they’re not written by women, they are written about women, from Steve Job’s daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs, to a re-imagining of Homer’s The Iliad, you are bound to find something irresistible below. So, read on!

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

2018, Biography

Small FrySmall Fry is a frank, smart memoir by the daughter of Apple Founder, Steve Jobs, who denied paternity despite a DNA match. There’s enough celebrity gossip to please tabloid lovers but this is not a tell-all; it is a story of family, love and identity. Take out the name of Steve Jobs and the story is quite heart breaking. Read reviews here. Buy it here.

Readers Recommend:
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky
How to Think Like Steve Jobs by Daniel Smith



Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien

2018, Non-Fiction

Fly GirlsFly Girls tells the true story of five daring women who banded together to break the original glass ceiling in aviation. They fought for the right to fly airplanes, winning the right to race them and then beating men in one of the most dangerous air races of them all. It was a stunning upset and one that proved what women had known all along: they were as good as the male pilots, maybe better. Read reviews here. Buy it here.

Readers Recommend:
West With the Night by Beryl Markham
East to the Dawn by Susan Butler
Wright Brothers by David McCullough


The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

2018, Historical Fiction

The Clock Maker’s DaughterThe Clockmaker’s Daughter is about a mysterious murder committed during the summer of 1862 at the Birchwood Country Manor. The timeline shifts to the present day, when a young woman archivist in London, discovers a satchel containing several drawings connected to that murder. This beautifully written saga has a marvelous storyline moving between past and present with a brilliant ending. Read reviews here. Buy it here.

Readers Recommend:
Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Death by Mrs. Westbury by Ruth Ware
House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick


Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

2018, Murder Mystery

Lethal WhiteLethal White is the fourth in the crime series written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith for Harry Potter’s, J.K. Rowlings. This page-turning epic about the British elite’s Minister of Culture, set amid the 2012 London Olympics, is both a gripping mystery and a complex story. Watch for the NEW CINEMAX Original Series, “C.B. Strike,” which follows the story lines from Book One to Three. Read reviews here. Buy it here.

Readers Recommend:
Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith
Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith


No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicols

2018, Memoir

No One Tells You ThisNo One Tells You This is the story of an unmarried woman who turns 40-years-old without the possibility of a socially expected life that includes a husband and a baby. This very honest memoir gives permission for all women to embrace the lives they’ve chosen or the lives that have chosen them, as the case may be. Read reviews here. Buy it here.

Readers Recommend:
Glorious Freedom by Lisa Congdom
Doing Sixty and Seventy by Gloria Steinem
Women of Spirit by Katherine Martin



The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

2018, Fiction

The Dinner ListThe premise of the book is brilliant, “If you could have dinner with any five people living or dead, who would they be?” The Dinner List is a very entertaining read about a 30th birthday dinner party that includes Audrey Hepburn and four significant others. The evening proves to be a thought provoking, contemplative, and a bit of a magical tale with an ending that will take you by surprise! Read reviews here. Buy it here.

Readers recommend:
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Srele


Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

2018, Historical Fiction

Silence of the GirlsSilence of the Girls is a feminist retelling of Homer’s The Iliad that puts the experience of the women at the heart of the story. The classic is rewoven into a powerful and memorable saga focusing the attention to the raped, enslaved and widowed women during the final weeks of the Trojan War, providing a new understanding of this Greek myth. Read reviews here. Buy it here.

Readers Recommend:
Circe by Madeleine Miller
Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Iliad by Homer


I hope you find these are good books to read as the weather changes and fall moves in to stay awhile. You can see last month’s list here.


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