Cooler weather, vibrant colors, and the yearning for all things cozy is the perfect recipe for diving into a new book. Grab your slippers, a cup of coffee, and choose a book from our current fall favorites. Use our Essentials for Welcoming Fall to discover our favorite things to keep us cozy + warm. Use #NortherlyCollective to share your favorite place to read on a cool fall day.
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THE LYING GAME, BY RUTH WARE
The latest in Ruth Ware’s repertoire of chilling novels, The Lying Game is a story of a dark secret shared between four friends. While in boarding school, they were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose. Curl up on a fall Sunday afternoon and find out how years later their secret comes back to the surface. We recommend pairing this fantastic read with a cup of AnnMarie's coffee, roasted locally in Minocqua.
THE 7 HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO, BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID
The heartbreaking and beautiful story about aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo who is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. Perfect for daydreaming the day away on that comfy chair overlooking the lake.
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, BY LISA WINGATE
This is a story for a rainy fall day at the cabin. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, BY GAIL HONEYMAN
Reese Witherspoon is making this book into a movie, so how could we resist? Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, and together they save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk. The three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
CASTLE OF WATER, BY DANE HUCKELBRIDGE
Two very different people, one very small island. We fell in love with this story of the two sole survivors of a plane crash in the South Pacific. Stranded hundreds of miles from civilization, on an island the size of a large city block, the two castaways must reconcile their differences and learn to draw on one another's strengths if they are to have any hope of making it home. Find your favorite secret hiding place (we love to find a hidden bench on a hiking trail) and get lost in this book for a while.
THE OTHER ALCOTT, BY ELISE HOOPER
A fresh take on one of literature’s most beloved families. We all know the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. But while everyone cheers on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister. Now, it’s time to learn the truth about the real “Amy”, Louisa’s sister, May. This is a story of discovering your true identity and forging a life that is your own – grab a cozy blanket, cozy up in the cabin's porch swing, and get lost in the pages.
TRULY MADLY GUILTY, BY LIANE MORIARTY
We are big fans of Big Little Lies (in both book and HBO series form – that soundtrack is on point!), so we were excited to read Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty. In true form, Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship in the story of three seemingly happy families. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
THE ALICE NETWORK, BY KATE QUINN
We are suckers for historical fiction, and this story did not disappoint. In this novel, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. Make a hot cup of tea and dive into this one - we recommend Bayfield Tea Company's Tombolo blend.
BEAR TOWN, BY FREDRIK BACKMAN
A small town nestled deep in the forest and a lakeside hockey rink reminds us of our Northwoods communities where everyone knows your name. In Beartown, their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys, which is a catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.
A PIECE OF THE WORLD, BY CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history – the relationship between artist Andrew Wyeth and his inspiration for one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century, Christina Olson. Set on Christina’s remote family farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine, this is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy. A different kind of shoreline than we have in the Northwoods, but a great read for sitting on the dock under a big blanket.