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Happy fall! (Or maybe not so much if summer's your jam!) If you're ready for cozy sweaters, apple picking, pumpkins and everything eerie, we've got some staff-recommended picks ready to go.
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Pumpkinheads (2019)

by Rainbow Rowell

If you are excited for fall as much as I am, this is the perfect book for you! This graphic novel is about two teens' last night working together at a pumpkin patch. It has plenty of fall-themed foods and attractions, and it's a whole lot of fun! — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

The Ex Hex (2021)

by Erin Sterling

I recommend The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling (which comes out on September 28th!). This romance novel features a young witch who curses her ex, only to later discover that they have to work together to save their town. — Rachel Newlin, Cataloging Librarian

Free Fall (1991)

by David Wiesner

A young boy drifts into an autumn dream and is surrounded by the surreal and lovely images in his mind. This is a fun wordless picture book suitable for children ages 0-109. — Joe Marcantonio, Teen Place Manager

The Secret History (1992)

by Donna Tartt

Fall always makes me think of college, and one of my favorite books set in academia is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It follows a tight-knit group of Classics students at an elite New England college who, encouraged by their charismatic professor, live their privileged lives with little thought of consequences or the feelings of others, until the unthinkable happens. It's a beguiling story that is impossible to put down. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

Novels and Stories : The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Other Stories and Sketches (2010)

by Shirley Jackson

What better way to kick off Spooky Season than by reading (or re-reading) this gothic horror classic? Merricat and her sister Constance live with their uncle Julian on a dilapidated estate ostracized by the rest of their community after a tragic poisoning years earlier took the lives of the rest of the family. Chilling, atmospheric, and wonderfully creepy, this is a perfect autumn read. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

The Thirteenth Tale (2006)

by Diane Setterfield

A cozy and literary modern-day Gothic mystery with a side of family dysfunction.  A world-famous and secretive author who, at the end of her life, chooses to give her actual life story (not the fake ones she’s told all these years to journalists) to a bookstore owner and writer of obscure biographers. — Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director

Autumn (2017)

by Ali Smith

The first novel in Man Booker Prize nominee Smith’s “Seasonal Quartet.” Set in the United Kingdom, mostly in 2016, it explores the friendship between Elisabeth and Daniel, the elderly man who babysat her when she was a child.  The book leans into the ethereal, echoing the fleeting nature of the season in the ways it chooses to examine art, politics, history, and the passage of time. — Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director

Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! (2016)

by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Magical words and fold out pages introduce the changes fall brings. The colorful illustrations enhance the simple rhyming text and make this a fun read aloud! — Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

In the Middle of Fall (2017)

by Kevin Henkes

You can’t go wrong with this celebration of the changing seasons written by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by his wife, Laura Dronzek. It’s a simple story inviting readers enjoy what the fall season has to offer before it is gone. Henkes is a Caldecott award-winning illustrator himself, but Dronzek’s illustrations are gorgeous and colorful. — Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

When Harry Met Sally (2001)

by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Enjoy the beautiful Autumn weather of New York in this classic romantic comedy. Harry and Sally are two recent college graduates who share a car ride to New York and discuss if men and women can just be friends. Harry and Sally continue their friendship over the next 10 years as they both go through the trials of dating. The on-screen chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan is reason enough to watch this classic again. — Dina Ragano, Fiction, Movies & Music Coordinator