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Fall 2021 Book Recommendations
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Welcome first day of Fall 2021…. and with it come lots of new books!

Last year, aka Pandemic Year 1, while self-isolating and staying indoors as much as possible, I threw myself into reading … print books, magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks. So while it was a stressful year on a whole (for all of us), I really enjoyed being able to prioritize reading. This year, what’s become Pandemic Year 2, I wanted to get outside a bit, but also continue to be on the safe side, which meant road-tripping and hiking the great outdoors. Therefore, I’ve leaned more towards audiobooks.

Below are some titles — with accompanying links to the print, ebooks, and audiobooks editions — that I personally am looking forward to this Fall, presented here in order of release date, starting with those releasing in September 2021. After this main list, I’ve included some titles that came out earlier this year that you might have missed, as well as some themed Cookbooks, Crafts, and Guidebooks, along with an Audiobook Spotlight. And with the Fall comes, of course, Halloween and some spookier picks!

Continue on to check out my Fall 2021 Book Recommendations…

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Book Review: The Raven’s Tale By Cat Winters
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The Raven’s Tale
Hardcover | Kindle
By Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books | Abrams Books
Release date: April 16, 2019

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous and influential writers of our time, thanks to his numerous tales of the macabre. But before the orphaned Poe became a household name and pop culture icon, he spent his early life as a ward of the Allans, an affluent Virginian family. While his foster father, John Allan, a successful tobacco merchant, wanted him to follow in his footsteps in business, young Edgar longed instead to be a writer. The Raven’s Tale takes these facts about Poe’s life and weaves a story about the author at 17 as he struggles with his disapproving “Pa,” his intense first year in college, and his inner conflict with his muse.

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Book Con 2017 Panel: ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’ Author Jeff Kinney
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This past weekend, the Javits Center in New York City hosted Book Con 2017. The event filled the same building and rooms and followed a similar structure to the more sprawling NYC Comic Con, which invades in October. Book Con came on the heels of Book Expo, a 3 day event that featured guest appearances by Hillary Clinton, Stephen King, astronaut Scott Kelly and others. Book Con featured countless authors, exhibitors, and publishers as well as guests such as Kevin Hart, Jeffrey Tambor and Bill Nye the Science Guy. One person I was extremely excited about was Jeff Kinney. See, I have a 13-year old son, and he has been obsessed with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for years. We have all 11 titles in the series including the extra “movie journals,” and we own the movies on DVD. So when I saw the Kinney was having a panel discussion about his upcoming 12th DoaWK book, The Getaway, I was there.

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Book Review: Faeryland: The Secret World Of The Hidden Ones
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Faeryland: The Secret World of the Hidden Ones
Hardcover
Written by John Matthews
Illustrated by Matt Dangler
Abrams Books
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Cover Price: $27.50

Anyone up for some faery treasure? Because that what happens when you bring together historian, teacher and bestselling author John Matthews (How to See Fairies, Pirates et. al.) and young but already renowned mixed media illustrator/artist Matt Dangler (The Secret History of Mermaids) for Faeryland: The Secret World of the Hidden Ones which is a wonderful and collectable beginner’s guide to the world of the “Fae” intended for humans aged 12 or older.

But, this is no ordinary compendium of ordinary facts and figures. From the sparkly pixie dust gilded cover to the full color pull out of a 19th Century map of faeryland from the House of Congress, this is 60+ pages of informative enchantment to delight the senses.

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Book Review: How To Fake A Moon Landing: Exposing The Myths Of Science Denial
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How To Fake A Moon Landing
Exposing the Myths of Science Denial
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Darryl Cunningham
Introduction by Andrew C. Revkin
Abrams ComicArts
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Cover Price: $16.95

The truth is out there. Nothing embodies that saying like the data presented in  How To Fake A Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial. No matter how you slice it, science is real and it has led mankind on some wondrous adventures and completely changed our lives. From how we view the cosmos to explaining things a bit closer to home here on Earth, we see science everywhere. Now before you go getting your panties in a bunch, this book doesn’t go out of it’s way to debunk anything you learned in Sunday School. Instead, it examines how, through scientific methods, deductions (and yes, proof) can be found in a plethora of areas.

From ridiculous conspiracy theories such as Global Warming lies and the Moon Landing hoax to more mundane, medicinally focused issues such as Homeopathic remedies and Chiropractic cures, Darryl Cunningham delves deeply into the facts. Knowing that both sides in an argument are apt to use disinformation to further their agendas, he presents everything in a humorous and enlightening manner.

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