While spring may herald newness and renewal, fall boasts other beginnings — the start of school, the inevitable return of pumpkin spice, the start of new TV shows and, of course, a stack of new books to read. .

Ranging from animal-centric tales to horror genres and androids vs. octopuses (you read that right), this list promises to bring a dose of excitement to those sleepy autumn days.

“What We Fed the Manticore” by Talia Lakshmi Kolori (Tin House, $16.95)


From the melting Arctic to the bombed Gaza Strip to a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary, this debut collection by Talia Lakshmi Kolori tells stories of human suffering, connection and cruelty … but it tells them through the voices of animals. . A poacher in a wildlife sanctuary charged with protecting a rhinoceros, a starving lion in the Sundarbans, a donkey in a Gaza zoo, a polar bear watching his world melt around him, all the stories of Kolori. Taken throughout from real life events. , sometimes mixing together different stories, legends and tragedies.

This collection shows the inextricable bond between humans and animals — we live together in this terrible, beautiful, cruel and harmonious world and we share in life and death, suffering and the triumph of it all.


“New Year’s Daughters” by EM Tran (Hanover Square Press, $27.99, available Oct. 11)

A haunting journey through family history, “New Year’s Daughters” travels from present-day New Orleans to the unique experiences of three second-generation Vietnamese-American daughters through their marital lines and across the ocean to the Vietnam War and colonial and Before time. Colonial Vietnam. The path leads back to the Vietnamese women’s past as the three daughters and their mother Xuan become ghosts themselves as you read through their genealogy.

“The White Horse,” “The White Horse,” by Erica T. Worth from Flatiron Books. (image amazon.com)

“white horse” by Erica T. Worth (Flatiron Books, $27.99, available Nov. 1)

Let’s not forget that fall is also the time of spirits (Día de Muertos) and things that go bump in the night (Halloween). Erica T. Worth’s debut (with a major publisher; she has published collections and poetry with indie presses) “White Horse” doesn’t forget her. Equal parts horror and magical realism, you can feel the hairs standing up on the back of your neck as the heroine faces screaming ghosts, creeping shadows and a monster that smells of human flesh and is ravenous. and rarely makes itself known outside of the local population. Communities


But there is more to it than the supernatural. There on the pages are the true horror stories of thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

You won’t find anything else like this fall.

Other debuts we’re looking forward to.

“Mountain in the Sea” by Ray Naylor (MCD, $28, available Oct. 4)

This foundation is too good to pass up and I can’t wait to give it a go. Ray Naylor’s debut novel sends the world’s first android a few leagues under the sea to break bread with a newly discovered (and rapidly expanding) species of highly intelligent octopus that has developed its own language and culture.

Would it be any good? We’ll see, but given that octopuses have, in fact, proven to be quite intelligent and given our increasingly robotized and intelligent computerized society, one can only hope that this is the debut of a former Foreign Service officer who will soon He will serve as a consultant. The Office of Marine Sanctuaries has a lot to say about what intelligence is and what happens when humans are no longer the most intelligent species on the planet.

“The Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood”. by Chelsea Conaboy (Henry Holt & Co., $27.99, available Sept. 13)

As a demographic that is often trivialized, minimized and completely forgotten in society, mothers deserve a book that takes a popular look at the science of how to create a person with your body. Your body’s chemistry fundamentally changes your mind. With so much misinformation making women less fit for the workforce, here’s hoping we debunk the myths in this debut film from journalist, public health enthusiast and mother Chelsea Conaboy. Will see.

– Tribune News Service