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38 Great Books To Read This Fall, Recommended By Our Favorite Indie Booksellers

9. Kitra by Gideon Marcus

Kitra reminds me of the juvenile space opera adventures of the late ’30s and early ’40s but with several major differences. It’s a fun, quick read, but the writing isn’t schlocky, and the characters are more believable and actualized — not to mention being a diverse cast, unlike the exclusively male heroes of the olden days. It helps that Marcus is a space historian, so the science is kept reasonably accurate. The book also retains a positive storyline, and while it is fraught with danger it stays good-humored and is ultimately about friendship. In these days of strife, it was refreshing to read such a positive and amusing story. —Jean-Paul Garnier, owner; Space Cowboy Books

10. An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky, trans. Jackie Smith

This is a stunning look at twelve objects, animals, and ruins, lost to the world forever, replete with meditations on memory, nature, and the relentless passage of time. Part history, part memoir, and part fiction, this book glimmers with insights and a strange, subtle magic. Meticulous, singular, and utterly original. —Mark, operations manager; Brazos Bookstore

11. That Time of Year by Marie NDiaye, trans. Jordan Stump

That Time of Year is somehow both refreshing and deeply unsettling at the same time. The perfect book to send you careening straight into the fall season, NDiaye’s story of a man who’s lost his wife and child on the last day of

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