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A Dozen Fall Books We're Dying to Read

Move over, beach reads; Autumn will bring plenty of high-profile offerings, from Lena Dunham's debut essay collection to some intriguing literary heavyweights

1. Choose Your Own Autobiography
Neil Patrick Harris
What if you made all of NPH’s life decisions for him? In a highly original celebrity memoir, he leads you down all the right, wrong, and hilarious paths. (Oct. 14)

2. Hand to Mouth
Linda Tirado
An unflinching firsthand account of being trapped in extreme poverty in America, Tirado’s memoir is poised to stir controversy and ignite a national dialogue. (Oct. 2)

3. Belzhar
Meg Wolitzer
The young-adult title from the author of The Interestings is set at a rural boarding school for ”emotionally fragile, highly intelligent” teens. Yes, the title is a play on The Bell Jar. (Sept. 30)

4. The Laughing Monsters
Denis Johnson
The award-winning author of Tree of Smoke offers up a continent-hopping literary spy thriller. (Nov. 4)

5. The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
In a WWI-ravaged London, a woman and her spinster daughter turn their once-glamorous mansion into a lodging house, creating a dynamic clash of class and culture that leads to an explosive forbidden romance. (Sept. 16)

6. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Caitlin Doughty
Following a recent trend of books about the dead, this memoir by a young crematory worker aims to be both morbid and illuminating. (Sept. 15)

7. Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
The most buzzed-about novel of the season is a bit of a dark horse. It’s also hard to describe, but it involves a traveling caravan of actors at the fall of civilization. (Sept. 9)

8. Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham
Tina Fey and David Sedaris blazed a trail for the creator and star of HBO’s Girls, who extends her brand with her first collection of humorous essays. (Sept. 30)

9. The Dog
Joseph O’Neill
The opposite of light summer fare, the daring and heady new novel by the author of Netherland probes the mind of an expat living amid the opulence of Dubai. (Sept. 9)

10. Us
David Nicholls
From the author of One Day — which was infinitely better than the movie — comes a pathos-laden love story about a marriage on the brink of collapse. (Oct. 28)

11. On Immunity
Eula Biss
Jenny McCarthy, add this to your wish list. Biss’ eye-opening nonfiction work critiques America’s fear of vaccines while examining the connection between soul and body. (Sept. 30)

12. A Map of Betrayal
Ha Jin
In a new espionage novel by the award-winning writer, a Chinese-American woman struggles to understand her late father, a CIA operative subsequently exposed as a double agent for China. (Nov. 4)