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5 Must-Read Books For This Autumn | Writer’s Relief

 Autumn arrives this month, and the temperature is getting cooler—it’s the perfect weather for curling up with a cozy blanket, a cup of hot cider, and a great book! From powerful prize-winning fiction to hilarious celebrity memoirs to books that have film adaptations being released soon, here are five books that we here at Writer’s Relief highly recommend you add to your reading list:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction tells the story of Cora, a young slave girl who escapes the rule of her tyrannical masters via the Underground Railroad—which in this novel is a literal railroad! As she is pursued by a relentless slave catcher, she faces a country where racism is found in many forms. Powerful and relevant, The Underground Railroad has already been optioned for a TV miniseries.


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

When Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie dies, his spirit is taken to the “bardo,” or the underworld, where he meets a host of wildly colorful characters. A darkly comedic exploration of life, death, and the influence we have on each other, Lincoln in the Bardo deftly combines history and fiction to create a somewhat out-there, but nonetheless fun, narrative.


Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

With Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick proves she is a wonderfully eccentric writer. The Pitch Perfect and Up In The Air star writes hilarious and poignant essays about stardom, dating, and being a child actor on Broadway. An excellent read for those who want to laugh until they cry.


Ghosts of Bergen County by Dana Cann

We love books set in our home state! Gil and Mary Beth Ferko are an upscale suburban couple whose lives were changed after a mysterious and tragic incident. Gil deals with his grief by reconnecting with an old friend from high school who introduces him to heroin. Mary Beth talks to the spirit of a young girl who died years earlier. Haunting and poignant, Ghosts of Bergen County is a beautifully written and genre-bending exploration of love, marriage, and ghosts. Perfect for October!


Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Seventeen-year-old Elio confronts complex feelings when a handsome graduate student named Oliver comes to stay with his family in Italy. With keen psychological insight and shimmering prose, Aciman renders a stunning and heartbreaking portrait of young love. Read the book before seeing what is already becoming one of the most hyped films of 2017!


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Great Books About The Great Outdoors | Writer’s Relief

Whether you’re spending these unofficial “last days of summer” out on the beach or simply basking in air-conditioned comfort while doing a bit of couch surfing, you can still enjoy a great book about the great outdoors. After all, as Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.” Writer’s… Continue Reading

Tips From Movies For Writing A Villain Readers Love To Hate | Writer’s Relief

At Writer’s Relief, we’ve been asked: What makes a great villain? Is it diabolical cunning…dastardly deeds…a tragic backstory? Villains who are just as multifaceted and complex as heroes can be extremely memorable characters. A great place to find inspiration is on the big screen, where villains can be larger than life. Here are a few… Continue Reading

How To Pitch A Beach Read To Literary Agents | Writer’s Relief

  Beach reads are big business! Magazine editors promote lists of recommended beach reads. Vacationers browse in bookstores for something to read by the pool. If you want to capitalize on the beach read phenomenon, Writer’s Relief tells you what you need to know: What Makes A Book A Beach Read? Alas, there is no universally… Continue Reading

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