As we start slowly weaning ourselves off the beach and trade in shorts for pants, sunscreen for scarves, and sandals for duck boots, September gives us that one last month to really enjoy sitting outside while reading a book if you can find the time while gearing up for the months ahead. Autumn is undeniably a reader’s season, what with the promise of cozy afternoons drinking apple cider while the leaves fall all around you, and all that other jazz. That’s why we urge you to take advantage of this bounty of new releases that you should consider checking out before you decide you want to just hide out in your apartment from the cold weather that is fast approaching.
Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon (September 17th, Penguin Press)
How can you call a new Pynchon novel anything but an event? The reclusive author returns with his latest that is set in a post-9/11 New York, and finds the main character, Maxine Tarnow, “mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler’s aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. ”