Fall marks the start of indoor weather. Not only is it a good time to catch much-anticipated movie releases, TV premieres, and art openings, the season is also particularly well suited to simply curling up on the sofa—or subway chair—with some reading material. We’ve asked Vogue’s editors and writers about what they’re looking forward to reading (or rereading), and the list includes a Nigerian magazine that challenges gender norms in the country’s fashion scene, a list of apocalyptic classics, a climate change fable, and essay bundles seeking to make sense of the extraordinary time we live in now.
I just finished Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (October 3). It’s a collection of his major pieces for The Atlantic during the Obama years and includes original and highly personal introductions to each. His arguments about race and racism in America are brilliant and troubling. Post-Charlottesville, this is required reading.
—Taylor Antrim, Articles Editor
I’m really looking forward to reading Claire Messud’s new novel, The Burning Girl (August 29). I loved her book The Emperor’s Children and have a weakness for stories about female friendship, so it’s right up my alley.—Patricia Garcia, Contributing Culture Writer
I’m reading Megan Hunter’s extraordinary debut, The End We Start From (November 7), this fall. It’s a spare, futuristic fable about a brand-new mother navigating a flooded world. While it’s written with poetic reticence, it paints an expansive and moving portrait of the struggles and celebrations that any new parent faces against a backdrop that feels at once like a distant nightmare and an all-too-probable consequence of climate change.
I also got my paws on advance copies of two outstanding memoirs, forthcoming this spring: Tara Westover’s Educated (February 20) and Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering (April 3)—both of which I highly recommend.—Chloe Schama, Senior Editor
I am now reading the Washington Post every day, having finally subscribed—since I kept hitting the paywall—with their really excellent reportage out of Washington. I am also addicted to a website called Messy Nessy Chic, which is based in Paris, details mysterious architectural and historical relics, and is endlessly fascinating. And, I’m rereading (for the millionth time) Luc Sante’s The Other Paris, in anticipation of my trip there in late September.—Lynn Yaeger, Contributing Editor
Less, by Andrew Sean Greer, which came out this summer (July 18), is both the funniest book I’ve read in a while and one of the more thoughtful.
The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido, by David Friend (out September 12), is an exhaustive, insightful exploration of America’s obsession with its own horny self through the lens of the last decade of the 20th century. (In terms of the current private part–grabbing commander in chief, it should go without saying that it goes a long way toward explaining how we ended up where we are now.)
Literally Me, by Julie Houts. I have long harbored secret suspicions that Julie Houts and I would be best friends if we ever met in person. I am not alone in this. She’s just that good. (I did, however, once call her “Instagram’s favorite illustrator” in a headline, and now that’s the lead blurb on her book, so, Julie, get at me.)
The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne, is like an Irish World According to Garp, by which I mean tender, dark, hilarious, heartbreaking—I loved it.
GingerNutz: The Jungle Memoir of a Model Orangutan (September 1), by Michael Roberts, is loosely based on the real life adventures of our Creative Director at Large Grace Coddington, and is something of a perfect diversion to our current sociopolitical troubles.—Alessandra Codinha, Culture Editor
I’m really interested in the new voices and stories coming out of Nigeria right now. There’s a new Nigerian magazine called A Nasty Boy, which is doing a lot to open the conversation about gender norms in fashion in Nigeria. That’s pretty radical, given the political climate and the culture there.
I also want to read A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (October 3), by Alexis Okeowo, a book that sheds light on the untold stories of the women and men who are fighting extremism on the continent. There are several stories in the book, one of which is a Nigerian girl who escapes Boko Haram. It’s nonfiction, but written in a way that’s totally appealing to a fiction-lover like me.—Chioma Nnadi, Fashion News Director
I just started rereading, for the umpteenth time, the collected stories of Grace Paley. Something about her characters seems very relevant to me now: their terseness, tenacity, bemused forbearance, and wry humor.—Sally Singer, Creative Digital Director
I’m particularly interested Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart (August 1), the first book from Lena Dunham’s Lenny imprint. It’s a collection of stories about immigrant girls coming of age in New York City, and judging by Zhang’s poetry and essays, the book will be witty, seductive, and a much-needed fresh take on the Chinese immigrant experience. I’m also looking forward to Morgan Jerkins’s This Will Be My Undoing (January 30, 2018), a collection of essays about black womanhood from one of the most incisive writers of culture—which is exactly what we need right now.—Mary Wang, Weekend Culture Editor
There’s so many fall books I’m psyched to read, including, and certainly not limited to, Anne Fadiman’s new memoir, The Wine Lover’s Daughter (November 7), Roz Chast’s latest, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York (October 3), and Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (October 3). Also, and as a rule, I always can’t wait to read whatever Taffy Brodessar-Akner comes up with next. Goal for 2018: Be more like Taffy Brodessar-Akner. (Don’t be creeped out, Taffy!)—Julia Felsenthal, Senior Culture Writer
I’ll be rereading my apocalypse favorites: Max Brooks’s World War Z and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. They are both about the apocalypse and—guess what—that’s my favorite theme. Also, I’m a diehard fan of the feminist women’s news website Reductress. Everyone should lighten up and read it.—Liana Satenstein, Senior Fashion News Writer
I am very excited to dip into Eve Babitz’s Sex and Rage, which was just reissued by Counterpoint Press. It’s the genius essayist’s 1979 novel about a beautiful Los Angeles surfer girl who heads east to establish her writing career in New York. If it’s anything like the other Babitz books I’ve inhaled, it’s going to be an orgy of period details and kicky pleasures.—Lauren Mechling, Senior Editor
I’m reading Secret Lives of First Ladies: Strange Stories and Shocking Trivia From Inside the White House (September 12), because First Ladies for sure have very secret lives now.—Edward Barsamian, Style Editor