Fall Arts Preview

Our annual look at the state of the arts.


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Fall Books

We put our best guesses together with the recommendations of local expert Joan Ripley at the Second Story Book Shop in Chappaqua, sifted through the buzz, and predicted a few upcoming novels that are sure to be this season’s must-haves.

A Mercy, Toni Morrison
(November 11, Knopf)
From the author of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved comes another sure-fire Toni Morrison bestseller, also exploring the relationships between mothers and daughters and the deeper consequences of slavery. In A Mercy, Morrison delves into the darkness and danger during the 1680s American slave trade by having her protagonist, a precocious young slave girl cast off by her mother and taken in by an Anglo-Dutch master, try to come to terms with her own abandonment.

The Widows of Eastwick, John Updike
(October 28, Knopf)
Karma always has a way of catching up with you—or does it? John Updike’s sequel to The Witches of Eastwick is set three decades later with witches Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie living now as widows, traveling the world, making new friends, then finally returning to Rhode Island. Will the trials of old age finally bring about

The Partnership

Charles D. Ellis
(October 7, Penguin Press HC)
For all you bankers, real estate moguls, finance tycoons, and other Masters of the Universe, here comes Charles D. Ellis’s The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs. Fifty years ago, Goldman Sachs stood as a small family firm, and now it stands as one of the leading investment banks in the world. Ellis introduces you to the forces at work behind the goldmine and the struggles and successes of the corporation. (Prop this book on your desk at work, and hope it attracts money.)

College Girl, Patricia Weitz

(Dec 26, Riverhead Hardcover)
For some of you, your college days may still be a fresh memory (Still living off Ramen?). For others, your collegiate days may be a blur. Regardless, pick up Patricia Weitz’s College Girl for an honest look at the current campus lifestyle of drugs, drinking, and dating. Set at the typical state university, Weitz explores the tumultuous life of Natalie Bloom, a beautiful, reserved college senior and what happens to her when she loses her virginity and falls in love with a less than stellar boy. For parents who have been morbidly curious about the real college dirt—brace yourselves.

Also Consider:
Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, H. W. Brands
(November 4, Doubleday)
With rising gas prices and economic recession, why not look back to the days when things were worse than they are now—The Great Depression—and how former president FDR was able to salvage the American economy and restore faith in the country. In Traitor to His Class, H. W. Brands relies on salvaged speeches, personal accounts from close associates, and personal correspondences with family and colleagues to investigate the strengths of FDR’s presidency. And with presidential elections looming, revisiting FDR’s revolutionizing New Deal legislation may not be such a bad idea.
—Carrie Schmelkin





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