By Aly Walansky

Summer is behind us, and gone are our beachside novel options. Even without sun and surf, though, we’re entitled to a great page-turner. Whether you crave delicious reads or want to get a little more serious, here are some fall releases you may want to dive your nose into…

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Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter

Hollywood girl crush Ali Larter shows she’s great at a lot more than acting when this title hits stores this month (release date September 10, 2013). This is a fabulous entertaining guidebook and cookbook for those of us new to the art of entertaining. Whether you aim to make gougères – a decadent cheese puff with a surprisingly easy preparation – or the slightly more elaborate Fig Prosciutto and Mascarpone Crostini, you’ll be a pro by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. 

 

The book is presented in the form of a monthly culinary scrapbook, with recipe suggestions and entertaining ideas, so it’s great to pop out whenever hosting opportunities arise. We all want to host the quintessential dinner party that’ll leave our friends talking for weeks – this brings us one step closer. Thanks, Ali!

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 It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way by Laura A. Wasser 

As the October chill sets in, dig into a deeper subject with the lawyer who has represented Maria Shriver, Kim Kardashian, Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears and many more in this page-turner about real-life Hollywood divorces. Laura Wasser’s book isn’t just about getting divorced – but the smart way to handle a sad moment in your life and relationship. The divorce rate in America is just about half of all marriages (that’s a scary fact!), but as marriage has evolved, so has divorce. 

Believe it or not, you can handle this lamentable landmark moment in your life affordably, cleanly and with as little pain as possible. Divorce is devastating, but perhaps some of this book’s tips can give you safer passage in your own marriage travails. Maybe divorce doesn’t have to be about a sad end but about moving forward to a better place? Wasser attempts to show you how and offers some really fine insights.

 

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The Spy Who Loved by Clare Mullay

If your fall reading list veers more toward dark and disturbing – that’s always been my genre of choice – you need to read this true harrowing story of a murder that took place over the summer of 1952 in South Kensington. Especially suited for those fascinated by historical works, this one will absorb you from page one to finish. 

Partake in a story about patriotism, espionage and heroism in the age of WWII Poland as you learn how Christine Granville, Britain’s first female special agent, survived the war as the daughter of a Polish aristocrat and his Jewish wife, and saved myriad lives. We won’t reveal the ending, but trust us … it’s a must-read!

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