By Isabella Biedenharn
Updated October 10, 2016 at 06:14 PM EDT
Credit: Mettie Ostrowski for EW

The fall season’s must-read releases include a dishy Hollywood biography, a novel chronicling the spectacular implosion of a marriage, and a graphic memoir about a Syrian boyhood. Read on for our favorite just-released paperbacks of fall — perfect for tossing in your bag and reading on a crisp, autumn outing.

Margo Jefferson, Negroland

The Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic reveals what it was like to grow up among Chicago’s black elite in her mid-century-set memoir.

Brian Kellow, Can I Go Now?

This juicy bio recounts the career of Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers, who repped top-tier talent like Barbra Streisand and Sidney Lumet.

B.A. Shapiro, The Muralist

In Shapiro’s haunting historical novel, a young artist vanishes in 1940—and years later, her great-niece finds clues to her disappearance in her paintings.

Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

The horror classic—still one of the most terrifying books ever written—gets a snazzy new cover for what would have been Jackson’s 100th birthday.

Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?

In her second book of essays, Kaling brings her sitcom sensibility to sharply funny essays about dating, friendship, and body image.

Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

Catch up on Niven’s intense, heart-ripping novel about a pair of depressed teens before the film adaptation, starring Elle Fanning, hits screens.

Riad Sattouf, The Arab of the Future 2

In the sequel to his acclaimed 2015 graphic memoir, the former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist recalls what life was like for him as a boy in Syria.

Pierce Brown, Morning Star

Ed. Rachel Kushner, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016

Novelist Kushner worked with a group of high school students to collect the essays, poems, and stories that affected them the most.

Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies

President Obama’s favorite novel of 2015 tells the story of a 20-year marriage—and its destruction—from both sides.

This article originally appeared in the October 14, 2016 issue of Entertainment Weekly. Pick it up on stands today or subscribe online at