AOL Recommends: What to Read this Weekend

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Gone are the days of lazy summer reading, but that doesn't mean there aren't new books to dive into this fall. Check out this week's picks below!


The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of the bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love returns to fiction with her newest book. Signature of All Things tells the story of the Whittaker family, who are blessed with wealth beyond imagine. Alma Whittaker inherits not only her family's money, but also her brilliant father's mind and with these gifts she becomes a botanist, delving into the mysteries of evolution. The New York Times calls Gilbert's novel a 'bracing homage to the many natures of genius.' Filled with rich characters and lyrical writing, you will be surprised by how compelling a story about botany can be.


The Returned by Jason Mott
Mott's debut novel will change the way you see zombies. The book tells the story of Harold and Lucille Hargrave, a couple who lost their son when he was only 8 years old. Years later, their son shows up on their doorstep in the flesh, the same age he was when he died. All around the world a similar phenomenon is happening, causing chaos to erupt and the Hargrave family at the center of a community about to collapse. If you enjoyed Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers, this book is for you.


The Dinner by Herman Koch
Hailed as the 'European Gone Girl' by The Wall Street Journal, The Dinner is the perfect choice for fall. Told over the course of just one meal, Koch's novel follows two families as they struggle to make the hardest decision of their lives. The families are unified by their two 15-year-old sons who have trigged a police investigation after one horrific act. Koch forces us to answer the question: What would you do in the face of an unspeakable tragedy?
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