Changing foliage? Pshaw. Back-to-school jitters? As if. Crisp morning walks? Isn’t that why we bought a treadmill? The real reason we get worked up for fall is the influx of really good movies, books, music and TV. Here’s what we’re most excited to check out this September.

The Book: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
We’ve loved the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist ever since her short-story collection Interpreter of Maladies hit in 1998. (Full disclosure: She once had PureWow’s Books editor over for tea!) Her newest novel follows an Indian-American man who marries his brother’s widow--and it’s so good it has already been short-listed for a Booker Prize. Release date: September 24

The Movie: Enough Said
The late, great James Gandolfini stars opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus as an empty nester negotiating a new and tenuous relationship. With Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Please Give) in the director’s chair, we know this film will be nuanced and true to life. Supporting roles go to two of our faves, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. Release date: September 18

The Album: The Electric Lady by Janelle Monáe
The 27-year-old suit-sporting, pompadour-rocking soul singer is one cool gal, and her sophomore effort boasts both retro charm and total danceability. We’ve got the funk-fabulous “Givin’ Em What They Love” (featuring Prince!) on repeat over here. Release date: September 10

The TV Show: The Crazy Ones
The fall premieres are always a bit of a crapshoot, but we’re really excited about CBS’s new comedy, which stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller as father-daughter advertising execs. Mork and Buffy go Don and Sally? Yes, please. Premieres September 26

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