Fall’s banquet of books include J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel and Tom Wolfe’s latest work set in Miami. Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, Michael Chabon and Emma Donoghue will each release much-anticipated works of fiction. Favorite authors John Grisham, Mitch Albom, Dennis Lehane, Ken Follett and Lee Child are also on the menu. And, of course, James Patterson has loaded up another big plate.
Week of Sept. 3
The Time Keeper — Mitch Albom
A compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours. The man who became Father Time.
NW — Zadie Smith
Smith’s first novel in seven years is a dazzling portrait of modern London.
Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures — Emma Straub
The story of a midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.
Week of Sept. 10
Telegraph Avenue — Michael Chabon
Five years after his bestselling “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” Chabon returns with the story of a threatened 1970s record store that borders historically black Oakland and hippie-progressive Berkeley.
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher) — Lee Child
The third novel in an arc which begins with 61 Hours, then Worth Dying For, Reacher’s trying to get to Virginia to meet Susan, a woman whose voice makes the trip worthwhile.
Delusion in Death (In Death Series) — J.D. Robb
Lt. Eve Dallas takes on a homegrown terrorist who masterminded a pair of unfathomable attacks that left 127 citizens dead.
The Malice of Fortune — Michael Ennis
Ennis recreates the complex politics of 16th-century Renaissance Italy in this absorbing and intelligent thriller that teams Leonardo da Vinci with Niccolò Machiavelli.
This Is How You Lose Her — Junot Diaz
A collection of short stories about love and its complications, primarily revolving around one character, a stubborn, sci-fi loving, New Jersey Dominican named Yunior.
The Yellow Birds — Kevin Powers
A Iraq war veteran’s debut novel about two young soldiers trying to stay alive.
A Fistful of Collars (Chet and Bernie Series) — Spencer Quinn
Everyone’s favorite detective team returns in a new adventure as canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs.
Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat) — Richard Castle
In the fourth book in the series, Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again, facing an unsolved murder mystery that has haunted Nikki for ten years.
Robert Parker’s Fool Me Twice (Jesse Stone) — Michael Brandman
Brandman’s second Jesse Stone novel since he took over for the late Robert Parker. In this one, there’s Tinseltown-style trouble in Paradise.
Week of Sept. 17
Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy — Ken Follett
Follett follows up his bestselling Fall of Giants with another page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.
San Miguel by T. Coraghessan Boyle
From the bestselling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women’s lives on a California island.
Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar) — Harlan Coben
When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon—find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their friend Rachel.
Low Pressure — Sandra Brown
A bestseller about an old homicide that once dominated the headlines brings a family back together.
Dead Anyway — Chris Knopf
Knopf, creator of lawyer Jackie Swaitkowski (Ice Cap) and retired engineer Sam Acquillo (Black Swan), reaches a new imaginative peak with market researcher Arthur Cathcart in this outstanding revenge novel.
Week of Sept. 24
The Casual Vacancy — J. K. Rowling
The Harry Potter creator’s first novel for adults is set in the little English town of Pagford and revolves around an election held after a member of the parish council unexpectedly dies.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect — James Patterson
Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family . . . and the dark secrets they’re keeping from one another.
Sutton — J.R. Moehringer
The first novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling memoirist is a work of historical fiction based on the rollicking life of Willie Sutton, the most beloved bank robber in American history.
May We All Be Forgiven — A. M. Homes
A darkly comic novel of twenty-first-century domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation.
Week of Oct. 1
Live by Night — Dennis Lehane
Lehane delivers a masterful epic of Prohibition-era America told through the story of a charismatic young gangster on his rise through the glitz and the violence of the Roaring 20s.
Mad River (Virgil Flowers) — John Sandford
Flowers and the forces of Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension battle trigger-happy Bare County Sheriff Lewis Duke in pursuit of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde.
Reflected In You (Crossfire series) — Sylvia Day
The sensual saga of Eva and Gideon continues in the hotly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Bared To You. Titled changed from Deeper Into You.
Phantom (Harry Hole) — Jo Nesbø
Nesbø, Norway’s answer to Stieg Larsson, sells a novel every 23 seconds. Phantom finds Harry, recently returned from the opium dens of Hong Kong minus half a finge, being shunned by his former colleagues and stalked by dark temptations.
In Sunlight and in Shadow — Mark Helprin
Set in 1940s New York City, the novel follows a middle-class paratrooper who falls in love at first sight with a beautiful heiress.
The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus Series) — Rick Riordan
In Book 3, Percy, Hazel, and Frank unite with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore — Robin Sloan
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore
Say You’re Sorry — Michael Robotham
Australia-based writer Robotham’s insightful psychologist Joe O’Loughlin once again tackles a tough case involving crimes that do not seem related.
Blasphemy — Sherman Alexie
New and selected stories from two decades of writing by the National Book Award–winning, best-selling writer.
Week of Oct. 9
NYPD Red — James Patterson and Marshall Karp
Patterson’s latest creation, NYPD Red, is a special task force charged with protecting the interests of Manhattan’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens.
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond — Kim Harrison
An enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison’s beloved, bestselling Hollows series.
Week of Oct. 16
Hidden — P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
The 10th installment of the bestselling the House of Night vampire series. It’s been No. 1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists.
The Secret Keeper — Kate Morton
The secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined.
The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy) — Justin Cronin
At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of the trilogy, this same group of survivors go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.
The Panther (John Corey) — Nelson DeMille
Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing.
The Bone Bed (A Scarpetta Novel) — Patricia Cornwell
In Alberta, Canada, an eminent paleontologist disappears from a dinosaur dig site, and at the Cambridge Forensic Center, Kay Scarpetta receives a grisly communication that gives her a dreadful reason to suspect this may become her next case.
Sleep No More — Iris Johansen
Two protagonists from Johansen’s earlier thrillers go rogue.
Week of Oct. 23
Back to Blood — Tom Wolfe
Wolfe’s latest foray explores the ins and outs of Miami’s immigrant culture. The novel has been described as Wolfe’s take on “class, family, wealth, race, crime, sex, corruption and ambition in Miami, the city where America’s future has arrived first.”
The Racketeer — John Grisham
Grisham’s latest legal novel is about a federal judge’s murder and an imprisoned lawyer who has inside knowledge on the details of the murder.
The Bridge — Karen Kingsbury
A heartwarming Christmas story about a devastating flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.
The Middlesteins — Jami Attenberg
An epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. The Middlesteins explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.
Who Could That Be At This Hour? — Lemony Snicket
Snicket, author of the wildly successful Series of Unfortunate Events stories, returns with the first in the projected four-volume All the Wrong Questions series, supplying “autobiographical” accounts of his unusual childhood.
The Elephant Keepers’ Children — Peter Hoeg
The author of Smilla’s Sense of Snow examines religious fundamentalism versus religious freedom in this enjoyable farce about an unusual Danish family.
Week of Oct. 29
The Sins of the Mother — Danielle Steel
Olivia Grayson has built a highly renowned home-furnishings empire. The drawback to her phenomenal success is that she missed out on much of her children’s lives.
Ruins (Pathfinder Trilogy) — Orson Scott Card
The adventure, suspense, and time travel continue in this second installment in the critically acclaimed bestselling Pathfinder series.
Astray — Emma Donoghue
Fourteen connected stories of travel from the 1930s to the 1960s, which the author has been writing one by one over the past decade and a half.
Week of Nov. 6
The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy (The Inn Trilogy) – Nora Roberts
Roberts introduces the Montgomery brothers–Beckett, Ryder, and Owen–as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.
Flight Behavior — Barbara Kingsolver
The story of an Appalachian woman who gave up her dreams to remain in her insular town after becoming pregnant at age 17.
Poseidon’s Arrow (Dirk Pitt) — Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
Pitt and his team to go on a desperate international chase to retrieve an attack submarine.
Week of Nov. 13
Sweet Tooth — Ian McEwan
McEwan’s first female protagonist since Atonement is about to learn that espionage is the ultimate seduction.
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross — James Patterson
A Patterson novella. It’s Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box.
Dear Life: Stories — Alice Munro
Stories set in the countryside and towns around Lake Huron that paint a portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.
The Testament of Mary — Colm Toibin
The Irish author imagines the life of a much older Mary as she attempts to look back and comprehend the events that would come to comprise the New Testament.
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series) — Jeff Kinney
Kinney explores middle school romance in the seventh book in the wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Reached (Matched Trilogy Series) — Ally Condie
The conclusion of the young adult series about a girl in a dystopian future where choice is taken away, and a young woman falls in love with a guy she has not been matched with.
Week of Nov. 20
Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum) — Janet Evanovich
The 19th (if you couldn’t guess) book in the popular series about a wacky New Jersey bounty hunter.
Finale (Hush, Hush Saga) — Becca Fitzpatrick
In the conclusion of the Young Adult series, Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or not. But can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide.
Week of Nov. 27
The Black Box (Harry Bosch) — Michael Connelly
In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photojournalist during the L.A. riots.
Cold Days (The Dresden Files) –Jim Butcher
Book 14 in a series of contemporary fantasy/mystery novels about private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden who gets involved in supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago. A bargain made in desperation with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced him into a new job: professional killer.