John Grisham and Stephen King are headed to the top of the bestsellers list with new novels that revisit previous terrain. Donna Tartt returns for the first time in a decade, and Bridget Jones is back. Mitch Albom pens his first novel with new publisher Harper.
Bill O’Reilly and Malcolm Gladwell have new works of non-fiction. The J.D. Salinger bio we’ve been waiting for. Several books will mark the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy’s death in November.
Mystery fans will be fulfilled by new work from Lee Child, John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Sue Grafton (she’s on ‘W”) and Janet Evanovich (she’s on “Twenty”).
- MaddAddam: A Novel by Margaret Atwood. The third installment in the Canadian author’s speculative fiction trilogy.
- Never Go Back by Lee Child. Reacher finally makes it to Virginia, where he hopes to meet Susan Turner. Of course, he runs into trouble.
- Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno. The definitive biography of author J.D. Salinger.
- W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton. Kinsey is drawn into the investigations of two murders.
- Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem. From the author of “Motherless Brooklyn,” a family saga that interweaves the stories of three generations of American radicals with that of the American Communist Party.
- Enon by Paul Harding. A New England-set sequel to Harding’s novel “Tinkers,” which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon. A novel about New York swindlers in the interregnum between the 1990s collapse of the dot-com boom and 9/11.
- Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan. The tale of a black Los Angeles family’s disharmony around the narratives of three bickering sisters.
- The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. Read his latest love story, or wait for the movie, which is due out in February, 2015.
- Doctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King. Dan Torrance, the hero of “The Shining,” has grown up and still doing battle with the dark side.
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Lahiri follows up “The Namesake” with a generations-spanning novel of revolution, family secrets, and arranged marriage.
- Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly. The author of best-sellers “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln” details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history.
- Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. The sixth book in the Michael Bennett series.
- One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. The popular author chronicles a pivotal season in American history.
- David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. In the tradition of his previous bestsellers, Gladwell draws upon history, psychology and powerful storytelling to challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages.
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. A sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge from the bestselling author of “Eat, Pray, Love.”
- The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4) by Rick Riordan. At the conclusion of “The Mark of Athena,” Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. What happens next.
- Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek. Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a presidential historian delivers a new portrait of this president and his inner circle of advisors.
- Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis. The authors, both Texans, take account of the events in Dallas leading up to the assassination of JFK.
- Storm Front by John Sandford. The seventh Virgil Flowers mystery opens with an archeological dig in Israel.
- Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding. The new Bridget Jones novel explores a different phase in the character’s life.
- Identical by Scott Turow. Turow’s latest novel is the story of identical twins Paul and Cass Giannis and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors.
- The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice. Rice returns to Northern California for the second book in the Wolf Gift Chronicles.
- Sycamore Row by John Grisham. Grisham return to Clanton (“A Time To Kill”) as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The author of the”The Secret History” and “The Little Friend” returns with a highly anticipated new novel. It clocks in at 784 pages.
- Allegiant (Divergent) by Veronica Roth. Divergent is the biggest YA series since “The Hunger Games.” The third and final book.
- We Are Water by Wally Lamb. A disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy.
- If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield. Greenfield has the insight and imagination needed to make this a compelling read.
- The Death of Santini by James Conway. A memoir in which the author of “The Prince of Tides” and his father, the inspiration for “The Great Santini,” find common ground at long last.
- The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations by Ree Drummond. The Food Network personality is in the holiday spirit.
- The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. An epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the mountains of a remote Chinese village.
- Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The “Game Change” authors return with an explosive account of the 2012 presidential election.
- The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin. A history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air.
- The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom. A small town on Lake Michigan gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife.
- Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanowich. Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss.
- The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly. Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns with a haunting case.