Here are the most anticipated books of the fall – a broad mix of literary and commercial favourites
This combination of covers shows various novels coming out this fall, top row from left, Bliss Montage by Ling Ma, The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li, Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet, It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover and The Last Chairlift by John Irving, second row from left, Less is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer, Liberation Day by George Saunders, Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout, The Magic Kingdom by Russell Banks, “Natural History” by Andrea Barrett, bottom row from left, “Now is Not the Time to Panic” by Kevin Wilson, “Our Missing Hearts” by Celeste Ng, “The Passenger” by Cormac McCarthy, “Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson and Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy.
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The anticipation of one of fall’s most likely bestsellers has been growing year-round. Colleen Hoover’s millions of fans on TikTok, Instagram and elsewhere have been reaching out for months, posting early excerpts from her novel “It starts with us.”
The sequel to her bestseller “It ends with us” already reached the top 10 on Amazon.com in the summer. Without competition from other Hoover novels, including Ugly Love, Verity, and of course It Ends With Us, the dramatic tale of a love triangle and domestic violence from such a young woman, it might have climbed higher than TikTok users have Hoover adopted and helped make him the country’s most popular novelist.
Hoover’s exceptional run on bestseller lists, from Amazon.com to the New York Times, has been Beatle-esque for much of 2022, with four or more books likely appearing in the top 10 at any given time. It Starts With Us was so desired by her admirers – some call themselves CoHorts – that she broke a personal rule: Don’t let “outside influences” dictate your next book.
Colleen Hoover has a new book out, It Starts With Us.
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“I’ve never allowed myself to entertain a sequel, but with the amount of people emailing me every day and tagging me in an online petition to write about (these characters), their story started in start to build up in my head the same way my other books do,” she told the Associated Press in a recent email. “Ultimately, I’ve longed to tell this story just like my other stories, so I owe the readers a big thank you for the nudge.”
Hoover’s new book should help extend another solid year for the industry. Booksellers are looking forward to a mix of commercial favorites like Hoover, Anthony Horowitz, Beverly Jenkins and Veronica Roth alongside what Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt calls a “really strong” lineup of literary releases, including novels by Ian McEwan and Kate Atkinson .
Fall will also feature new novels by Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and Pulitzer Prize winners Elizabeth Strout and Andrew Sean Greer. Celeste Ngs “Our Missing Hearts” is her first novel since Little Fires Everywhere. Story collections by George Saunders, Andrea Barrett and Ling Ma are expected, as well as novels by Percival Everett, Barbara Kingsolver, Kevin Wilson, NK Jemisin, Lydia Millet and Yiyun Li.
Cormac McCarthy, 89, has new fiction for the first time in more than a decade with The Passenger and his companion Stella Maris. John Irving, who turned 80 this year, hits the 900 page “The Last Chairlift” his last ‘long novel’, a description that could apply to much of his career.
Russell Banks, 82, has completed the elegiac novel “The Magical Kingdom” and former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, 81, has written the autobiography Jersey Breaks, in which he addresses what he calls contemporary “tribalism” and “nationalism” by discussing his childhood in Long Branch, New Jersey, think
Upcoming celebrity books include: top row from left, Dying of Politeness by Geena Davis, Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands by Linda Ronstadt and Lawrence Downes, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” by Matthew Perry, “The Light We Carry” by Michelle Obama, “Making a Scene” by Constance Wu, “Madly, Deepply” by Alan Rickman, “Scenes from My Life” by Michael K. Williams with Jon Sternfeld and ” Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono.
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“I realized I’m not much of a sociologist or a political sage, but I thought I could deal with it by growing up again in a city that was segregated, multiracial, and lower-middle class,” Pinsky says. “I had a feeling all sorts of answers would be found there.”
Joe Conchas “C’mon Man!: The Truth About Joe Biden’s Terrible, Terrible, Useless, Very Bad Presidency” is the most dazzling book in the latest series of books attacking an incumbent president – a long and profitable publishing tradition. But the best-known works of political reporting deal with Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, among other things “shop steward,” by Maggie Haberman of The New York Times and “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021” by Peter Baker of The Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.
Michelle Obama’s “The Light We Carry” is her first whole new book since her 2018 worldwide bestseller Becoming. Benjamin Netanyahu “Bib” is the first paper by the former Israeli prime minister, while new-book American politicians include Congressman Cori Bush of Missouri, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.
The fall will feature numerous posthumous publications, from the letters of John le Carre and the diaries of Alan Rickman to novels by Leonard Cohen and memoirs by Michael K. Williams and Paul Newman, whose “The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man” restores a project the actor abandoned years before his death in 2008.
“Victory is certain” compiles essays by the late critic and novelist Stanley Crouch, and “Are Just a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Stories” includes the influential Greg Tate, who died last year. It collects select works by Randall Kenan, the award-winning novelist who died in 2020 “Black people could fly.” His friend Tayari Jones, author of the acclaimed novel An American Marriage, wrote the introduction.
“Sometimes, as I was going through the pages of the manuscript, I would talk to him and ask him why he never told me this or that,” Jones told the AP. “Sometimes I’d laugh out loud and say, ‘Randall, you’re so crazy!’ – as if we were going to have a drink – boulevardiers! — and he had just shared a hilarious anecdote. Another time, its brilliance underscored the breadth and depth of our loss, and I sat at my kitchen table and cried.”
Celebrity books are bonos “Give up,” Matthew Perrys “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” and Geena Davis’ “Dying of politeness.” Bob Dylan reflects on an art form he reinvented in The Philosophy of Modern Song, while the title of Jan Wenner’s memoir harks back to the Dylan classic Like a Rolling Stone, which helped inspire the magazine he founded Has.
Memoirs are also planned by Steve Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Constance Wu and Brian Johnson. Patti Smiths “A diary” builds on the words and images of her popular Instagram account, where she can post anything from a statue of Leonardo da Vinci to her cat staring at the cover of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot.
“I love doing my Instagram; It’s the only social medium I’m really active on,” says Smith. “The book was actually quite tedious. It takes time to write a short caption. You have to find a way to convey a lot in a few sentences.”
In poetry, one notable publication is a work of narrative prose: Nobel laureate Louise Gluck’s “Marigold and Rose” is a brief exploration of the minds of twin children, inspired by the author’s grandchildren. It is the first published fiction by the 79-year-old Gluck, whose previous publications include more than 10 volumes of poetry and two volumes of essays.
New poetry includes works by Pulitzer Prize winners Jorie Graham and Sharon Olds, Saeed Jones, Jenny Xie, former US Poetry Prize winners Billy Collins and Joy Harjo, Linda Pastan and Wang Yin, the Chinese poet whose “A Summer’s Day in the Company of Ghosts” is his first work in English.
History books cover the famous and the overlooked. The former include Pulitzer winner Jon Meacham “And there was light” the recent entry in the canon of the Abraham Lincoln grants and biography of Samuel Adams by Pulitzer winner Stacy Schiff, “The Revolutionary”. Fred Kaplan, who focused on Lincoln’s prose in Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, now evaluates Thomas Jefferson “His Masterful Pen: A Biography of Jefferson the Writer.”
Among the releases that highlight those that are less remembered is that of Kevin Hazzard “American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics”, and Katie Hickmans “Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West.” With the overturning last summer of Roe v. Wade, Laura Kaplans “The Story of Jane” is a contemporary reprint of her 1995 book about the illegal abortion counseling service, which was founded in Chicago in 1969, four years before the Supreme Court’s historic Roe ruling.
Bruce Hendersons “Bridge to the Sun” focuses on recruiting Japanese Americans, some of whom had been in internment camps, to help collect US intelligence during World War II.
“It was really difficult to research because a lot of them had been working on top-secret projects and even after they were released, they were reminded that they were subject to the National Security Act and military secrets needed to be protected,” says Henderson. “We had to do a lot of digging and contacting families and seeing what the veterans left behind. Of the six guys I follow in my book, only one is still alive.”
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