Library News

By: Elizabeth Cate
For: Red Rock News
Date: August 23, 2013

Buzz Growing for Fall’s Biggest Books

The busy fall publishing season starts in September, and over the next few months, publishers will be releasing hundreds of new titles. You don’t need to be an industry insider to preview the most highly anticipated books of autumn. Editors at Amazon, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and other news sources in the book world have chosen the titles they predict will be the season’s biggest. Included in these lists are not only obvious fiction bestsellers, like sequels by John Grisham and Stephen King, but also releases in nonfiction categories—such as biographies and cookbooks—and under-the-radar selections that are generating less hype but being noticed by critics.

In September, don’t miss Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Lowland.” The second novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of “The Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” was praised in a Publishers Weekly review: “[This] haunting novel crosses generations, oceans, and the chasms that despair creates within families. Lahiri’s skill is reflected not only in her restrained and lyric prose, but also in her moving forward in chronological time while simultaneously unfolding memory. A formidable and beautiful book.” With a 350,000-copy initial print run, this book promises to be one of the leaders of the literary pack.

Other highlights in the September publishing calendar include the final novel in Margaret Atwood’s post-apocalyptic MaddAddam trilogy, a new techno-thriller from Thomas Pynchon, entitled “Bleeding Edge,” “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” by Katy Butler, which discusses issues concerning end-of-life care, and a new biography of J. D. Salinger.

The buzz continues in October, with titles from Elizabeth Gilbert, Helen Fielding, and Malcolm Gladwell. Gilbert’s forthcoming historical novel “The Signature of All Things” marks the “Eat, Pray, Love” memoirist’s return to fiction. Critics are calling the book “a brilliant exercise of intellect and imagination,” “beautifully written and imbued with a reverence for science and for learning,” and “a must-read.” Fielding is reviving her Bridget Jones series with the third installment, “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” which is set in modern-day London. In Malcolm Gladwell’s upcoming book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants,” the best-selling social science author “uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.”

In November, look for Amy Tan’s “The Valley of Amazement,” an epic novel about three generations of women in Shanghai and San Francisco, and “Double Down,” by the authors of “Game Change.”

Need more ideas as you stock up on books this fall? BookPage, available in print at Sedona Public Library and online through our web site,, contains great recommendations for reads in fiction, nonfiction, mystery, cooking, and more. Pick up this free monthly publication the next time you are at the Library.

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Elizabeth Cate
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Elizabeth Cate is Collection Development Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.