Autumn Books a wide range of literary and business favorites


NEW YORK — The wait for one of fall’s most likely bestsellers has been growing all year.

For months, Colleen Hoover’s millions of fans on TikTok, Instagram and elsewhere have been talking and posting the first snippets of her novel “It Starts With Us.” By summer, the author’s sequel to his bestseller “It’s Ending With Us” had already reached the top 10. It might have climbed higher but for competition from other Hoover novels, including “Ugly Love,” “Verity” and, of course, “It Ends With Us,” the dramatic tale of a love triangle and women’s endurance in the face of domestic violence that young TikTok users have embraced and helped make Hoover the nation’s most popular fiction writer.

Hoover’s extraordinary run on bestseller lists, from to The New York Times, has been Beatle-esque for much of 2022, with four or more books likely to appear in the top 10 at some time. “It Starts With Us” had been so longed for by her admirers — CoHorts, some call themselves — that she broke a personal rule: don’t let “outside influences” determine her next book.

“I never allowed myself to entertain a sequel, but with the number of people emailing me every day and tagging me in an online petition to write about (these characters), their story started to building in my head the same way my other books begin,” she told The Associated Press in a recent email. “Ultimately, I wanted to tell this story as much as my other stories, so I owe the readers a big thank you for the nudge.”

Hoover’s new book should help extend what has been another solid year for the industry. Booksellers eagerly await a mix of trade favorites such as Hoover, Anthony Horowitz, Beverly Jenkins and Veronica Roth alongside what Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt calls a “really solid” range of literary releases, including novels by Ian McEwan and Kate Atkinson.

The fall will also feature new fiction from Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk and Pulitzer Prize winners Elizabeth Strout and Andrew Sean Greer. Celeste Ng’s ‘Our Missing Hearts’ is her first novel since ‘Little Fires Everywhere’. Collections of stories are expected from George Saunders, Andrea Barrett and Ling Ma, as well as novels by Percival Everett, Barbara Kingsolver, Kevin Wilson, NK Jemisin, Lydia Millet and Yiyun Li.

Cormac McCarthy, 89, has new fiction coming for the first time in more than a decade with “The Passenger” and its sidekick “Stella Maris.” John Irving, who turns 80 this year, calls 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 Magic Kingdom’, and former American Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, 81, has written the autobiography ‘Jersey Breaks’, in which he discusses what he calls the “tribalism” and “nationalism”. of the current moment when thinking back to his childhood in Long Branch, New Jersey.

“I realized I wasn’t a great sociologist or a political sage, but I thought I could handle that by going back to growing up in a segregated, biracial, lower-middle-class town,” Pinsky says. “I felt that all the answers I could have would be found there.”

“Come On, Man!: The Truth About Joe Concha’s Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Bad Presidency” is the most colorful name in the latest series of books attacking an incumbent president – a long and successful publishing tradition. But the most high-profile political reporting works focus on Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, including “Confidence Man,” 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 all-new book since her 2018 worldwide bestseller, “Becoming.” Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘Bibi’ is the former Israeli prime minister’s first memoir, while US politicians with new books include Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and the Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.

The fall will see many posthumous releases, from John le Carré’s letters and Alan Rickman’s diaries to Leonard Cohen’s fiction and the memoirs of Michael K. Williams and Paul Newman, including “The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man”. restores a project the actor abandoned years before his death in 2008.

“Victory Is Assured” compiles essays by the late critic and novelist Stanley Crouch, and “Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story” features the influential Greg Tate, who passed away last year. Assorted works by Randall Kenan, the award-winning fiction writer who died in 2020, are collected in “Black Folk Could Fly.” Her friend Tayari Jones, author of the acclaimed novel “An American Marriage,” wrote the introduction.

“Reading the pages of the manuscript, I would sometimes talk to him, asking 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 having a drink — boulevardiers! – and he had just told a hilarious anecdote. Other times, his genius underscored the breadth and depth of our loss, and I sat at my kitchen table and wept.

Celebrity books include “Surrender” by Bono, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” by Matthew Perry, and “Dying of Politeness” by Geena Davis. Bob Dylan reflects on an art form he helped reinvent in ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’, while the title of Jan Wenner’s memoir evokes the Dylan classic that inspired the name of the magazine he has founded, “Like a Rolling Stone”.

Memoirs are also planned from Steve Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Constance Wu and Brian Johnson. Patti Smith’s “A Book of Days” draws on words and images from her widely followed Instagram account, on which she could 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 media I really get involved with,” Smith says. “The book was actually quite laborious. It takes time to write a short caption. You have to find a way to convey a lot in a few sentences.

In poetry, a notable output is a work of narrative prose: “Marigold and Rose” by Nobel laureate Louise Glück is a brief exploration of the minds of twin babies, inspired by the author’s grandchildren. old Glück, whose earlier versions include more than 10 collections of poetry and two collections of essays.

The new poetry includes works by Pulitzer Laureates Jorie Graham and Sharon Olds, Saeed Jones, Jenny Xie, former American Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Joy Harjo, Linda Pastan and Wang Yin, the Chinese poet whose “A Summer Day in company of ghosts” is his first work to be published in English.

The history books will cover the famous and the forgotten. Among the former are Pulitzer-winning Jon Meacham’s “And There Was Light,” the latest entry into the Abraham Lincoln Scholarship canon, and Pulitzer-winning Samuel Adams’ biography Stacy Schiff, “The Revolutionary “. Fred Kaplan, who focused on Lincoln’s prose in “Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer,” now assesses Thomas Jefferson in “His Masterly Pen: A Biography of Jefferson the Writer.”

Releases spotlighting those less remembered include Kevin Hazzard’s “American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Am Paramedics” and Katie Hickman’s “Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West”. With the reversal last summer of Roe v. Wade, Laura Kaplan’s “Jane’s Story” is a timely reissue of her 1995 book about the clandestine abortion counseling service founded in Chicago in 1969, four years before the landmark Supreme Court Roe ruling.

Bruce Henderson’s “Bridge to the Sun” centers on the recruitment of Japanese-Americans, some of whom had been in internment camps, to help collect American intelligence during World War II.

“It was really hard to do research because a lot of them were working on top secret projects and even after their release they were reminded that they were under national security law and that military secrets had to be kept,” Henderson said. . “We had to do a lot of research and reach out to families and see what veterans left behind. Of the six guys I follow in my book, only one was still alive.


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