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What You Can Find in Bookstores This Fall

As the dog days of summer draw to a close and we store our beachwear and sunblock, the crisp air of autumn brings more than fallen leaves and fuzzy blankets. The list of new books to hit the shelves is looking pretty promising already, and here we selected the ones that are sure to be a hit with readers.

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende: In her latest novel, best-selling author Isabel Allende brings the story of three unlikely people who converge in unforeseen circumstances, traveling from present day Brooklyn and Guatemala, to 1970s Chile and Brazil. Publication date: Oct. 31/Atria Books.

A Selfie As Big As the Ritz by Lara Williams: This collection of stories compiles the narratives of very different women in various stages of their lives dealing with love, family and loneliness. Publication date: Oct. 31/Flatiron Books.

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie: The much-awaited return of The Satanic Verses author, Salman Rushdie hits the ground running. As Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States, a mysterious billionaire takes up residence in a luxurious complex named “The Gardens” in New York’s Greenwich Village, under the watch of curious neighbors. The Golden House gives a glimpse into the current complicated divisions of American society. Publication date: Sept. 5/Random House.

George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl: A commentary on the difficulties and sometimes unrealistic expectations of marriage, George and Lizzie are in a decisive moment of their relationship where everything seems to be unbalanced, particularly in regards to one major hiccup: he’s happy, she’s not. Can a marriage survive when the past is constantly interrupting? Publication date: Sept. 5/Touchstone.

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall: Eerily familiar to the very real string of sexual assaults by teachers in elite schools, Whittall’s novel is the shocking story of an esteemed science teacher and local hero, who is one night charged with sexual misconduct by police. The Best Kind of People reveals how a seemingly perfect family is irreversibly affected by scandal and accusations. Publication date: Sept. 19/Random House-Ballantine.

The First Day by Phil Harrison: Set in Ireland, this debut novel portrays the forbidden affair of a young Beckett scholar with a married pastor. Their lives will be unequivocally altered when the young scholar learns she’s pregnant and the affair is revealed with consequences that will span over the course of thirty years. Publication date: Oct. 24/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks: This selection of short stories with an unusual variation of narratives, carry the wit and versatility of its author. From a man who loves to bowl and ends up as an ESPN celebrity to a millionaire and his secretary who diverge from business to bliss, readers will connect to this unusual cast of characters. Publication date: Oct. 17/Knopf Doubleday.

The Best of Us by Joyce Maynard: This is our only non-fiction selection, but if you’ve ever read Maynard’s novels (Labor Day, Under the Influence) you’ll understand why. This time around, she brings to readers the beautiful but equally heartbreaking story of her second marriage to a wonderful man who she lost to an aggressive form of cancer after only three years of being together. In truth, The Best of Us could have been solely a testimony of hurt and despair, but Maynard injects her unique humor into it with a combination of disaster stories which many will find relatable, to the joy of finding love with her second husband Jim at the age of fifty-nine. Publication date: Sept. 5, Bloomsbury.

Sisters by Lily Tuck: With an evocative hint of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Tuck’s novel portrays the life of an unnamed narrator who becomes increasingly infatuated with her husband’s equally nameless first wife. The result is a thrilling mix of elements in which love, lies and obsession go hand in hand. Publication date: Sept. 5/Grove Atlantic.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King: Something strange is happening to women when they sleep: their bodies are wrapped in a bizarre cocoon-like gauze, and if the are suddenly awoken or their shells violated, they become incredibly violent. Where do the women go when they sleep? And why is only one woman spared from whatever affects the rest? The answer is more frightening than you think. Publication date: September 26/Scribner.

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain: No one who knows her can explain why twenty-three year old Tess DeMello ends her engagement with the man who was allegedly the love of her life, only to marry a stranger whom she’s only seen a handful of times and moves with him to Hickory, North Carolina. Predictably enough, this cannot end well, and while we learn the reasons behind Tess’ impulsive decision, her husband Henry begins keeping his distance as well as secrets. Against the backdrop of 1940s small-town America, and as an aggressive polio epidemic runs rampant, Tess takes up a job as a nurse at the local hospital against Henry’s wishes, which only seems to exacerbate his already bizarre behavior. Publication date: Oct. 3/ St. Martin’s Press.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill: A collection of mixed stories which the author himself partially describes as “dreams and nightmares,” Strange Weather in summary, is exactly that. With fear inducing storms as the central topic, horror story master Joe Hill invites readers to go on a heart-stopping ride that terrifyingly delivers what it promises.

About Adriana Delgado

Adriana Delgado is a freelance journalist, with published reviews on independent and foreign films in publications such as Cineaction magazine and on She also works as an Editorial News Assistant for the Palm Beach Daily News (A.K.A. The Shiny Sheet) and contributes with book reviews for the well-known publication, Library Journal.

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