The USA Today published a list of what they think will be the top 25 books of the fall. All are in the catalog if they look interesting to you. They are listed below with the reasons they think they will be popular:
J.K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy : they believe that everyone is going to want to see if Rowling can be as successful with adults as she was with the Harry Potter series.
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe : Wolfe is 81 now but all of his books are always an event accord to USA Today.
The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward. Woodward is always popular and in an election year, this would be hard to miss.
Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly : he might have to books on the bestseller list at the same time as his Killing Lincoln is still very popular.
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger : How honest will Arnold be? You have to read it to find out I guess.
Who Could That Be At This Hour by Lemony Snicket : A complex mystery, first in a four-book series, starring a detective who is almost 13, written the way Raymond Chandler (The Long Goodbye) might have written for kids with a sense of humor.
A Wanted Man by Lee Child : The indomitable Reacher burns up the pages of every book in Child’s series.
Winter of the World by Ken Follett: Readers of the first book, Fall of Giantswill be eager to follow the characters further along into the 20th century.
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz : Readers and critics alike have been saying “Wow” about Junot Diaz since his story collection Drown, and the clamor only grew when he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon : Kirkus Reviews call this novel, by the Pulitzer-winning writer of Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, “a Joyce-an remix,” while The Atlantic has proclaimed it one of “the bigger literary events of the year.”
Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young : I just talked about this last week. One of the most invluencial singer/songwriters of his generation, his book ought to gain alot of attention.
Phantom by Jo Nesbo : Some say Nesbo, not Stieg Larsson, is the best crime writer Scandinavia has ever produced. Fuel for the literary fire: Martin Scorsese is set to direct the film adaptation of Nesbo’s global blockbuster Hole novel, The Snowman.
My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall : A backstage pass to the comedian’s life in the limelight, starting with tap dancing as a kid back in the Bronx to her star status on Laverne & Shirley to directing Big and A League of Their Own.
Listening In : The Secret White House Recordings of John F Kennedy selected and edited by Ted Widmer : Annotated transcripts of White House conversations, previously available at the Kennedy Library, about the Cuban missile crisis and other key events of the Kennedy presidency.
Live By Night by Dennis Lehane : Lehane’s books are irresistible to readers, critics and filmmakers alike. Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone have all had successful movie adaptations
Who I Am by Pete Townshend : Once again, one of the music books I blogged about last week. Founder of the iconic rock ’n’ roll band The Who talks about it all — from first meeting Roger Daltrey to hanging out with Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to the creation of the rock opera Tommy to his arrest and acquittal on child pornography charges.
NW by Zadie Smith : NW stands for Northwest London, the setting of Smith’s tragic-comic novel about the adult lives of four Londoners who grew up in the council estate of Caldwell. Publishers Weekly calls NW “excellent and captivating.”
Celebrate : A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends by Pippa Middleton : Just look who the author is - that's why it will be popular.
Hello, Gorgeous : Becoming Barbara Streisand by William J. Mann :
Streisand remains a superstar after all these years, proving once again by her quickly sold-out performances in Brooklyn in October. And Mann can tell a juicy Hollywood tale.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver : Global warming, anyone? The author of The Poisonwood Bible is winning early raves for her “powerful new novel … (which is) too lucid and vivid for even skeptics to ignore” (Publishers Weekly).
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens : The celebrated essayist/reporter/atheist’s thoughts on mortality, written during the last 18 months of his life after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He died last December at 62
Astray by Emma Donoghue : The first book by the Dublin-born Donoghue since her breakthrough best seller Room.
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan : Doubleday’s press materials note that Sweet Tooth features McEwan’s first female protagonist since Atonement, perhaps his best-loved novel. Sweet!
Hidden America : From Coal Miners to Cowboys, An Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work by Jeanne Marie Laskas : True tales of the people who make our life run every day, but whom we rarely think about — long-haul truckers, coal miners, even cheerleaders — by a longtime columnist for The Washington Post.
Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace : Provocative, previously published essays on topics ranging from tennis star Roger Federer to the future of fiction. Wallace, best known for 1996 novel Infinite Jest, was celebrated as one of the most original minds of his generation. He committed suicide in 2008 at age 46.