New books for Fall
"The Reversal" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown; October). A child killer is granted a retrial, requiring the best efforts of attorney Mickey Haller and LAPD Det. Harry Bosch in this latest by the talented Connelly, who never seems to miss a beat.
"Room" by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown; September). The Irish-born Donoghue tells her story from the point of view of a 5-year-old boy who lives with his mother in a small room, trapped there by a man named Old Nick. His mother tries to devise an escape plan in this psychological thriller.
"Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett (Dutton, September). In his new historical epic, Part 1 of "The Century Trilogy," Follett moves forward in time from the Middle Ages ("World Without End") all the way to the 20th century, following five families through events such as World War I, women's suffrage and the Russian revolution.
"The Widower's Tale" by Julia Glass (Pantheon, September). A cantankerous retired librarian reluctantly agrees to allow a preschool to move into his spacious New England barn. This family saga reflects some modern social issues.
"The Confession" by John Grisham (Doubleday, October). America's favorite legal suspense author has been active in real-life wrongful-conviction issues. In his new novel, the wrong guy is on death row for murder, and the guilty man, who is dying of a brain tumor, considers whether to tell authorities the truth.
"Great House" by Nicole Krauss (Norton, October). An unusual desk connects several characters' stories: an antiques dealer in Jerusulem, an elderly man tending his dying wife, a reclusive American writer and a "disappeared" Chilean poet. Publishers Weekly calls it "a formidable and haunting mosaic of loss and profound sorrow." The author's last book was 2005's "The History of Love."
"Nemesis" by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, October). Kept out of World War II by his weak eyes, a playground worker helps care for children in 1944 Newark during a terrible polio epidemic.
"A Curable Romantic" by Joseph Skibell (Algonquin, September). A young doctor encounters Sigmund Freud in this intellectual comedy about Eastern Europe, obsession and psychoanalysis.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth" (Amulet Books): Jeff Kinney recounts more growing pains for young Greg Heffley.
"Freedom" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux): Jonathan Franzen narrates the fall and revival of a modern American family.
"Full Dark, No Stars" (Scribner): four previously unpublished stories by Stephen King.
"Getting to Happy" (Viking): Terry McMillan gives the latest on the four heroines of "Waiting to Exhale."
"Great House" (W.W. Norton): past tragedies haunt the present in Nicole Krauss' new novel.
"Mockinjay" (Scholastic): the finale of Suzanne Collins' million selling "Hunger Games" trilogy."
"Moonlight Mile" (William Morrow): Dennis Lehane's sequel to "Gone, Baby, Gone."
"Reversal" (Little, Brown): a new Harry Bosch thriller from Michael Connelly.
"Wicked Appetite" (St. Martin's Press): the Seven Deadly Sins threaten Boston in Janet Evanovich's latest.
"World and Town" (Alfred A. Knopf): Gish Jen's new novel is set in changing New England town.
Also: "Sunset Park" by Paul Auster; "Rivers Last Longer" by Richard Burgin; "Worth Dying For" by Lee Child; "By Nightfall" by Michael Cunningham; "The False Friend" by Myla Goldberg; "In the Company of Others" by Jan Karon; "Our Kind of Traitor" by John le Carre; "Gold Boy, Emerald Girl," stories by Yiyun Li; "Towers of Midnight" by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
"The Gun" by C.J. Chivers (Simon & Schuster, October). A history of the rise of the AK-47, now the principal weapon for guerrillas, terrorists and child soldiers. Rather than nuclear weapons, Chivers says, automatic weapons became the deadliest arsenal of the Cold War: "Unlike the nuclear arsenals ... an automatic rifle was a weapon that could actually be used."
"Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House, November). The author of the popular "Seabiscuit" tells the story of a World War II airman who crashed into the Pacific, thousands of miles from shore.
"Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788" by Pauline Maier (Simon & Schuster, October). A leading historian of the revolutionary era tells how the average citizen debated the Constitution in bars and parlors; in other words, before the ink was even dry, there was disagreement over what the Constitution meant.
"American Grace: How Religion Is Reshaping Our Civic and Political Lives" by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell (Simon & Schuster, October). Since the 1990s, young people have been turned off by the link between faith and conservative politics, say the authors, who examine the many facets of today's faithful in "American Grace." At the same time, they say, religious Americans tend to be better neighbors than secular ones. The authors cull from their own Faith Matters survey.
"Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild" by Lee Sandlin (Pantheon, October). One of the reasons the Mississippi was a much wilder place in the 19th century was that almost everyone working on it was drunk. This history takes a feisty look at the history, culture and geography of America's great river. The author will be in St. Louis on Nov. 4.
Also: "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" by Bill Bryson; "Making Our Democracy Work" by Stephen Breyer; "The Backlash" by Will Bunch; "Magic and Mayhem" by Derek Leebaert; "The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History" by Jill Lepore; "Travels in Siberia" by Ian Frazier; "Pinheads and Patriots" by Bill O'Reilly; "America by Heart" by Sarah Palin; "Let the Swords Encircle Me" by Scott Peterson; "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson.
"Decision Points" by George W. Bush (Crown, November). Former president's memoir about the critical decisions he made during his two terms in the White House.
"First Family: Abigail and John Adams" by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, October). The nation's second president and his future wife met when she was 15 and he was 24. Passionate letter writers, their correspondence would total more than a thousand letters and, as the country's leader, Adams would tell her: "I can do nothing without you." It's a portrait of the political and personal partnership.
"Life" by Keith Richards (Little, Brown; October). In an era of blunt tell-alls, this long-awaited memoir by the Rolling Stones guitarist should still pack a wallop.
"Extraordinary, Ordinary People" by Condoleezza Rice (Crown, October). The former secretary of state releases her memoir of growing up amid racism in Alabama, the daughter of a minister and a teacher.
"Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume I" (University of California Press): the whole story, 100 years after Twain's death.
"Colonel Roosevelt" (Random House): the finale of Edmund Morris' trilogy of Teddy Roosevelt.
"Decoded" (Spiegel & Grau): straight talk from Jay-Z.
"Growing Up Laughing" (Hyperion): Marlo Thomas and friends give us the meaning of funny.
"A Journey" (Alfred A. Knopf): the life and times of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"Saul Bellow: Letters" (Viking): letters from the Nobel laureate to William Faulkner, Philip Roth and others.
"The Last Boy" (Harper): Jane Leavy's biography of baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.
"Washington" (Penguin): Ron Chernow's 800-page biography of George Washington.
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth" (Grand Central, September). "Unburdened by objectivity," the "Daily Show" host follows up the popular "America" with explanations about where humans came from and what the heck they are doing on the planet.
"Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" by David Sedaris (Little, Brown, September). Animal-centric stories tell tales unknown to Aesop: a cynical kitty is forced to go to AA meetings; prejudiced family members keep lovers separate.
Also: "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People" by Amy Sedaris;
"40: A 'Doonesbury' Retrospective" by G.B. Trudeau; "I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections" by Nora Ephron.