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The Season in Books

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September

Duplex,’ by Kathryn Davis
Time is bending, and robots are moving in next door, in a new novel of kindergarten by a specialist in the banal fantastical. Graywolf Press, Sept. 3.

The Private War of J.D. Salinger,’ by David Shields
Shields is so showy and self-deconstructing an essayist it can be unbearable to read him. Salinger was not that. Which might make it an inspired pairing (though it accompanies a breathless Salinger documentary we’re less hopeful about). Simon & Schuster, Sept. 3.

The Childhood of Jesus,’ by J. M. Coetzee
Our driest Nobelist with his first new novel since 2007 (and be warned: not actually about Jesus!). Viking, Sept. 3.

A House in the Sky: A Memoir,’ by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Lindhout’s harrowing story: kidnapped in Somalia in 2008 and brutally held hostage for 460 days. Scribner, Sept. 10.

Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance,’ by Carla Kaplan
A cultural history through the side door of Harlem in the twenties. HarperCollins, Sept. 10.

Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?,’ by Billy Crystal
One long, Crystalline riff. Henry Holt, Sept. 10.

Enon,’ by Paul Harding
The second novel from the author of tiny surprise Pulitzer winner Tinkers. Random House, Sept. 10.

Nine Inches: Stories,’ by Tom Perrotta
Perrotta’s stuff is dark, but it goes down so easy, especially when bite-size. St. Martin’s Press, Sept. 10.

Subtle Bodies,’ by Norman Rush
This novel, just the third from old-fashioned Big Book writer Rush, is short and focused enough to read in one sittinga super-up-close study of male friendship (and envy). Knopf, Sept. 10.

Stay Up With Me: Stories,’ by Tom Barbash
An intimate, acute collectionlike they used to make ’em. Ecco, Sept. 10.

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better,’ by Clive Thompson
It’s straw men everywhere in this debate. Mercifully, Thompson always works from data, not straw. Penguin Press, Sept. 12.

Traveling Sprinkler,’ by Nicholson Baker
Baker is the sweetest and also possibly the most lewd figure in American fiction. And now: a literary novelist who’s actually written a sequel (to 2009’s The Anthologist). Blue Rider Press, Sept. 17.

Doctor Sleep,’ by Stephen King
Maybe the book world’s most reliable pleasure-giver, giving us the sequel to The Shining we didn’t even know we wanted. Scribner, Sept. 24.

Levels of Life,’ by Julian Barnes
A memoir that is also a biography; a love story that is also a book of mourning for Barnes’s late wife, Pat Kavanagh, who died in 2008. Knopf, Sept. 24.

Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age,’ by Mathew Klickstein
Double Dare gets its moment in the nostalgia spotlight. Plume, Sept. 24.

October

David and Goliath,’ by Malcolm Gladwell
The business-class nonfiction book of the fall. Little, Brown, Oct. 1.

The Signature of All Things,’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
The first novel in twelve years from the author of Eat, Pray, Love (who started out as an extremely gifted writer of fiction before she became a guru superstar). Viking, Oct. 1.

Ian Fleming,’ by Andrew Lycett
The life of the man who gave us 007. St. Martin’s, Oct. 1.

Dirty Love,’ by Andre Dubus III
Linked novellas on love in the time of sexting, from the author of House of Sand and Fog. W.W. Norton, Oct. 7.

The Circle,’ by Dave Eggers
A Silicon Valley thrilleryes, that’s rightfrom the McSweeney’s boss and onetime boy-king of earnest fiction. Knopf, Oct. 8.

Longbourn,’ by Jo Baker
The servants take center stage in this retelling of Pride and Prejudicea sort of Wide Sargasso Sea meets Upstairs, Downstairs. Knopf, Oct. 8.

Dallas 1963,’ by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis
Fifty years later, the assassination is still the signal mid-century event to a nation of conspiracy theorists and Greatest Generation nostalgists. Twelve, Oct. 8.

The Double,’ by George Pelecanos
The master crime novelist takes on art theft. Little, Brown, Oct. 8.

How to Read a Novelist,’ by John Freeman
The departing editor of Granta (and scourge of e-mail) writes about that complicated space between criticism and literary biography where all readers really live. FSG, Oct. 8.

Actors Anonymous,’ by James Franco
Forgive us, but we can’t look away. Amazon, Oct. 15.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,’ by Helen Fielding
Time to check in with Bridge. Knopf, Oct. 15.

Johnny Carson,’ by Henry Bushkin
Twenty years since retiring and eight since his death, Carson remains the god of late night and the dean of American comedy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct. 15.

Norman Mailer: A Double Life,’ by J. Michael Lennon
A man of myth even while alive, Mailer gets his first thorough biography just six years after he died (and 44 since he ran for mayor). Simon & Schuster, Oct. 15.


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