Publishers often release books from big name authors in the fall. This year is no exception. Will Justin Cronin live up to his debut? Will Tom Wolfe make a comeback? Or do you prefer to stick with your favorite genre author -- perhaps a John Grisham legal thriller or Kate Morton mystery? These are some of the books that are expected to be big releases in October 2012, winding down a year that has been full of great reads.
'Live by Night' by Dennis Lehane - October 2, 2012
Dennis Lehane has long been a favorite crime writer. His first foray into historical fiction, The Given Day
, was one of our Top 10 Books of 2008
, so we're looking forward to the follow up novel, Live by Night
. Live by Night
takes place during Prohibition, and there are already rumors of a movie adaptation starring Leonardo Dicaprio.
'The End of Your Life Book Club' by Will Schwalbe - October 2, 2012
Will Schwalbe relates the true story of the "book club" he started with his mother during the last years of her life. When Schwalbe's mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, they began reading books together. Those books led to conversations about a wide range of topics and reflections on the power of books. This is one of those books for people who love books and feel reflective in autumn.
'Does this Church Make Me Look Fat?' by Rhoda Janzen - October 2, 2012
Rhoda Janzen's memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, about moving back in with her conservative Mennonite parents after her husband left her for a man he met online, was a New York Times bestseller. Janzen's back with more of her story -- falling in love, fighting cancer and returning to faith -- in Does this Church Make Me Look Fat?.
'The Twelve' by Justin Cronin - October 16, 2012
is the second book in the trilogy Justin Cronin began with The Passage
. We named The Passage one of the Top 10 Books of 2010
. This vampire trilogy is a far cry from Twilight
and the romantic vampires that have become so popular.
'The Secret Keeper' by Kate Morton - October 16, 2012
'The Racketeer' by John Grisham - October 23, 2012
has branched out from legal thrillers, but those are the books his fans still crave. The Racketeer returns to this genre, telling the story of a federal judge who is found murdered from the perspective of a lawyer who is in jail and who knows who killed the judge.
'Back to Blood' by Tom Wolfe - October 23, 2012
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe is a novel about immigration and race relations in Miami. Wolfe is a bestselling author of books like Bonfire of the Vanitities, but he has been on hiatus for a few years.
'Astray' by Emma Donoghue - October 30, 2012
Emma Donoghue's last book, Room
, was a runaway bestseller and one of our Best Books of 2010
is a collection of short stories about traveling, but critics say she returns with the same tight writing.