The big fall publishing season starts with these September 2012 books.
'The Timekeeper' by Mitch Albom - September 4, 2012
Mitch Albom's first book, Tuesdays with Morrie, was a runaway bestseller. Albom departed from nonfiction with The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day, although he continued to explore the themes of life, death and meaning that he touched on in Morrie. Albom's last book, Have a Little Faith, returned to narrative nonfiction, but his September release, The Timekeeper will once again explore themes of significance through a fantastical story. The main character in The Timekeeper is Father Time.
'NW' by Zadie Smith - September 4, 2012
NW by Zadie Smith is the story of four Londoners trying to make a life for themselves after escaping a childhood of poverty. Their lives are shaken by a chance encounter. Those going through Olympic-withdrawal can find their way through some of the unknown places of London in this book.
'Telegraph Avenue' by Michael Chabon - September 11, 2012
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon is about a little record shop between Berkley and Oakland and what happens when a wealthy NFL star decides to open one of his music mega-stores down the street. Chabon thrilled us with Gentlemen of the Road and The Yiddish Policemen's Union, so we are excited to delve into his latest novel.
'The Yellow Birds' by Kevin Powers - September 11, 2012
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers is one of the big debut novels of 2012. Powers is a military veteran, and The Yellow Birds tells the story of an American soldier fighting in Iraq in 2005. Early reviews and several high profile jacket blurbs are touting this as a profound and moving war novel.
'This is How You Lose Her' by Junot Diaz - September 11, 2012
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz is a collection of short stories by the author of the bestselling Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It follows a Dominican-born, Jersey-raised writer and womanizer through stories about the women he, his brother, and his father love and leave.
'The People of Forever are Not Afraid' by Shani Boianjiu - September 11, 2012
The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu is a debut novel about three women coming of age in the Israeli military. The three women grew up together in a small Israeli town, but their lives change when they are conscripted into the military. They still whisper about boys, but also have the weight of violence and conflict on their minds. This book has received some pre-publication praise.
'Winter of the World' by Ken Follett - September 18, 2012
Winter of the World is the second book in Ken Follett's Century Trilogy, which traces five families -- American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh -- through the major events of the twentieth century. The first book, Fall of Giants, covered the early part of the century and World War I. Winter of the World follows the family through World War II. Fall of Giants was one of our Best Books of 2010, so we are excited to see how this series continues.
'The Casual Vacancy' by J.K. Rowling - September 27, 2012
J.K. Rowling needs no introduction. The author of the Harry Potter books is a favorite among young and old alike. The Casual Vacancy is Rowling's first novel for adults. It takes place in a small English town and is about tensions among different groups within the town -- young and old, rich and poor. These tensions become even more profound when there is an empty seat on the parish council.