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Fall Preview: Page-Turners For When The Leaves Turn

Autumn is popping with big names — from Stephen King to Amy Tan to Malcolm Gladwell

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The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
In a world where one author can publish 10 books in one year, it’s big news when Tartt finishes one novel in 10 years. The Secret History devotees, be ready for this 770-page doorstop. (Oct. 22)

Nine Inches, Tom Perrotta
The writer dubbed an American Chekhov for 2004’s Little Children delivers a short-story collection. (Sept. 10)

Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward
Ward, who won a National Book Award for fiction for 2011’s Salvage the Bones, ponders the Southern legacy of poverty and racism in this memoir. (Sept. 17)

Doctor Sleep, Stephen King
Joyland was a treat, but this sequel to The Shining is the 2013 King novel we’ve all been waiting for. (Sept. 24)

The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies returns with a saga that chronicles the fates of two very different brothers. (Sept. 24)

David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell
He singlehandedly created a nonfiction genre that spawned more copycats than we can count — and now Gladwell comes out with another one of his social-science behemoths, this one about underdogs and misfits. (Oct. 1)

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
This screwball comedy, already a huge hit in the United Kingdom and Australia, features the romantic foibles of an endearing genetics professor — who’s never had a second date — as he searches for the perfect wife. (Oct. 1)

Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, Helen Fielding
Bridget’s back — and still detailing her life, this time with the help of Twitter. (Oct. 15)

We Are Water, Wally Lamb
The author of She’s Come Undone has penned a perspective-shifting novel about a mom and wife who falls in love with her female Manhattan art dealer. (Oct. 22)

The Most of Nora Ephron, Nora Ephron
An anthology of the late Ephron’s work proves how much the journalist-novelist-essayist-director-screenwriter-playwright-cook deserved her hyphenates. It includes her novel Heartburn as well as essays from out-of-print collections. (Oct. 29)

Double Down, Mark Halperin & John Heilemann
Here’s hoping this exposé about the 2012 election is as much fun as the authors’ Game Change. (Nov. 5)

Song of Spider-Man, Glen Berger
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall as the web of drama (injuries, terrible reviews, a skyrocketing budget, creative disputes) surrounding Broadway’s Spider-Man got ever more tangled. Perhaps a tell-all by the show’s co-writer will be the next best thing. (Nov. 5)

The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan
Tan’s first novel in eight years follows a treasured painting as it passes through three generations of one family. (Nov. 5)

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