Autumn books a mix of literary and business favorites

NEW YORK — The wait for one of fall’s most likely bestsellers has been growing all year.

For months, Colleen Hoover’s millions of fans on TikTok, Instagram and elsewhere have been talking and posting the first snippets of her novel “It Starts With Us.” Last summer, the author’s sequel to her bestseller “It Ends With Us” had already reached the top 10 on Amazon.com. It might have soared higher but for competition from other Hoover novels, including “Ugly Love,” “Verity” and, of course, “It Ends With Us,” the dramatic tale of a love triangle. and a woman’s endurance to domestic violence that young TikTok users embraced and helped make Hoover the nation’s most popular fiction writer.

Hoover’s extraordinary run on bestseller lists, from Amazon.com to The New York Times, has been Beatle-esque for much of 2022, with four or more books likely to appear in the top 10 at some time. “It Starts With Us” had been so longed for by her admirers — CoHorts, some call themselves — that she broke a personal rule: don’t let “outside influences” determine her next book.

“I never allowed myself to entertain a sequel, but with the number of people emailing me every day and tagging me in an online petition to write about (these characters), their story started to building in my head the same way my other books begin,” she told The Associated Press in a recent email. “Eventually, I wanted to tell this story as much as my other stories, so I owe the readers a big thank you for the nudge.”

Hoover’s new book should help extend what has been another solid year for the industry. Booksellers are eagerly awaiting a mix of trade favorites such as Hoover, Anthony Horowitz, Beverly Jenkins and Veronica Roth alongside what Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt calls a “really solid” range of literary releases, including novels by Ian McEwan and Kate Atkinson.

The fall will also feature new fiction from Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and Pulitzer Prize winners Elizabeth Strout and Andrew Sean Greer. Celeste Ng’s ‘Our Missing Hearts’ is her first novel since ‘Little Fires Everywhere’. Collections of stories are expected from George Saunders, Andrea Barrett and Ling Ma, as well as novels by Percival Everett, Barbara Kingsolver, Kevin Wilson, NK Jemisin, Lydia Millet and Yiyun Li.

“Come On, Man!: The Truth About Joe Concha’s Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Presidency” is the most colorful name in the latest series of books attacking an incumbent president – a long and successful publishing tradition. . But the most high-profile political reporting works focus on Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, including “Confidence Man,” by Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, and “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021. “. by Peter Baker of The Times and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.

Michelle Obama’s “The Light We Carry” is her first all-new book since her 2018 worldwide bestseller, “Becoming.” Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘Bibi’ is the former Israeli prime minister’s first memoir, while US politicians with new books include Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and the Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.

Celebrity books include “Surrender” by Bono, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” by Matthew Perry, and “Dying of Politeness” by Geena Davis. Bob Dylan reflects on an art form he helped reinvent in ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song’, while the title of Jan Wenner’s memoir evokes the Dylan classic that inspired the name of the magazine he has founded, “Like a Rolling Stone”.

The history books will cover the famous and the forgotten. Among the former are Pulitzer-winning Jon Meacham’s “And There Was Light,” the latest entry into the Abraham Lincoln Scholarship canon, and Pulitzer-winning Samuel Adams’ biography Stacy Schiff, “The Revolutionary “. Fred Kaplan, who focused on Lincoln’s prose in “Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer,” now assesses Thomas Jefferson in “His Masterly Pen: A Biography of Jefferson the Writer.”

Releases spotlighting those less remembered include Kevin Hazzard’s “American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Am Paramedics” and Katie Hickman’s “Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West”. With the reversal last summer of Roe v. Wade, Laura Kaplan’s “Jane’s Story” is a timely reissue of her 1995 book about the clandestine abortion counseling service founded in Chicago in 1969, four years before the landmark Supreme Court Roe ruling.

Bruce Henderson’s “Bridge to the Sun” centers on the recruitment of Japanese-Americans, some of whom had been in internment camps, to help collect American intelligence during World War II.

“It was really difficult to do research because many of them were working on top secret projects and even after their release they were reminded that they were subject to national security law and military secrets. had to be kept,” Henderson said. . “We had to do a lot of research and reach out to families and see what veterans left behind. Of the six guys I follow in my book, only one was still alive.

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