Ah, fall. Youngsters head back to school, the pumpkin-spice latte makes its anticipated return, and forgotten sweaters begin to peek out of dresser drawers. And on the heels of all of this comes the unrelenting flurry of new releases from big-time authors and newbies alike. Fall 2012 is looking to be a banner season for books, with an impressive roster guaranteed to have booklovers buzzing and bestseller lists changing. Here’s your guide to some of fall’s most promising titles:
In the News
“Joseph Anton” by Salman Rushdie
In his moving memoir, Rushdie recounts the frightening years when he and his family lived in fear after he released the controversial novel, “The Satanic Verses.” The book sparked controversy throughout the Muslim world and provoked Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa against Rushdie. In “Joseph Anton”—so named for the alias Rushdie assumed—the Booker Prize-winning author describes his fight for freedom of speech and details his years under oppressive circumstances. Audiobook available from Books on Tape.
Here’s the opportunity to travel alongside Owen for the planning and execution of the 2011 Navy Seal raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. Don’t miss Owen’s account of one of the most memorable missions in American history. Audiobook available from Blackstone Audio.
“Winter of the World” by Ken Follett
The second book in Follett’s internationally bestselling Century Trilogy, “Winter of the World” is a historical epic chronicling the lives of five interrelated families as they encounter the turmoil of World War II leading up to the beginning of the Cold War. Audiobook available from Books on Tape.
“The Malice of Fortune” by Michael Ennis
Set in 16th-century Italy, this historical mystery bands Leonardo da Vinci with Niccolò Machiavelli on a quest to stop a serial killer. eBook available from Doubleday.
“The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom
Author of inspiring reads like “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Albom brings us the tale of Father Time, the first man to count the hours and create the world’s first clock. Punished severely for his discovery, Father Time can redeem himself only by saving two human beings and teaching them the true value and meaning of time. eBook available from Hyperion.
Young Adult Romance
“Every Day” by David Levithan
A boy named A wakes up every morning in the body of a different person and must live that person’s life for one day. In order to survive those 24 hours, A must access each person’s memories. Consumed by loneliness, A feels he has no reason to go on existing until he falls in love with a girl—now he must find a way to get back to her every day. But how can their love be possible when he lives each day in a new body? eBook available from Random House.
Which titles will make your reading list this year? Log in to Content Reserve to add these and other fall books and audiobooks to your collection. As always, contact your collection development specialist for a customized list.
Annie McCormick is a Content Sales Associate at OverDrive.
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