Wednesday August 26th, 2009

A Look Ahead: September

The fall always offers a publishing bounty, so as each month approaches, the blog will preview some of the notable books it will bring. Lots more after the jump:

bloods-a-roverBlood’s A Rover by James Ellroy
Maybe the best title of the fall, Ellroy’s latest caps off a trilogy that began with American Tabloid and continued with The Cold Six Thousand. Publishers Weekly says of Rover: “It’s a stunning and crazy book that could only have been written by the premier lunatic of American letters.” Sept. 22

Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow
An imagining of the lives of the Collyer brothers, famous Manhattan recluses who were found dead in their apartment in 1947, surrounded by tons of rubbish that they had compulsively hoarded. Sept. 1

The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
The celebrated religious scholar steps in the ring opposite Dawkins, et al. Sept. 22

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
Speak of the devil. Dawkins lays out the detailed case for evolution in his latest. Sept. 22

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Bow before it. Bow before it!! Sept. 15

Hell by Robert Olen Butler
A novel set at least partly in the titular underworld, involving at least partly a newscaster and his afterlife affair with a headless Anne Boleyn. Sept. 8

In the Valley of the Kings by Terrence Holt
A novella and seven short stories published over many years comprise this debut, which attracts A-list blurbers Junot Díaz (“Holt is my favorite writer”), Aleksandar Hemon and Peter Matthiesen. Sept. 14

The Music Room by William Fiennes
A memoir, published to wide praise in the UK, about a childhood spent in a moated castle, where Fiennes (and the rest of his family) was in thrall to his older brother, who suffered from severe epilepsy. Sept. 14

Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet by James P. Othmer
A memoir of a career in advertising as well as a look at the industry’s all-pervasive influence on our culture. Sept. 15

Going Away Shoes by Jill McCorkle
A collection of short stories by an acclaimed practitioner of the form. Includes “PS,” which was recently published in the Atlantic. Sept. 22

Spooner by Pete Dexter
The author of Paris Trout and Train, among others, returns with a novel about the troubled Warren Spooner and his terrifically named stepfather, Calmer Ottosson. One Amazon reviewer has already called it, “Huck Finn meets Forrest Gump,” which I would translate to, “Something great meets something terrible.” Sept. 22

Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce’s Masterpiece by Declan Kiberd
Publishers Weekly calls this, “an ideal introduction for the uninitiated — accessible, richly argued, funny and, in a kind of devil’s advocacy fashion, begging for rebuttal.” Sept. 28

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna
A graphic novel about — and this is not a misprint — Bertrand Russell’s quest for the foundation of mathematics. Sept. 29

City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and ’70s by Edmund White
Boldface cultural names abound in this memoir about the famed novelist and critic and tumultuous years in the life of the great city. Sept. 29

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Five interconnected short stories by the acclaimed novelist. Sept. 22

Generosity: An Enhancement by Richard Powers
Another intellectually driven novel by Powers, this one about a creative nonfiction teacher, an Algerian student and a geneticist looking for the biological root of happiness. Sept. 29

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Atwood follows up Oryx and Crake with another dystopian novel. Sept. 22