Some Fall Books to Look For

Fall Books Preview 2011

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for a lot of reasons, not the least of which, it is really our “new year” for those of us who teach for a living. With the fall there is always a promise of a better year to come and the excitement of meeting a lot of new students. There is the excitement of starting new classes and reading new and old books with students. No matter how many times I have read a book, it’s always a new experience when I introduce that book to a class I have never had before. So, as the summer winds down and the nights finally begin to cool off, I can turn part of my attention once again to a new season of books to be published. The fall 2011 season looks to be one of the best in recent memory, as several of my favorite authors (both living and dead) are having new books published.

Below are ten books that I am particularly looking forward to this fall. Of course, many more will be published, and not all of them good, so lists are really a matter of taste. Nevertheless, if you are in the market for highly literary fiction, you should be able to find something to look forward to from the list below.

Blue Nights by Joan Didion (November 1)
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (November 8)
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (October 25)
Tres by Roberto Bolano (September 30)
The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano (November 22)
Cain by Jose Saramago (October 4)
The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don DeLillo (November 15)
The River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
Parallel Stories by Peter Nadas (October 25)
Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin (September 30)

So, happy reading!

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