The fall 2012 book season officially begins today with the release of two highly anticipated books:
Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis and Winter Journal by Paul Auster.
Both books have been causing a fair bit of buzz among publishing circles, with Lionel Asbo being called a “return to form” (and to be honest, the last several novels by Amis have been called a “return to form,” but perhaps this one may be). Auster’s book is a memoir on what it means to grow older and has been favorably reviewed. Both authors will be appearing at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge next month, and with tickets at only $5, if would be a shame to miss them.
For me, the two books I am most looking forward to reading are Salman Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton, detailing his years of living under the fatwa following the publication of The Satanic Verses in 1989, and Roberto Bolaño’s reputed last work, The Woes of the True Policeman.
So, for those of you who are looking for something to read as the days grow shorter and colder, here is a list of books and the publication dates:
NW by Zadie Smith (September 4th)
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (September 4th)
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (September 11th)
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie (September 18th)
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (September 27th)
Innocence of Objects by Orhan Pamuk (October 1)
There Was a Country by Chiuna Achebe (October 11th)
Ashtray by Emma Donoghue (October 20th)
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe (October 23rd)
Both Flesh and Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace (November 6th)
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (November 6th)
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman (November 8th)
Woes of the True Policeman by Roberto Bolaño (November 13th)
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (November 13th)
Dear Life by Alice Munro (November 13th)
Of course, there are far more books coming out during the fall season, and my taste tends to run toward more literary fiction. However, the list above includes both fiction and non-fiction, some by heavy hitters and some by not so heavy hitters. I’ve never read J. K. Rowling or David Foster Wallace, (I know, I can hear the gasps from some of you now, but one cannot read everything!) so this fall may be a good time for me to see what the hype is all about with these two.
If you read one of the above books during the fall, or if I’ve missed a title that you think should be included, please share your thoughts on the comments section of this post.