Autumn books a wide mix of literary and commercial favorites

NEW YORK — Anticipation for one of fall’s most likely bestsellers has been growing throughout the year.

For months, Colleen Hoover’s millions of fans on TikTok, Instagram and elsewhere have been chatting, posting early excerpts from her novel “It Starts With Us.” By the summer, the author’s sequel to her bestseller “It Ends With Us” had already reached’s top 10. It might have climbed higher, but ahead of 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 stamina against domestic violence that young TikTok users have embraced and helped Hoover become the most popular fiction writer in the country.

Hoover’s extraordinary run on bestseller lists, from 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 point. “It Starts With Us” was so coveted by her admirers — CoHorts, some call themselves — that she broke a personal rule: don’t let “outside influences” dictate her next book.

“I never allowed myself to play a sequel, but with the number of people emailing me every day and tagging me in an online petition to write about[those characters]their story started in my build my head the same way my other books start,” she told The Associated Press in a recent email. “In the end, I was eager to tell this story as much as my other stories, so I owe the readers a big thank you for the push.”

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Hoover’s new book should help extend what has been another solid year for the industry. Booksellers look forward to a mix of commercial favorites such as Hoover, Anthony Horowitz, Beverly Jenkins and Veronica Roth in addition to some Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt cites a “really strong” lineup 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 Ngs ‘Our Missing Hearts’ is her first novel since ‘Little Fires Everywhere’. Short story collections from George Saunders, Andrea Barrett and Ling Ma are expected, along with novels by Percival Everett, Barbara Kingsolver, Kevin Wilson, NK Jemisin, Lydia Millet and Yiyun Li.

Joe Concha’s “Come On, Man!: The Truth About Joe Biden’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad President” is the most colorful name of the latest series of books attacking a sitting president — a long and profitable publishing tradition. But the most high-profile works of political reporting are about 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 global 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 Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.

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Celebrity books include Bono’s “Surrender,” Matthew Perry’s “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” and Geena Davis’ “Dying of Politeness.” 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 founded, “Like a Rolling Stone.” ‘.

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

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

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

“It was really hard to do research because many of them had worked on top secret projects and, even after they were fired, they were reminded that they were under the National Security Act and that military secrets should be kept,” he said. Henderson. . “We had to do a lot of digging and contacting families and seeing what the veterans had left behind. Of the six boys I follow in my book, only one was alive.”

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