A Last-Minute Look at Some Important Fall Titles, with Authors Ranging from Lee Smith to Reggie Jackson

Appelfeld, Aharon. Suddenly, Love. Shocken. Nov. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780805242959. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780805243154. LITERARY FICTION
A tough old goat and his young caretaker change each other’s lives: a story that’s been done before, but this version is delivered by renowned Israeli Appelfeld, author of 40 works and winner of multiple prizes, including two National Jewish Book Award winners.

duBois, Jennifer. Cartwheel. Random. Oct. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9780812995862. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780812995879. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY FICTION
Dubois triumphed with her 2102 debut, A Partial History of Lost Causes, a PEN/Hemingway finalist that O: The Oprah Magazine declared one of the ten best books of the year. Good recommendations for her new novel, a ripped-from-the-headlines study of an American foreign exchange student in Brazil arrested for murder.

Frame, Ronald. Havisham. Picador. Nov. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9781250037275. $26. LITERARY FICTION
Winner of the Samuel Beckett Prize and an American Library Association’s Barbara Gittings Honor Award, British author Frame reimagines the hopeful youth of one of Dickens’s most iconic characters.

Grodstein, Lauren. The Explanation for Everything. Algonquin. Sept. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9781616201128. $24.95. LITERARY FICTION
Biology professor Andy Waite finds his life spinning out of control when an evangelist student named Melissa asks him to direct her paper on intelligent design. From the author of the best-selling A Friend of the Family.

Jio, Sarah. Morning Glory. Plume. Nov. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780142196991. pap. $15. POP FICTION
A Seattle houseboat community holds slowly unfolding secrets in this latest from the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Camellia.

Smith, Lee. Guests on Earth. Shannon Ravel Bks: Algonquin. Nov. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9781616202538. $25.95. LITERARY FICTION
The beloved Smith takes us to Highland Hospital in Asheville, NC, where the orphaned Evalina Toussaint meets Zelda Fitzgerald in a story that ends with a terrible fire that occurred in real life and whose cause has yet to be discovered.

Viner, P.D. The Last Winter of Dani Lancing. Crown. Oct. 201. 400p. ISBN 9780804136822. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780804136839. Downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER
This much-buzzed debut thriller by British author Viner opens with the kidnapping and murder of college student Dani Lancing, which has profound implications for her parents and her boyfriend, who becomes a detective focused on solving the murders of young women.

Delaney, Rob. Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. Delacorte. Nov. 2013. 256. ISBN 9780812993080. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780679644613. Downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/HUMOR
If Comedy Central and Rolling Stone can name him the Funniest Man on Twitter, maybe you should read his sassy essays on childhood, children, addiction, recovery, and, relentlessly, sex.

Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death at a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. Crown. Sept. 2013. ISBN 9780307718969. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307718983. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEDICINE/ETHICS
After six years of reporting, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist/physician delivers an account of what happened at one New Orleans hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as waters rose, power failed, and staff wondered about saving patients. Allegations of criminal behavior were made against some of the staff.        

Glaser, Paul. Dancing with the Enemy: My Family’s Holocaust Secret. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. Sept. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780385537704. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385537711. MEMOIR
A Jewish dance instructor is betrayed to the Nazis by the two men she loved but survives the horror of the Holocaust by teaching dance lessons to the SS at Auschwitz. It sounds like fiction, but Glaser’s account of his aunt’s life is true—and truly moving.

Harper, Hill. Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones. Gotham: Penguin Group (USA). Nov. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9781592407248. $26. SELF-HELP
Actor/speaker Harper’s best-selling Letters to a Young Brother inspired numerous responses from young men in prison, and that inspired his new book. With one in six black men incarcerated as of 2001 and one in three assured of going to prison some time in their lives, this book is important reading.

Harris, Robin. Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2013. 512p. ISBN 9781250047151. $35. BIOGRAPHY
Harris worked for the Conservative Party from 1978 and closely with Margaret Thatcher from 1985, writing her speeches. He became a member of her personal staff once she left 10 Downing Street. The Daily Mail called this “the political biography of the decade.”

Hendrix, Jimi. Starting at Zero: His Own Story. Bloomsbury USA, dist. by Macmillan. Oct. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781620403310. $26. MEMOIR/MUSIC
Alan Douglas, Hendrix’s producer and close friend, has woven together interviews and lyrics with Hendrix’s jotting from hotel stationery, napkins, and cigarette cartons (wow, how were these all saved?) to create a true psychedelic tapestry. Kiss the sky!

Henry, David & Joe Henry. Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. Algonquin. Oct. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9781616200787. $25.95. BIOGRAPHY
This account of the iconic comedian is delivered by two people who knew him, screenwriter David Henry and his brother, Joe, a two-time Grammy Award–winning blues and folk musician.

Hoffman, Alice. Survival Lessons. Algonquin. Oct. 2013. 96p. ISBN 9781616203146. $13.95. SELF-HELP
The New York Times best-selling author of books like The Dovekeepers, Hoffman here offers essays on making the best of life and includes a personal account of battling breast cancer.

Jackson, Reggie & Kevin Baker. Becoming Mr. October. Doubleday. Oct. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780385533119. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385533126. Downloadable: Random Audio. SPORTS
Jackson hit 563 home runs and 1,702 runs over 21 years, playing three World Series–winning seasons with the Oakland Athletics and two with the New York Yankees. Of course every sports fan wants to read this book.

Rule, Ann. Practice To Deceive. Gallery: S. & S. Oct. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9781416544623. $26.99. TRUE CRIME
No. 1 New York Times best-selling true-crime author Rule digs into the murder of Russ Douglas over the 2003 Christmas holidays on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington State.

Scarborough, Joe. The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan to Bush and Beyond, Our Battle for the Soul of the G.O.P. Random. Oct. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780812996142. $25. BIOGRAPHY/POLITICS
MSNBC Morning Joe host Scarborough, a former member of the House of Representatives, sweeps through recent presidential history to give us the rise and fall of the conservative movement in this country.

Spelling, Tori. Spelling It Like It Is. Gallery: S. & S. Oct. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781451628593. $26. MEMOIR
Hollywood celebrity and best-selling author Spelling is back with yet another look at everyday life in Hollywood.

Turnbull, Sarah. All Good Things: From Paris to Tahiti: Life and Longing. Gotham: Penguin Group (USA). Sept. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781592408689. $26. MEMOIR
Australian writer Turnbull’s best-selling memoir Almost French celebrated the life in Paris she found with her husband, Frédéric. Now she talks about the next phase of her life: hoping to start a family and seizing the opportunity to go to Tahiti. Some people have all the luck.


Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.