The FINANCIAL — Amazon.com on August 19 announced its annual Big Fall Books Preview that features the best new books readers will want to curl up with as the weather cools and the leaves change color.
The Amazon Books Editors read hundreds of titles to handpick their annual list of the hottest blockbusters of the season. The Amazon Big Fall Books Preview also highlights the season’s most anticipated releases in genres including: biographies & memoirs, sports & outdoors, science fiction & fantasy, mysteries & thrillers, literature & fiction, humor & entertainment, hobbies & home, food & wine, comics & graphic novels, business & leadership, cookbooks, romance, nonfiction, history, and crafts—along with upcoming releases for kids and young adults.
“As editors, we look forward to fall every year because it’s the biggest season for new books,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle, Amazon.com. “My team and I read oceans of books to curate a list that includes titles from perennial favorites like Nicholas Sparks, John Irving, and Stephen King as well as authors we’re excited to celebrate like Mary Karr, William Boyd, and Lauren Groff.”
Below are the Big Fall Books, in order of release date:
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter: More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different.
The Survivor: A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills: A blistering novel that picks up where The Last Man left off, The Survivor is a no-holds-barred race to save America…and Mitch Rapp’s finest battle.
M Train by Patti Smith: From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist.
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton: Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a city.
Foreign Affairs by Stuart Woods: When he’s apprised at the last minute of a mandatory meeting abroad, Stone Barrington rushes off to Europe for a whirlwind tour of business and, of course, pleasure.
Hell’s Foundations Quiver by David Weber: The latest novel in Weber’s New York Times best-selling Safehold series.
See Me by Nicholas Sparks: Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At 28, he’s focused on avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith: A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.
Corrupted: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline: Bennie Rosato is faced with a case from her past that shows her how differently things might have turned out.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney: With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King: A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments.
The Crossing by Michael Connelly: Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help.
Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving: Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory.
Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston: Agent Pendergast Series: A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated and sinister than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.
The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel by Robert Crais: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Suspect heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.
Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich: Stephanie Plum faces her toughest case yet in the newest release from the #1 New York Times best-selling author’s blockbuster series.
The Guilty by David Baldacci: Will Robbie infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies’ advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores.
Cross Justice by James Patterson: When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades.
Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel: Paul Parker ultimately shrugs off the demands of marriage and parenting to pursue life as an international bon vivant.
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz: Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.
And the Amazon Books Editors’ personal under-the-radar picks, in their own words:
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante: The fourth and final of the “Neapolitan novels” by a pseudonymous Italian author, The Story of the Lost Child is the finale to a fascinating bunch of books about life, love, friendship, motherhood and, oh yes, politics. Is it exaggeration to say that Elena Ferrante is our Tolstoy? Maybe she’s more like Trollope, with a bit of Knausgaard and Peyton Place thrown in. – Sara Nelson
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood: This dystopian fantasy is about a social experiment gone horribly awry. In order to keep the unemployment rate in check, participants volunteer to go to prison. And no one need fret if penitentiary orange is not their color—it’ll be for six alternating months of the year, and the rest of the time they will resume their civilian lives. What could possibly go wrong? With echoes of The Handmaid’s Tale, this is Atwood at her chilling best. – Erin Kodicek
Submission by Michel Houllebecq: This is a very personal pick, as I’ve been reading Michel Houellebecq since The Elemental Practices was published in 2000. Houellebecq is not for everyone—unless you live in France, where he is a big best seller. I don’t consider myself to be a card-carrying Francophile, but he’s so atypical to the authors I normally read that I find myself looking forward to his books. – Chris Schluep
Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig: Given Wendig’s electrifying writing and the setting of this book between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, I’m eager to see if there are any hints revealed about the upcoming film. – Adrian Liang
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe: On the heels of his best-selling What If?, Randall Munroe’s Thing Explainer describes how complex things work—using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language. The book will be fun. – Jon Foro
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin: Ali Benjamin’s debut is one of the best books (for readers age 9 and up) that I’ve read all year. Benjamin’s character, Suzy, is trying to make sense of a loss by researching an obscure but not impossible explanation. Suzy is endearing in her awkward innocence and her steadfast convictions. It’s a rich, multilayered novel beautifully told. – Seira Wilson