NEW YORK (AP) – The anticipation for one of fall’s most likely bestsellers has been growing all year.
Colleen Hoover’s millions of fans on TikTok, Instagram and elsewhere have been reaching out for months, posting early excerpts from her novel It Starts With Us. The sequel to her bestseller “It Ends With Us” already made the top 10 on Amazon.com in the summer. Without competition from other Hoover novels, including Ugly Love, Verity, and of course It Ends With Us, the dramatic tale of a love triangle and domestic violence from such a young woman, it might have climbed higher than TikTok users have Hoover adopted and helped make him the country’s most popular novelist.
Hoover’s exceptional run on bestseller lists, from Amazon.com to the New York Times, has been Beatle-esque for much of 2022, with four or more books likely appearing in the top 10 at any given time. It Starts With Us was so desired by her admirers – some call themselves CoHorts – that she broke a personal rule: Don’t let “outside influences” dictate your next book.
“I’ve never allowed myself to entertain a sequel, but with the amount of people emailing me every day and tagging me in an online petition to write about (these characters), their story started in start to build up in my head in the same way that my other books do,” she told The Associated Press in a recent email. “Ultimately, I’ve longed to tell this story just like my other stories, so I owe the readers a big thank you for the nudge.”
Hoover’s new book should help extend another solid year for the industry. Booksellers are looking forward to a mix of commercial favorites like Hoover, Anthony Horowitz, Beverly Jenkins and Veronica Roth alongside what Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt calls a “really strong” lineup of literary releases, including novels by Ian McEwan and Kate Atkinson .
Fall will also feature new novels by Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and Pulitzer Prize winners Elizabeth Strout and Andrew Sean Greer. Celeste Ng’s Our Missing Hearts is her first novel since Little Fires Everywhere. Story collections by George Saunders, Andrea Barrett and Ling Ma are expected, as well as novels by Percival Everett, Barbara Kingsolver, Kevin Wilson, NK Jemisin, Lydia Millet and Yiyun Li.
Cormac McCarthy, 89, has new fiction for the first time in more than a decade with The Passenger and his companion Stella Maris. John Irving, who turned 80 this year, calls the 900-page The Last Chairlift his last “long novel,” a description that could apply to much of his career.
Russell Banks, 82, has completed the elegiac novel The Magic Kingdom, and former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, 81, has written the autobiography Jersey Breaks, in which he addresses what he calls “tribalism.” and called “nationalism”. of the present moment as he reflects on his childhood in Long Branch, New Jersey.
“I realized I’m not much of a sociologist or a political sage, but I thought I could deal with it by growing up again in a city that was segregated, multiracial, and lower-middle class,” Pinsky says. “I had a feeling all sorts of answers would be found there.”
Joe Concha’s Come On, Man!: The Truth About Joe Biden’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Presidency is the most dazzling book in the latest series of books attacking an incumbent president – a long and profitable publishing tradition. But the best-known works of political reporting deal with 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 whole new book since her 2018 global bestseller Becoming. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Bibi is the former Israeli prime minister’s first essay, while American politicians are launching new books to support Congressman Cori Bush of Missouri, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.
The fall will feature numerous posthumous publications, from the letters of John le Carré and the diaries of Alan Rickman to novels by Leonard Cohen and memoirs by Michael K. Williams and Paul Newman, whose The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man is a project The actor quit years before his death in 2008.
Victory Is Assured compiles essays by the late critic and novelist Stanley Crouch, and Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story features the influential Greg Tate, who died last year. Various works by Randall Kenan, the award-winning novelist who died in 2020, are collected in Black Folk Could Fly. His friend Tayari Jones, author of the acclaimed novel An American Marriage, wrote the introduction.
“Sometimes, as I was going through the pages of the manuscript, I would talk to him and ask him why he never told me this or that,” Jones told the AP. “Sometimes I’d laugh out loud and say, ‘Randall, you’re so crazy!’ – as if we were going to have a drink – boulevardiers! — and he had just shared a hilarious anecdote. Another time, its brilliance underscored the breadth and depth of our loss, and I sat at my kitchen table and cried.”
Famous 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 reinvented in The Philosophy of Modern Song, while the title of Jan Wenner’s memoir harks back to the Dylan classic Like a Rolling Stone, which helped inspire the magazine he founded Has.
Memoirs are also planned by Steve Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Constance Wu and Brian Johnson. Patti Smith’s A Book of Days builds on the words and images of her popular Instagram account, where she can post everything from a statue of Leonardo da Vinci to her cat appearing on the cover of Dostoyevsky’s The idiot” stares.
“I love doing my Instagram; It’s the only social medium I’m really active on,” says Smith. “The book was actually quite tedious. It takes time to write a short caption. You have to find a way to convey a lot in a few sentences.”
In poetry, one notable publication is a work of narrative prose: Nobel laureate Louise Glück’s Marigold and Rose is a brief exploration of the mind of twin children, inspired by the author’s grandchildren. It is the first published fiction by the 79-year-old Glück, whose previous publications include more than 10 volumes of poetry and two volumes of essays.
The new poems include works by Pulitzer Prize winners Jorie Graham and Sharon Olds, Saeed Jones, Jenny Xie, former US Poetry Prize winners Billy Collins and Joy Harjo, Linda Pastan and Wang Yin, the Chinese poet whose “A Summer’s Day in the Company of Geister” is his first work to be published in English.
History books cover the famous and the overlooked. The former include Pulitzer-winner Jon Meacham’s And There Was Light, the latest entry in the canon of Abraham-Lincoln research, 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.
Publications that highlight lesser-known figures 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 fall of Roe v. Wade last summer, Laura Kaplan’s The Story of Jane is a contemporary re-imagining of her 1995 book about the illegal abortion counseling service that started in Chicago in 1969, four years before the Supreme Court’s historic Roe ruling.
Bruce Henderson’s Bridge to the Sun centers on the recruitment of Japanese-Americans, some of whom had been in internment camps, to help collect US intelligence during World War II.
“It was really difficult to research because a lot of them had been working on top-secret projects and even after they were released, they were reminded that they were subject to the National Security Act and military secrets needed to be protected,” Henderson says. “We had to do a lot of digging and contacting families and seeing what the veterans left behind. Of the six guys I follow in my book, only one is still alive.”