More Fall Book Previews

The West Coast has weighed in; the LA Times’ Carolyn Kellogg and the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Book Review editor, John McMurtrie, each released their previews of the fall season.

A few titles came to light that we’ve added to our Big Fall Fiction, Adult — Spreadsheet:

Joyce Carol Oates’ 57th novel!

Little Bird of Heaven: A Novel
Joyce Carol Oates
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Ecco – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061829838 / 9780061829833

The NYT columnist on the women’s movement:

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
Gail Collins
Retail Price: $27.99
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2009-10-14)
ISBN / EAN: 0316059544 / 9780316059541

A new collection of short stories by Alice Munro:

Too Much Happiness: Stories
Alice Munro
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-11-17)
ISBN / EAN: 0307269760 / 9780307269768

Carlin nearly finished this book when he died, making the title particularly apt:

Last Words: A Memoir
George Carlin
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Free Press – (2009-11-10)
ISBN / EAN: 1439172951 / 9781439172957

A collection of early unpublished short stories by another recently departed great:

Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction
Kurt Vonnegut
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-10-20)
ISBN / EAN: 038534371X / 9780385343718

Each list also includes titles with strong local appeal or, perhaps, strong appeal to each particular editor (we did not include them on the spreadsheet), for example:

The San Francisco Chronicle dug deep into the lists to come up with several unique choices, including this graphic tribute to Johnny Cash:

Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness
Reinhard Kleist
Retail Price: $17.95
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0810984636 / 9780810984639

The L.A. Times picks this oral history of the Simpsons. Appropriately, it will also be available as an audiobook:

The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
John Ortved
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber – (2009-10-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0865479887 / 9780865479883

Audio from Tantor:

  • 10 Audio CDs (Retail Pkg); ISBN: 9781400114481; $34.99
  • 10 Audio CDs (Library Binder Pkg); ISBN: 9781400144488; $69.99
  • Mp3-CD (Retail Pkg); ISBN: 9781400164486; $24.99

The L.A. Times also selects a new history of American Lit:

A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press Reference Library)
Retail Price: $49.95
Hardcover: 1128 pages
Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press – (2009-09-23)
ISBN / EAN: 0674035941 / 9780674035942

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