Chicago Tribune’s Fall Book Forecast

Oops! As one of our midwest readers pointed out, I overlooked the Chicago Tribune‘s Fall Book Preview, which came out Sept. 5th. As someone who spent her “formative years” in Michigan and Indiana, I couldn’t let this stand, so here’s a look at the titles unique to their list.

You might expect the unique titles to have midwestern connections, but just a few of them do. Our Boys, by Joe Drape, a book about “a Kansas town’s obsession with its perfection-seeking high school football team.” Libraries throughout the country have ordered it.

The Art Students War by Brad Leithauser is set in Detroit. The author’s sixth novel offers, says the Tribune, “a vivid historical portrait of Detroit in its prime as he affectionately chronicles the life of a young female artist.” Reviewed by Kirkus in the 9/15 issue; it is not on the catalogs of the libraries we checked.

The Art Student’s War
Brad Leithauser
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-11-03)
ISBN / EAN: 0307271110 / 9780307271112


A memoir that was a librarian’s pick at BEA and is showing holds on modest ordering in large libraries, is written by a Michigan author. The Tribune says, “After a messy breakup and a scary car accident, the author returns to her close-knit Mennonite family for some offbeat, often hilarious, guidance.”

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
Rhoda Janzen
Retail Price: $22.00
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. – (2009-10-13)
ISBN / EAN: 080508925X / 9780805089257

Also in audio from HighBridge:

  • CD: 9781598879070;  $29/95; 10/13


On the other hand, the Tribune is the only fall preview one to pick a book that is set in New York City’s Upper West Side, published by an independent New York-based press, and by an author who lives in Washington, D.C.  This collection of linked short stories was just reviewed by Booklist (9/15); it is not listed by the libraries we checked.

Normal People Don’t Live Like This
Dylan Landis
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Persea – (2009-09-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0892553545 / 9780892553549


Also unique to the Tribune list and not on library catalogs we checked, is a book that was just reviewed by Publishers Weekly (9/14). The Tribune calls it a “..comprehensive investigation of genocide and how the world community can work toward its prevention.”

Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
Retail Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 672 pages
Publisher: PublicAffairs – (2009-10-06)
ISBN / EAN: 1586487698 / 9781586487690

Also in audio from Tantor:

  • Trade 9781400114320 21 Audio CD $59.99
  • Library 9781400144327 21 Audio CD $119.99
  • MP3 9781400164325 2 MP3-CD $39.99

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