It’s a whole new book-publishing season. Do you know yet what you’re going to read this fall? If not, you’ll find plenty of help in choosing. Critical Mass, the blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors, has recently begun asking its members for their suggestions of which books consumers ought to be sticking their noses into this season. Recommendations so far include The Shock Doctrine, by Naomi Klein (Metropolitan Books); Exit Ghost, by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin); Run, by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins); Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo (Knopf); The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, by A.J. Jacobs (Simon & Schuster); and The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz (Riverhead). A collection of those recommendations can be found here.
If what you’re looking for is more crime fiction in your life, though, check out The Rap Sheet’s autumn reads list, which includes Exit Music, by Ian Rankin (Orion UK); Damnation Falls, by Edward Wright (Orion UK); and Blonde Faith, by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown USA).