Take a look at what will be on bookshelves this fall

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More information Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Scribner, $30 In stores Sept. 24
More information Sycamore Row by John Grisham Doubleday, $28.95 In stores Oct. 22
More information Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding Knopf, $26.95 In stores Oct. 15
More information The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son by Pat Conroy Nan A. Talese, $28.95 In stores Oct. 29
More information Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard Henry Holt, $28 In stores Sept. 24
More information Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann Penguin Press, $29.95 In stores Nov. 5
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Over the years, many readers have approached Stephen King and asked him what ever happened to little Danny Torrance of The Shining.

King hadn’t given it much thought, frankly. His work on The Shining, the 1977 thriller that scared the bejabbers out of a generation, was over and done with.

There were other stories for this prolific author to tackle.

So King tended to give a pat answer. “I used to joke around and say, ‘He married Charlie McGee from Firestarter and they had these amazing kids!’” King told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year.

His quip seemed to leave most people satisfied. But a funny thing happened as more time passed. King started to wonder, too.

What exactly did happen to the kid with remarkable psychic “shining” abilities and a rage-filled alcoholic dad who was driven to madness by a haunted hotel?

So King figured out an answer. And soon we’ll all know when one of the most anticipated book releases of the fall, Doctor Sleep (Scribner, $30), hits bookstore shelves Sept. 24.

King isn’t especially fond of sequels and he has never needed a series protagonist to sell books — his name on the cover is all it takes to move the merchandise. So his decision to write a 36-years-later follow-up is extraordinary.

There are some other big sequels coming this fall as well.

John Grisham, king of the legal thriller, checks back in with Ford County, Miss., attorney Jake Brigance from his 1989 debut novel, A Time to Kill. The new one, Sycamore Row (Doubleday, $28.95), involves another racially charged murder case and comes out Oct. 22.

Like King, Grisham doesn’t need to write a series to stay on the bestseller lists. But by doing a follow-up, a chart-topper is all but guaranteed.

Another notable sequel comes from Helen Fielding, who created the beloved British Singleton in 1996’s Bridget Jones’s Diary.

The third in what has become an unintended series is Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Knopf, $26.95). It’s out Oct. 15.

Pat Conroy’s next title sounds like it’s a sequel, but it’s not. Still, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $28.95, out Oct. 29) will be of interest to readers who loved Conroy’s 1976 novel, The Great Santini.

This book is actually nonfiction. In it, the author writes about his relationship with his late father, the overbearing Marine fighter pilot who Conroy grew up hating and who inspired the Santini character.

Another sort-of sequel comes from the writing team of Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. They’ve got a new installment in their bestselling series about famous deaths ( Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy), but this time it’s not a president who dies.

Killing Jesus (Henry Holt, $28, out Sept. 24) is written in the same style, which is to say it’s nonfiction written as an edge-of-your-seat thriller.

And then there’s Double Down, from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. They are the authors of Game Change, which chronicled the madness that was the 2008 presidential campaign.

Double Down (Penguin Press, $29.95, due Nov. 5) covers the 2012 election, which had its own circus-like moments. If this book is as big a hit as the first was, what are the odds that Halperin and Heilemann will return four years from now to address the 2016 election?

Still, it’s King and Doctor Sleep that’s more or less destined to be the blockbuster of the season.

The story in a nutshell: Dan Torrance — now grown and dealing with an alcohol problem of his own but 10 years sober, and still tormented by memories of that fateful winter at the Overlook Hotel — finally has found a place where he fits in.

He’s working with terminally ill patients in New Hampshire and using his shining ability to help the dying. That’s how he gets tagged with the nickname “Doctor Sleep.”

But he soon faces a bigger task from a new foe: a sinister group of paranormal parasites known as The True Knot. They disguise themselves as innocuous RV-driving seniors, but they’re as bad as villains come, living off the “steam” that children who shine produce when slowly tortured to death.

Dan must step up when a 12-year-old girl with shining abilities exponentially greater than his own becomes their next target.

King is the first to admit that he’s unsure whether Doctor Sleep will give readers as many nightmares as The Shining did so long ago.

“It crossed my mind that they might read the new one and say, ‘Well, THIS isn’t so scary. I thought he was a scary guy!’” King told Entertainment Weekly. “And it’s not so much that I’ve changed, but that they’ve grown up and matured — and they aren’t such easy targets.”

A look at fall books

Here are many of the most highly anticipated releases for September, October and November.


Thrillers and mysteries

• Never Go Back, by Lee Child (Delacorte, $28, released this week). Reacher, military cop-turned-drifter, is jailed on a trumped-up charge from 16 years ago. What does do? He busts heads and busts out of the brig.

• W Is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam, $28.95, on sale Tuesday, Sept. 10). Private eye Kinsey Millhone probes murders of a shady P.I. and a millionaire vagrant.

• Deadline, by Sandra Brown (Grand Central, $26, Sept. 24). A respected journalist, back from Afghanistan, investigates a 40-year-old mystery involving a Marine’s disappearance and possible murder.

• The October List, by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central, $26, Oct 1). This always inventive writer offers an intriguing thriller that goes backward, opening with the last chapter and closing with the title page.

• Spider Woman’s Daughter, by Anne Hillerman (Harper, $26.99, Oct. 1). Five years after Tony Hillerman’s death, his daughter resumes the series featuring Navajo police Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee.

• Solo, by William Boyd (Harper, $26.99, Oct. 8). The late Ian Fleming’s beloved British spy, James Bond (now in the hands of A Good Man in Africa’s author), tackles a mission in civil war-torn West Africa.

• Identical, by Scott Turow (Grand Central, $28, Oct. 15). The author of Presumed Innocent returns with a story involving a former mayoral candidate, his convict identical twin and a reopened murder case.

• Police, by Jo Nesbo (Knopf, $25.95, Oct. 15). This Norwegian crime writer is red-hot. In this outing, Oslo police once again turn to detective Harry Hole to catch a brutal murderer, but this time he cannot help.

• White Fire, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Grand Central, $27, Nov. 12). Pendergast finds a connection between a Colorado arsonist, mining deaths 150 years ago and a lost Sherlock Holmes story.

• The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, $28, Dec. 2). Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” believed that he had saved a prostitute’s life in a previous book, but now she has turned up murdered.

Also worth noting:

• Dick Francis’s Refusal, by Felix Francis (Putnam, $26.95, released this week)

• The Ludwig Conspiracy, by Oliver Potzsch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, released this week)

• The Quest, by Nelson DeMille (Center Street, $26, Sept. 17)

• Seven for a Secret, by Lyndsay Faye (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $26.95, Sept. 17)

• Storm Front, by John Sandford (Putnam, $27.95, Oct. 8)

• Inherit the Dead, edited by Lee Child (Touchstone, $25.99, Oct. 8)

• Critical Mass, by Sara Paretsky (Putnam, $26.95, Oct. 22)

• Dallas Noir, edited by David Hale Smith (Akashic, $15.95, Nov. 5)

• Dust, by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $28.95, Nov. 12)

• Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich (Bantam, $28, Nov. 19)

Literary stars

• Someone, by Alice McDermott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25, Tuesday, Sept. 10). The National Book Award winner explores the extraordinary lives of ordinary women in a tight-knit Catholic Brooklyn neighborhood.

• Enon, by Paul Harding (Random House, $26, Tuesday, Sept. 10). The latest from the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for Tinkers involves a man trying to figure out the big questions during a difficult year of personal tragedy.

• Songs of Willow Frost, by Jamie Ford (Ballantine, $26, Tuesday, Sept. 10). From the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, this Depression-era story involves a young orphan’s search for his long-lost mother.

• Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon (Penguin Press, $28.95, Sept. 17). The latest from the National Book Award winner for Gravity’s Rainbow merges the dot-com collapse and the events of 9-11.

• The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf, $27.95, Sept. 24). The second novel from the Pulitzer winner (The Namesake) chronicles two Calcutta-born brothers who grow up in different parts of the world.

• The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking Adult, $28.95, Oct. 1). From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a globetrotting love story that spans much of the 18th and 19th centuries

• The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown, $30, Oct. 22). The author of The Secret History spent 10 years writing this 784-page cinderblock about an orphan who becomes part of New York’s art underworld.

• We Are Water, by Wally Lamb (Harper, $29.99, Oct. 22). The author of I Know This Much Is True writes about a divorced wife and mom who falls in love with her Manhattan art dealer, a woman.

• The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan (Ecco, $29.99, Nov. 5). The first novel in eight years from the Joy Luck Club author. This one’s about three generations of Chinese women and a painting that connects them.

• The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, by Fannie Flagg (Random House, $27, Nov. 5). A comic mystery about two formidable Southern women, family secrets and the home front during World War II.

Also worth noting:

• Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong, by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press, $23, released this week)

• Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday, $27.95, Tuesday, Sept. 10)

• Nine Inches: Stories, by Tom Perrotta (St. Martin’s, $25.99, Tuesday, Sept. 10)

• My Notorious Life, by Kate Manning (Scribner, $26.99, Tuesday, Sept. 10)

• Who Asked You?, by Terry McMillan (Viking Adult, $27.95, Sept. 17)

• The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, Oct. 1)

• Dirty Love, by Andre Dubus III (Norton, $25.95, Oct. 7)

• The Circle, by Dave Eggers (Knopf, $27.95, Oct. 8)

• Quiet Dell, by Jayne Anne Phillips (Scribner, $28, Oct. 15)

• Sense & Sensibility, by Joanna Trollope (Harper, $25.99, Oct. 29)


History and politics

• Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, by Eric Schlosser (Penguin, $36, Sept. 17). The Fast Food Nation author looks at the safety of our nuclear arsenal.

• David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, $29, Oct. 1). The author of The Tipping Point and Blink examines the history of underdogs and misfits and extrapolates new insights from them.

• One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson (Doubleday, $28.95, Oct. 1). Recapping a big year in U.S. history, from Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic to Babe Ruth’s assault on the home-run record.

• Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel (Sarah Crichton Books, $26, Oct. 1). A journalist who embedded himself with the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment in Iraq follows the soldiers when they go back home.

• Dallas 1963, by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis (Twelve, $28, Oct. 8). The must-read JFK assassination book during a season of many similar titles commemorating the tragedy’s 50th anniversary.

• The Men Who United the States, by Simon Winchester (Harper, $29.99, Oct. 15). The author of The Professor and the Madman tells American history by following the explorers, thinkers and innovators.

• The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, $40, Nov. 5). The Pulitzer-winning historian examines “Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.”

• Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II, by Wil S. Hylton (Riverhead, $27.95, Nov. 5). This chronicles the search for the crew of a B-24 bomber that went down over the Pacific.

Also worth noting:

• Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, by Carla Kaplan (Harper, $28.99, Tuesday, Sept. 10)

• Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, by Diane Ravitch (Knopf, $27.95, Sept. 17)

• Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House, by Robert Dallek (Harper, $32.50, Oct. 8)

• On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History, by Nicholas A. Basbanes (Knopf, $35, Oct. 15)

• A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination, by Philip Shenon (Henry Holt, $32, Oct. 29)

• Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World, by Thomas Cahill (Nan A. Talese, $30.50, Oct. 29)

• Five Days in November, by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin (Gallery, $30, Nov. 19)

Memoirs and biographies

• Wilson, by A. Scott Berg (Putnam, $40, Sept. 10). The Pulitzer-winning historian examines the life of one of America’s most influential and enigmatic presidents, 100 years after his inauguration.

• A House in the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett (Scribner, $27, Tuesday, Sept. 10). Lindhout, a TV correspondent, recounts her story of being kidnapped in Somalia in 2008 and being held 460 days.

• Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury, $26, on sale Sept. 17). The National Book Award winner for fiction (2011’s Salvage the Bones) ponders the Southern legacy of poverty and racism.

• Ian Fleming, by Andrew Lycett (St. Martin’s, $29.99, Oct. 1). The “first full-length” biography of the creator of James Bond, who also just happened to have some experience as a British intelligence officer.

• My Story, by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart (St. Martin’s, $25.99, Oct. 7). Ten years after her abduction as a child made national headlines, the now-grown Smart tells her story of survival.

• Norman Mailer: A Double Life, by J. Michael Lennon (Simon & Schuster, $40, Oct. 15). Examining the complicated and contradictory life of the Pulitzer-winning literary giant takes up nearly 1,000 pages.

• The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry, by Mark Ribowsky (Liveright, $29.95, Nov. 4). The author of biographies on Howard Cosell and Satchel Paige takes an in-depth look at the life of “America’s Coach.”

Also worth noting:

• Salinger, by David Shields and Shane Salerno (Simon & Schuster, $37.50, released this week)

• Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2, by Mark Twain (University of California Press, $45, Oct. 5)

• Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident, by Bill Ayers (Beacon Press, $24.95, Oct. 8)

Popular culture

• Still Foolin’ ’Em, by Billy Crystal (Henry Holt, $28, Tuesday, Sept. 10). The comedian and When Harry Met Sally star puts a humorous spin on the agony of aging, from insomnia to memory loss.

• Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, by Linda Ronstadt (Simon & Schuster, $26, Sept. 17). Sadly, she can’t sing anymore, but the beloved singer can sure spin tales about the California music scene of the ’70s.

• The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone (Little, Brown, $28, Oct. 15). The story of the Internet company that changed how books are sold — and, yes, it’s available from Amazon.

• Johnny Carson, by Henry Bushkin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, Oct. 15). A fun and insightful look at the life of the former king of late-night TV, more than 20 years after he stepped down as Tonight Show host.

• The Most of Nora Ephron, by Nora Ephron (Knopf, $35, Oct. 29). A posthumous collection of Ephron’s work includes her novel Heartburn as well as essays about journalism, feminism and politics.

• Johnny Cash: The Life, by Robert Hilburn (Little, Brown, $32, Oct. 29). A “no-holds-barred” biography of the complicated and influential country music icon, written by a music critic who knew the artist well.

Also worth noting:

• Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age, by Mathew Klickstein (Plume, $20, Sept. 24)

• From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, by Allen Salkin (Putnam, $27.95, Oct. 1)

• The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (Simon & Schuster, $25.99, Oct. 1)

• Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS, by Rebecca Eaton (Viking Adult, $29.95, Oct. 29)

• Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, by Glen Berger (Simon & Schuster, $25, Nov. 5)

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