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Highlights of Fall Books Releases
“An Atomic Romance” (Random House), Bobbie Ann Mason’s novel is set in a uranium enrichment plant.
“Christ the Lord” (Alfred A. Knopf), Anne Rice leaves vampires behind for this story of the young Jesus.
“The Diviners” (Little, Brown), “Ice Storm” author Rick Moody sets his new book during the 2000 presidential election.
“Get a Life” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a South African ecologist ill with cancer is the main character in Nadine Gordimer’s new novel.
“Goodnight Nobody” (Atria), Jennifer Weiner’s story of a young mother in a Connecticut town.
“The Lighthouse” (Alfred A. Knopf), the latest mystery from P.D. James.
“Lipstick” (Hyperion), “Sex and the City” writer Candace Bushnell offer more urban tales.
“The March” (Random House), E.L. Doctorow’s fictionalized version of General Sherman’s advance through the South during the Civil War.
“Memories of My Melancholy Whores” (Alfred A. Knopf), Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short novel, translated from the Spanish text, tells of an old man’s night with a virgin.
“Ordinary Heroes” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), courtroom master Scott Turow looks into the past of a World War II veteran.
“The Painted Drum” (HarperCollins), Louise Erdrich’s novel follows the history of a painted drum.
“Predator” (Putnam), Patricia Cornwell’s latest Kay Scarpetta mystery.
“S Is for Silence” (Putnam), Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone is back on the job.
“Saving Fish From Drowning” (Putnam), Amy Tan’s story of American tourists in Burma.
“Shalimar the Clown” (Random House), a parable about terrorism and religious warfare from “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.
“Slow Man” (Viking), J.M. Coetzee’s novel features a photographer who loses his leg in a bicycle accident.
“Son of a Witch” (Regan), Gregory Maguire’s sequel to “Wicked,” the basis for the Broadway musical.
“Vita” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Melania G. Mazzucco’s story of Italian immigrants in New York.
“Wickett’s Remedy” (Doubleday), Myla Goldberg’s new novel is set during the 1918 influenza epidemic.
“The Widow of the South” (Warner), Robert Hicks’ debut is a Civil War novel.
“Bait and Switch” (Henry Holt), Barbara Ehrenreich takes on the white collar job market.
“The Beatles” (Little, Brown), an 800-plus page biography by Bob Spitz, based on hundreds of interviews.
“The City of Falling Angels (Penguin Press), John Berendt, who immortalized Savannah, Ga., in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” attempts the same for Venice, Italy.
“Dean and Me” (Doubleday), Jerry Lewis remembers his old partner, Dean Martin.
“Here’s Johnny” (Rutledge Hill Press), sidekick Ed McMahon remembers talk-show king Johnny Carson.
“Julie and Julia” (Little, Brown), Julie Powell’s adventures with the recipes of Julia Child.
“The Lost Painting” (Random House), Jonathan Harr, author of “A Civil Action,” seeks out a lost Caravaggio painting.
“Memories of John Lennon” (Harper Entertainment), reflections from Yoko Ono upon the 25th anniversary of her husband’s murder.
“Mirror to America” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), the memoir by historian and civil rights advocate John Hope Franklin.
“My Detachment” (Random House), Tracy Kidder, a Vietnam War memoir from the author of “Soul of a New Machine.”
“Team of Rivals” (Simon & Schuster), Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln.
“The Tender Bar” (Hyperion), J.R. Moehringer’s memoir about coming age in a saloon.
“The Truth (With Jokes)” (Dutton), Al Franken serves it up, again, from the left.
“Mark Twain” (Free Press), a 800-page biography by Ron Powers.
“The Year of Magical Thinking” (Alfred A. Knopf), Joan Didion reflects on the death of her husband, author John Gregory Dunne.