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Ten noteworthy fiction and nonfiction titles on the way

The Kansas City Star

We scoured the most-anticipated fall titles from Amazon, New York Magazine and Publishers Weekly to gather this top 10 list for avid readers.


"The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel," by David Lagercrantz (Knopf, Sept. 1)

Lisbeth lives ... on!

The main characters of Stieg Larsson's gripping trilogy, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, return in this thriller. Larsson died suddenly of a heart attack after his books "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" came out, and publishers turned to David Lagercrantz, a Swedish journalist and author, to continue Lisbeth's story.

"Purity," by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept. 1)

All the trappings of modern life are captured in this novel: Pip Tyler, whose real name is Purity, has to deal with student debt, the fact she doesn't know who her father is and other secrets.

"Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights," by Salman Rushdie (Random House, Sept. 8)

A fantastical and metaphorical tale about the jinn creatures who live in a world separated from yet connected to ours and what happens when humans and jinn have to engage.

"Under the Udala Trees," by Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sept. 22)

Nigerian-born Chinelo Okparanta charmed the literary world with her 2013 short story collection, "Happiness, Like Water," which won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. Her debut novel is set in her home country, against the backdrop of the Nigerian civil war. In the midst of that, two girls from different ethnic communities fall in love.

"The Early Stories of Truman Capote" (Random House, Oct. 27)

Before "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood," there was a young Truman Capote writing stories. These pieces, discovered in the archives of the New York Public Library, are by a teenaged Capote, if you can imagine such a thing.

"Numero Zero," by Umberto Eco (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov. 3)

Umberto Eco, author of "The Name of the Rose," presents this novel set in 1992 that foreshadows the scandal, politics and faulty journalism of the next 20 years. Translated by Richard Dixon.


"The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age," by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, Sept. 8)

Joyce Carol Oates growing up on a farm, reading "Alice in Wonderland," bonding with a special red hen that and more is revealed in this candid memoir by the author of "A Widow's Story." Readers will likely have a new appreciation for their own memories once they read how Oates perceives hers.

"M Train," by Patti Smith (Knopf, Oct. 6)

Patti Smith has described this memoir as "a roadmap to my life." Smith reveals her haunts a tiny Greenwich Village cafe her dreams and her emotions.

"Humans of New York: Stories," by Brandon Stanton (St. Martin's Press, Oct. 13)

Photographer Brandon Stanton started a blog, "Humans of New York," to document the faces of the city that doesn't sleep. He turned the popular blog posts (12 million followers) into a best-selling book in 2013, "Humans of New York." Now, Stanton is following up with "Stories," which has new people and longer, captivating stories.

"Lafayette in the Somewhat United States," by Sarah Vowell (Riverhead Books, Oct. 20)

If you ever wanted an insightful and entertaining look at the friendship between George Washington and his French aristocrat general Marquis de Lafayette, this book by Sarah Vowell author of "Assassination Vacation" and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot" should be on your list.

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