Seven Books to Pre-Order Now


Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

If writing literary masterpieces is a crime, the 76-year-old author of V. (1963) and Gravity’s Rainbow(1973) is serving a life sentence. Set in 2001, Bleeding Edge pits a female fraud investigator (and mother of two) against Russian mobsters, bloggers, hackers and billionaire CEOs. Penguin, $29, Sept. 17.

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins

Finally, a proper autobiography from the brilliant evolutionary biologist and noted atheist. Dawkins has always made science accessible with his writing; with this book, he’s made himself accessible. This should be a fascinating look at one man’s intellectual growth.Ecco, $28, Sept. 24.

Moments That Made the Movies by David Thomson

Noted film critic David Thomson takes his invaluableHave You Seen . . . ? (2008) one step further with this lavishly illustrated guide celebrating the very best “moments” from 72 classic films. Required reading for cineastes everywhere! Thames & Hudson, $40, Oct. 7.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

The phenomenal worldwide success of the first twoBridget Jones books has prompted this hotly anticipated third installment. Fans can expect more humor, more awkward sexual encounters, more technological challenges and more fashion disasters.Knopf, $26, Oct. 15.

Identical by Scott Turow

Paul Giannis is running for mayor of Kindle County. His twin brother Cass is being released from prison after serving 25 years for murdering his girlfriend, Athena Kronon. The plot thickens as the Kronon family reopens Athena’s murder investigation and both families are swept up in a complex story of love and betrayal from the author of Presumed Innocent(1987) and Innocent (2010). Grand Central Publishing, $28, Oct. 15.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Thirteen-year-old Theo Decker survives an explosion that kills his mother and then slowly drifts into the art world through his attachment to a painting that reminds him of her. Tartt only publishes one book a decade, so read this one slowly. Little, Brown and Company, $30, Oct. 22.

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

Albom’s new novel takes place in Coldwater, Michigan, where the phones are ringing off the hook from deceased callers talking about heaven. Sully Harding is a possibly innocent ex-con whose wife died while he was in prison. When Harding’s son starts waiting for his dead mother to call, Sully must determine if the phone calls are a miracle or a hoax. Harper, $25, Nov. 12.

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