Thousands of books are due to publish in the next few weeks as the Fall season gets underway. We've been trawling through the catalogs and early reviews to pick out the literary diamonds from among this vast number, and have whittled the list down to about 100 September books, which members can view in full here. From among this number, here are a dozen to whet your appetite including 6 novels, 3 biographies and 3 books for older children and teens.


Davina, BookBrowse editor


The Mirrored World by Debra DeanThe Mirrored World by Debra Dean

Historical Fiction, 256 pages
Published by Harper: Aug 28, 2012

The bestselling author of The Madonnas of Leningrad returns with a breathtaking novel of love, madness, and devotion set against the extravagant royal court of eighteenth-century St. Petersburg.
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The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise PennyThe Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

Mystery, 384 pages
Published by St Martin's Press: Aug 28, 2012

"An entire mystery novel centering on Gregorian chants?...Yes, indeed, and in the hands of the masterful Penny, the topic proves every bit as able to transfix readers as the chants do their listeners." - Booklist
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NW by Zadie SmithNW by Zadie Smith

Novel, 400 pages
Published by Penguin Press Sept 4, 2012

Depicting the modern urban zone - familiar to town-dwellers everywhere - Zadie Smith's NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.
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The Forgetting Tree by Tatiana Soli The Forgetting Tree by Tatiana Soli

Novel, 416 pages
Published by St Martin's Press: Sept 4, 2012

From The New York Times bestselling author of The Lotus Eaters, a novel of a California ranching family, its complicated matriarch and an enigmatic caretaker who may destroy them.
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This Is How You Lose Her by Junot DiazThis Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

Novel, 224 pages
Published by Riverhead Books: Sept 11, 2012

The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.
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Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken FollettWinter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett

Historical Fiction, 960 pages
Published by Dutton: Sept 18, 2012

Winter of the World picks up right where Fall of Giants left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
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Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi AnnanInterventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan

Biography, 512 pages
Published by Penguin Press: Sept 4, 2012

A personal biography of global statecraft, Annan's Interventions is as much a memoir as a guide to world order - past, present, and future.
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Mortality by Christopher HitchensMortality by Christopher Hitchens

Biography, 128 pages
Published by Twelve Books: Sept 4, 2012

Mortality is the story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.
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Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman RushdieJoseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie

Biography, 656 pages
Published by Random House: Sept 18, 2012

On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran." So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. He was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names; then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov - Joseph Anton.
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Older Children & Young Adults

Katerina's Wish by Jeannie MobleyKaterina's Wish by Jeannie Mobley

Debut Novel for ages 9-14, 256 pages
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books: Aug 28, 2012

"Weaving rich details of life in a mining town at the turn of the 20th century with the pacing of a good old-fashioned historical romance and conveying it all in Katerina's heartfelt voice, Mobley has constructed a world where one determined teenager with brains for business, the bravery to stand up for herself and the ability to find love helps make dreams come true." - Kirkus Reviews
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 The Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O'Roark DowellThe Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Novel for ages 9-12, 240 pages
Published by Atheneum: Aug 28, 2012

"Middle school mean girls are not uncommon, in fiction or in life, but seldom has an author so successfully defeated them without leaving her protagonist or her reader feeling a little bit mean herself." - Kirkus Reviews
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Every Day by David Levithan

Novel for Ages 14+, 336 pages
Published by Knopf Children's Books: Aug 29, 2012

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A's world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
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