Valdosta Daily Times


September 9, 2012

Readers of the Fall: A look at 10 books

- — In the coming weeks, numerous books will be released as fall turns to the Christmas shopping season. Today, we list a few that may strike readers’ fancies from novels to biography to politics to histories. Release dates are subject to change.

THE TIME KEEPER: Mitch Albom. Mitch Albom has a way of creating fables whether it’s from the non-fictional memoir view of his wildly successful “Tuesdays with Morrie” or his fictional “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.” Albom finds the unearthly within the earthly and blends them together in a readable cocktail for the masses. With “The Time Keeper,” Albom writes in full fable mode, telling the story of the man who dared attempt to measure God’s gift of time — the man who becomes the mythical Father Time. Pages: 240. Release: On book store shelves since Sept. 4.

TELEGRAPH AVENUE: Michael Chabon. Here, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Chabon turns his eclectic attention toward the owners of a California record store. Chabon has the tendency to weave magic whether it’s the burned-out writing professor in “Wonder Boys,” the rise of American comic books amidst the overseas depravities of the Holocaust in “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” the what-if police mystery of a Jewish state established in Alaska rather than Israel with “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” etc. Readers can only hope he has more magic invested in “Telegraph Avenue.” Pages: 480. Release: Sept. 11.

THE PRICE OF POLITICS: Bob Woodward. After five volumes devoted to the post-911 wars, famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward changes the subject to the stalemate Washington economic politics of the past few years. “The Price of Politics” examines how President Barack Obama and the congressional leadership of both parties dealt with the nation’s recent economic crises. Unlikely to deal either candidate an October surprise, expect Woodward’s latest to spark the course of campaign-season discussion in the coming days. Pages: 448. Release: Sept. 11.

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