Valdosta Daily Times


August 26, 2013

Leafing through Fall Books

VALDOSTA — From self-help to Greek and Roman myths to the sequel of a horror classic to a history of two presidents at war to beloved thrillers to the death of Jesus, this fall’s reading list has something to appeal to any number of readers.

Today, The Times provides a quick look at some of the books scheduled to publish in the coming weeks and months (release dates may change) as well as a sneak peek at a work from an American master due out early next year.

DR. SLEEP, Stephen King. Sept. 24. Of all of his books, of all of his horrors, “The Shining,” a story of madness, alcoholism, isolation and ghosts set amidst a small family care-taking a vacant hotel for winter, may be Stephen King’s masterpiece. With “Dr. Sleep,” King returns to this setting visiting the now middle-aged Dan Torrance, the boy who witnessed and survived his father’s descent into madness. Will the shining endanger him again? Should King dare touch anything to do with his masterwork?

KILLING JESUS, Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard. Sept. 24. Following the phenomenal success of historical assassination volumes, “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy,” FOX News commentator O’Reilly and author Dugard turn their attention to the death of Jesus. Expect the same format here as the past books: historical research couched in a narrative that reads more like a page-turning James Patterson thriller than a history text.

DAVID AND GOLIATH, Malcolm Gladwell. Oct. 1. Subtitled “Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants,” Malcolm Gladwell turns his research skills and insight onto overcoming what may seem like overwhelming obstacles and challenges. Gladwell is the author of similar books, “Outlier” and “Blink,” that can redefine how readers perceive and view the world.

ONE SUMMER: AMERICA 1927, Bill Bryson. Oct. 1. An eclectic non-fiction writer, penning such diverse works as the scientific “A Short History of Nearly Everything” and memoir “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid,” Bill Bryson turns his pen to a summer that witnessed Charles Lindbergh’s famed flight across the Atlantic, Babe Ruth’s push to overtake the home run record, a man sitting atop a flagpole, a woman creating a sensation for the murder of her husband, the Mississippi River flooding and wreaking desolation throughout the South. Bryson writes a portrait of a slice of time.

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