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A SNEAK PEEK|Highlights from this fall's book releases



Published: Sat, August 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



FICTION

"An Atomic Romance" (Random House): Bobbie Ann Mason's novel is set in a uranium enrichment plant.

"Christ the Lord" (Alfred A. Knopf): Anne Rice leaves vampires behind for this story of the young Jesus.

"The Diviners" (Little, Brown): "Ice Storm" author Rick Moody sets his new book during the 2000 presidential election.

"Get a Life" (Farrar, Straus & amp; Giroux): A South African ecologist ill with cancer is the main character in Nadine Gordimer's new novel.

"Goodnight Nobody" (Atria): Jennifer Weiner's story of a young mother in a Connecticut town.

"The Lighthouse" (Alfred A. Knopf): The latest mystery from P.D. James.

"Lipstick" (Hyperion): "Sex and the City" writer Candace Bushnell offer more urban tales.

"The March" (Random House): E.L. Doctorow's fictionalized version of General Sherman's advance through the South during the Civil War.

"Memories of My Melancholy Whores" (Alfred A. Knopf): Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short novel, translated from the Spanish text, tells of an old man's night with a virgin.

"Ordinary Heroes" (Farrar, Straus & amp; Giroux): Courtroom master Scott Turow looks into the past of a World War II veteran.

"The Painted Drum" (HarperCollins): Louise Erdrich's novel follows the history of a painted drum.

"Predator" (Putnam): Patricia Cornwell's latest Kay Scarpetta mystery.

"S Is for Silence" (Putnam): Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone is back on the job.

"Saving Fish From Drowning" (Putnam): Amy Tan's story of American tourists in Burma.

"Shalimar the Clown" (Random House): A parable about terrorism and religious warfare from "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie.

"Slow Man" (Viking): J.M. Coetzee's novel features a photographer who loses his leg in a bicycle accident.

"Son of a Witch" (Regan): Gregory Maguire's sequel to "Wicked," the basis for the Broadway musical.

"Vita" (Farrar, Straus & amp; Giroux): Melania G. Mazzucco's story of Italian immigrants in New York.

"Wickett's Remedy" (Doubleday): Myla Goldberg's new novel is set during the 1918 influenza epidemic.

"The Widow of the South" (Warner): Robert Hicks' debut is a Civil War novel.

NONFICTION

"Bait and Switch" (Henry Holt): Barbara Ehrenreich takes on the white-collar job market.

"The Beatles" (Little, Brown): An 800-plus page biography by Bob Spitz, based on hundreds of interviews.

"The City of Falling Angels" (Penguin Press): John Berendt, who immortalized Savannah, Ga., in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," attempts the same for Venice, Italy.

"Dean and Me" (Doubleday): Jerry Lewis remembers his old partner, Dean Martin.

"Here's Johnny" (Rutledge Hill Press): Sidekick Ed McMahon remembers talk-show king Johnny Carson.

"Julie and Julia" (Little, Brown): Julie Powell's adventures with the recipes of Julia Child.

"The Lost Painting" (Random House): Jonathan Harr, author of "A Civil Action," seeks out a lost Caravaggio painting.

"Memories of John Lennon" (Harper Entertainment): Reflections from Yoko Ono upon the 25th anniversary of her husband's murder.

"Mirror to America" (Farrar, Straus & amp; Giroux): The memoir by historian and civil-rights advocate John Hope Franklin.

"My Detachment" (Random House): Tracy Kidder, a Vietnam War memoir from the author of "Soul of a New Machine."

"Team of Rivals" (Simon & amp; Schuster): Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Abraham Lincoln.

"The Tender Bar" (Hyperion): J.R. Moehringer's memoir about coming age in a saloon.

"The Truth [With Jokes]" (Dutton): Al Franken serves it up, again, from the left.

"Mark Twain" (Free Press): An 800-page biography by Ron Powers.

"The Year of Magical Thinking" (Alfred A. Knopf): Joan Didion reflects on the death of her husband, author John Gregory Dunne.




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