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The top literary releases hitting shelves this fall.


With a number of hot new releases hitting bookstores this fall, it’s the perfect time to beef up your reading list and curl up with a good book—or four. ALIVE chatted with Rob Levy of the Indie Bookstore Alliance and Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar Blvd., 314.862.6100) for some recommendations. Here are our favorites.

1/ “Get Jiro!” by Anthony Bourdain

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has expanded his passion for cooking to comics and teamed up with illustrator Langdon Foss and co-author Joel Rose to release his first original graphic novel. “Get Jiro!” takes a satirical look at the competitive nature of the cooking world, set in a futuristic version of LA, “where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurant.” Jiro is a renegade sushi chef who shows up on the scene and incites a full-blown culinary war. Released June 27 by DC Comics/Vertigo.

2/ “Double Cross” by Ben Macintyre

You won’t need to be a card-carrying history buff to be drawn into this nonfiction account of the spies of D-Day. Ben Macintyre is a renowned British historian, columnist and bestselling author, known for well-paced historical nonfiction that is easily accessible to the casual reader. “Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies” tells the tale of the almost absurdly unlikely group of spies (including a Serbian playboy, bisexual Peruvian playgirl, Spanish chicken farmer, Polish pilot and hysterical Frenchwoman) who were instrumental in allowing Allied troops to land safely on the shores of Normandy on DDay, leading to a critical WWII victory. Released July 31 by Deckle Edge.

3/ “Noir at the Bar Volume Two” edited by Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips

Edited by St. Louis authors Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips, “Noir at the Bar Volume Two” is a follow-up to the crime fiction anthology “Noir at the Bar,” released in August 2011 and sold exclusively at Subterranean Books. Volume One was a deliciously dark collection of short stories by St. Louis and regional authors, with all the hard-boiled dialogue, violence and deviance that pulp fiction fans can’t get enough of. Volume Two, due out early this month, promises to give its predecessor a run for its money. Keep an eye out for the Noir at the Bar events, where you can sidle up to the bar with the authors for a reading—and a stiff drink.

4/ “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is a bit of a rock star in contemporary fiction, well loved for novels like “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union” (2007), “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” (2000) and “Wonder Boys” (1995). Anticipation for Chabon’s newest release, “Telegraph Avenue,” has been building for months. The story follows two best friends who own a barely-hanging-on record store in Northern California, and their wives, the legendary “Berkeley Birth Partners” (aka midwives). When plans for a new megastore next door emerge, along with a long-lost teenage son, their lives are thrown into turmoil—a most hipster soap opera. To be released September 11 by HarperCollins.







Photo credit: Cover artwork provided by the publishers.

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