Hip Hot & Happening in the Bookshop – What’s the Buzz?


The Book Expo America just wrapped up and what books were getting the most buzz for the fall?

Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood (Oct 23) was at the top of the list.  This is Wolfe’s first novel in 8 years.  He is most famous writing to date is  The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right StuffBack to Blood is set in Miami, with a Cuban mayor and a black police chief, after the financial meltdown.

J.K. Rowling’sThe Casual Vacancy(Sept.27) came in second.  This is Rowling’s first novel for adults.   The book will be set in an English town called Pagford where things are not as idyllic as it seems on the surface.  The Casual Vacancy is a dark comedy about politics in this small British town.

Rounding out the top 3 is Neil Young’s memoir Waging Heavy Peace (Oct 2).  Young says of his book “It is not quite a memoir. It’s more like a diary and a projection.” 

Other notable mentions include:


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall (Oct. 1)
  • Penny Marshall’s My Mother Was Nuts (Sept. 18)
  • Salman Rushdie’sJoseph Anton(Sept. 18)


  • Ken Follett’sWinter of the World(Sept. 18)
  • Justin Cronin’sThe Twelve(Oct. 12)

Crime Novels

  • Lee Child’sA Wanted Man(Sept 25)
  • Jo Nesbo’sPhantom(Oct 2)
  • Michael Connelly’sThe Black Box(Nov 25)
  • James M. Cain’s post-humously publishedThe Cocktail Waitress(Sept. 18)

So many amazing books to look forward to!

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