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New books to read this fall, from Margaret Atwood, Stephen King and more

Just like Mother Nature, the publishing industry saves some of its best tricks and brightest colors for fall. This year’s autumn lineup features new work from several of America’s most beloved novelists and tempting choices in nonfiction. As you lay in the lawn-and-leaf bags, the school supplies, the firewood and the inevitable pumpkin, here’s a list for the bookstore or library.

THE SECRETS WE KEPT by Lara Prescott

Set in 1950s Washington, D.C. and the Soviet

Set in 1950s Washington, D.C. and the Soviet Union, Prescott's debut tells the true story of Boris Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago. Meet the ladies of the Agency typing pool, Pasternak's mistress and two female spies, all of whom are swept up in Cold War intrigue. (Knopf, Sept. 3)

SUPER PUMPED: THE BATTLE FOR UBER by Mike Isaac

Many people have an Uber story -- this
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Many people have an Uber story -- this is the Uber story, and it's a corporate nightmare. Once poised to take its place beside Amazon, Facebook and Google as a blue-chip tech giant, Uber's disastrous IPO was the result of ruthless ambition, misconduct and billions of dollars gone awry. (Norton, already out)

THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood

In this sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," set

In this sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," set 15 years later, Atwood promises to answer all the questions readers have had about Offred's fate and Gilead's inner workings. Details have been kept secret -- all we know is that there are three female narrators and the plot was inspired by real-world situations. (Nan A. Talese, Sept. 10)

THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King

A group of children with powers of telekinesis
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A group of children with powers of telekinesis and telepathy have been kidnapped and are being held at a draconian facility, where the dark purpose behind this is initially unclear. If this is anything like "It," King's last book that starred kids, readers who love to be scared to death have hours of delicious terror to look forward to. (Scribner, Sept. 10)

RED AT THE BONE by Jacqueline Woodson

This multigenerational saga of an African-American family in
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This multigenerational saga of an African-American family in Brooklyn is an adult take on the lyrical coming-of-age story for which National Book Award winner and prolific YA author Woodson is revered. (Riverhead, Sept. 17)

THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett

A mansion in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins
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A mansion in the Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park is the setting for the latest from the author of "Bel Canto" and "Commonwealth." When their mother takes off without a goodbye and their father remarries a woman who couldn't care less, the Conroy siblings have only each other. As always, Patchett's warmth and wisdom shine. (Harper, Sept. 24)

SHE SAID; BREAKING THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT STORY by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

From the Woodward and Bernstein of #metoo comes
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From the Woodward and Bernstein of #metoo comes this behind-the-scenes look at the investigation that began by bringing down Harvey Weinstein and ended by changing the culture. Here's how the reporters and their subjects broke the silence enforced by secret payouts, nondisclosure agreements and lingering shame. (Penguin Press, Oct. 1)

TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE by Susan Isaacs

Long Island's queen of mystery is back with
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Long Island's queen of mystery is back with a story centered on a group of Long Islanders who work at home and meet every week for lunch at a restaurant in Shorehaven. One of them is a former FBI agent, and another is a guy whose behavior sets off her bad-guy detector. She and her retired-cop father investigate. (Atlantic Monthly Press, Oct. 1)

HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES by Saeed Jones

The prose debut of this prize-winning poet and

The prose debut of this prize-winning poet and Buzzfeed culture editor is a memoir of his coming-of-age as a gay black man in Texas. Jones' understated prose and his gift for storytelling make this powerful, devastating story a page-turner. (Simon & Schuster, Oct. 8)

GRAND UNION by Zadie Smith

The first collection of short stories from the

The first collection of short stories from the author of "White Teeth," "On Beauty" and "Swing Time" is sure to be snapped up by her fans, many still licking their lips after last year's essay collection "Feel Free." Smith's intelligence, clarity and directness are sure to light up the page. (Penguin Press, Oct. 8)

OLIVE, AGAIN by Elizabeth Strout

After a No. 1 spot on the bestseller

After a No. 1 spot on the bestseller list, the Pulitzer Prize and a TV miniseries starring Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge is surely the most beloved unlikable character in recent literary history. According to early reviews, this new collection of stories about Olive's friends and family hits it out of the park. (Random House, Oct. 15)

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS by Jami Attenberg

After the critical raves for her New York
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After the critical raves for her New York anti-romance "All Grown Up," Attenberg heads to New Orleans for a saga of family secrets and dysfunction in the a clan of an evil real-estate developer, now on his deathbed. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct. 22)

THE DESERTER BY Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille

Long Island's favorite thriller author is kicking off
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Long Island's favorite thriller author is kicking off a new series in collaboration with his screenwriter son Alex. A male-female pair of Army investigators -- brilliant, unorthodox, and fizzing with chemistry -- is sent to South America to track down a soldier originally believed captured by the Taliban and up to no good in Caracas. (Simon and Schuster, Oct. 22)

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