As in any publishing season—but most significantly within the busy spring and fall schedules—certain trends emerge among the hundreds of books we receive. Here are some of the notable trends I have seen in fall books:
1) Anti-Trump Books:Admittedly, this is a broad category. Though fatigue has begun to set in—there have been dozens, if not hundreds, of books about the president’s incompetence since he took office—this is a trend I’m happy to see continue, whether in books aimed directly at Trump or those in which his disastrous administration is implicated (immigration, income inequality, climate change, racial tension, etc.). Noteworthy fall books include Bill Press’ Trump Must Go (Sept. 11), Major Garrett’s Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride (Sept. 18), Carol Anderson’s One Person, No Vote (Sept. 11), Max Boot’s The Corrosion of Conservatism(Oct. 9), Alan Hirsch’s Impeaching the President (Oct. 16), Sarah Churchwell’s Behold, America (Oct. 9), and Mary Robinson’s Climate Justice (Sept. 4).
2) Unapologetic Examinations of Race in America:This is a necessary topic anytime, but this fall features a host of real standouts, including Anderson’s book (see above), Casey Gerald’s There Will Be No Miracles Here(Oct. 2), Kiese Laymon’s Heavy (Oct. 16), Jabari Asim’s We Can’t Breathe (Oct. 16), Crystal Fleming’s How to Be Less Stupid About Race(Sept. 18), Glory Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl (Oct. 30), Tena Clark’s Southern Discomfort(Oct. 2), and Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred(Sept. 18).
3) Essay Collections:Though not everyone’s cup of tea, this has always been one of my favorite areas of nonfiction, and I’m happy to report that the art of the essay is alive and well this fall. To see why, check out Meghan O’Gieblyn’s Interior States(Oct. 9), the posthumous collection from Ingrid Sischy, Nothing Is Lost (Nov. 13), John McPhee’s The Patch(Nov. 13), Adam Hochschild’s Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays(Oct. 12), Camille Paglia’s Provocations(Oct. 9), Jonathan Franzen’s The End of the End of the Earth(Nov. 13), Lacy Johnson’s The Reckonings(Oct. 9), and Rebecca Solnit’s Call Them by Their True Names(Sept. 4). Eric Liebetrau is the nonfiction and managing editor.