"Autumn's sweet whisper requires a good book and a warm drink." Dana Cecere
Book Lover's Season™ is here! One of the greatest joys of working at BAM is when Book Lover's Season™ approaches, and we start to see the line up of books releasing for fall. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone. Book Lover's Season™ is our way to give back to our readers, with the reason we're all together in the first place: the love of books.
The book line-up for the Fall of 2020 is one of the best we've seen in our 102 years in business. There are stories to challenge you, to make you cry, to break your heart and send you into a fit of giggles on the very next line. They're special. These are the best of the best, picked especially by our buyers for our readers. They're the books that we fell in love with, too. The books that we can't wait for you to read.
If you need a good love story, look no further than The Return. Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the story of an injured army doctor and a beautiful deputy, whose secrets will change the course of his life. Are you a fan of A Time to Kill? Well, Jake Brigance is back in John Grisham's A Time for Mercy. This time he’s at the epicenter of a sensational murder trial that bitterly divides the citizens of Clanton, Mississippi. Next up is To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, a brand new epic novel from Christopher Paolini, author of teen fantasy Eragon. This one is about a curious scientist stumbles on mysterious ruins in the opening chapters of this science fiction epic. Lastly, almost ten years after the original, we're finally getting Ready Player Two! We know very little about it other than we can't wait to be thrown back into the world of futuristic nostalgia.
Jerry Seinfeld is coming out with his first book in twenty-five years! Is This Anything? features his best work across five decades in comedy. Next, and handpicked by Oprah, Emmanuel Acho is coming out with Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism-- the tough conversations we all need to be having. Then, Hoda is back! In an all-new collection of beloved quotes, This Just Speaks to Me offers inspiration, wisdom, and hope 365 days a year. Next, Caste broke everyone's hearts wide open. The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. Lastly, we are all over the moon for Solutions and Other Problems, the return of Allie Brosh from Hyperbole and a Half. This marks the return of a beloved American humorist who brings light to some of the hardest mental health topics of all. As Bill Gates said, she has "the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian."
Get excited for so many great kids' titles this fall! The Grinny Granny Donkey, from the amazing creators of The Wonkey Donkey, might be the most exciting kids' book this year. Next, heartbreaking and timely, Heroes Wear Masks tells the story of Elmo on his first day of school where he gets ready to be a masked hero! As kids navigate these new times, it's so helpful to see a familiar face navigate an unfamiliar experience. Additionally, The Deep End, Book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from Jeff Kinney is coming out! Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Cat Kid Comic Club is Dav Pilkey's newest book series in which Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence.
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (what a title!) is Holly Black's newest installment in the Folk of the Air series. You can return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that only Holly can provide. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect story to keep you entranced. If you're in the mood for a YA romance, we're counting down the days until All This Time. Lastly, Marissa Meyer has a new young adult contemporary romance called Instant Karma, where a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her - both good and bad. Can you imagine that gift?
Graphic Novels and Manga
The world of graphic novels and manga continues to gain popularity. In My Hero Academia, Volume 25 Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world's greatest hero, but greatness won't come easy. Take a dive deep into the history of the world's most popular fantasy RPG livestream with the cast of Critical Role in The World of Critical Role, the definitive guide featuring never-before-seen illustrations and photos. Most exciting to me: horror manga writer Junji Ito is coming out with Remina, the chilling tale of a hell star. We won't be able to sleep, but it seems worth it.
In Dandelion, YouTube sensation Gabbie Hanna delivers everything from curious musings to gut-wrenching confessionals in her long-awaited sophomore collection of illustrated poetry. Next, for all the Riverdale fans (Jughead forever), Lili Reinhardt, mental health advocate and actress, is coming out with Swimming Lessons, her first collection of poetry. If you need something a little more terrifying... I'm Thinking of Ending Things is soon to be a Netflix original movie. It is a deeply scary and intensely unnerving novel that follows a couple in the midst of a twisted unraveling of the darkest unease. You will be scared. But you won't know why... but it's your choice if you want to scream your way through Book Lover's Season™!
No matter what you read, there is a story for everyone this Book Lover's Season™.