The most anticipated books of 2009

Good news from the beleaguered world of book publishing: A "fabulous" crop of quality books will soon be hitting bookstores, Sheryl Cotleur, buying director from Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif., told Publishers Weekly. "I was going through the [publishers'] catalogues just flipping out  – not only who’s publishing but the quality."

Booksellers were in New York last week for BookExpo America 2009. And, given a chance to see the titles on tap for the second half of 2009, many told PW that they were very excited about what they saw. “This fall is incredible. It’s going to be the best year ever,”  predicted Dick Hermans, founder of Oblong Books in Milford, N.Y.

Here are some of the titles that are creating the buzz:

Books scheduled for release in August:

– "Alex Cross's Trial" by James Patterson and Richard Diallo

– "This Is Where I Leave You," by Jonathan Trooper

– "Await Your Reply," by Dan Chaon

– "That Old Cape Magic," by Richard Russo

– "A Paradise Built in Hell," by Rebecca Solnit

Books scheduled for release in September:

– "Love and Summer," by William Trevor

– "The Year of the Flood," by Margaret Atwood

– "The Anthologist," by Nicholson Baker

– "Dawn Light," by Diane Ackerman

– "Level 26," by Anthony E. Zuiker

– "Stitches," by David Small

– "South of Broad," by Pat Conroy

– "Spooner," by Pete Dexter

Books scheduled for release in October:

– "The Children's Book," by A.S. Byatt

– "Invisible," by Paul Auster

– "Half-Broke Horses," by Jeannette Walls

– "What the Dog Saw," by Malcolm Gladwell

– "The Big Burn," by Timothy Egan

– "How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood," by William J. Mann

– "Nine Dragons"  by Michael Connelly

– "Chronic City," by Jonathan Lethem

Books scheduled for release in November:

– "The Lacuna," by Barbara Kingsolver

– "I, Alex Cross" by James Patterson

Books scheduled for release in January:

– "The Unnamed," by Joshua Ferris

– "Happy," by Alex Lemon

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