BACK TO BLOOD, by Tom Wolfe (Little, Brown, Oct. 23). Wolfe delivers his fourth giant novel, this time about drugs, murder and immigration in Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

THE CASUAL VACANCY, by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown, Sept. 27). The creator of Harry Potter publishes her first novel for adults: the story of a sleepy town upset by the bid to replace a parish council member.

DEAR LIFE, by Alice Munro (Knopf, Nov. 13). The Canadian winner of the Booker International Prize returns to Lake Huron in new short stories.

THE END OF MEN: And the Rise of Women, by Hanna Rosin (Riverhead, Sept. 11). A Washington journalist describes the radical culture shift taking place as women pull ahead of men.

HALLUCINATIONS, by Oliver Sacks (Knopf, Nov. 6). Sacks, a physician and best-selling author, considers hallucinations culturally and scientifically.

’The Oath: The Obama White House v. the Supreme Court’ by Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday)

MIRROR EARTH: The Search for Our Planet’s Twin, by Michael D. Lemonick (Walker, Oct. 16). The author describes the race to find a planet like ours using the newest technology.

THE OATH: The Obama White House v. the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday, Sept. 18). Toobin explores the confrontational relationship between the Obama White House and Chief Justice John Roberts’s Supreme Court, and landmark cases on the docket.

TELEGRAPH AVENUE, by Michael Chabon (Harper, Sept. 11). The Pulitzer Prize winner’s new novel is about two men in California trying to preserve their neighborhood against gentrification and thereby save a beloved record shop.

THE TWELVE, by Justin Cronin (Ballantine, Oct. 16). The vampire “Passage” trilogy continues with Book II.

VOLCKER: The Triumph of Persistence, by William L. Silber (Bloomsbury, Sept. 4). Silber relies on interviews and access to Volcker’s personal papers to tell the story of the Fed chairman’s political and economic battles under five presidents.

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