▪ “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel,” by David Lagercrantz (Knopf, Sept. 1)
Lisbeth lives … on!
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The main characters of Stieg Larsson’s gripping trilogy, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, return in this thriller. Larsson died suddenly of a heart attack after his books — “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” — came out, and publishers turned to David Lagercrantz, a Swedish journalist and author, to continue Lisbeth’s story.
▪ “Purity,” by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept. 1)
All the trappings of modern life are captured in this novel: Pip Tyler, whose real name is Purity, has to deal with student debt, the fact she doesn’t know who her father is and other secrets.
▪ “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” by Salman Rushdie (Random House, Sept. 8)
A fantastical and metaphorical tale about the jinn — creatures who live in a world separated from yet connected to ours — and what happens when humans and jinn have to engage.
▪ “Under the Udala Trees,” by Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sept. 22)
Nigerian-born Chinelo Okparanta charmed the literary world with her 2013 short story collection, “Happiness, Like Water,” which won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. Her debut novel is set in her home country, against the backdrop of the Nigerian civil war. In the midst of that, two girls from different ethnic communities fall in love.
▪ “The Early Stories of Truman Capote” (Random House, Oct. 27)
Before “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood,” there was a young Truman Capote writing stories. These pieces, discovered in the archives of the New York Public Library, are by a teenaged Capote, if you can imagine such a thing.
▪ “Numero Zero,” by Umberto Eco (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov. 3)
Umberto Eco, author of “The Name of the Rose,” presents this novel set in 1992 that foreshadows the scandal, politics and faulty journalism of the next 20 years. Translated by Richard Dixon.
Joyce Carol Oates growing up on a farm, reading “Alice in Wonderland,” bonding with a special red hen — that and more is revealed in this candid memoir by the author of “A Widow’s Story.” Readers will likely have a new appreciation for their own memories once they read how Oates perceives hers.
▪ “M Train,” by Patti Smith (Knopf, Oct. 6)
Patti Smith has described this memoir as “a roadmap to my life.” Smith reveals her haunts — a tiny Greenwich Village cafe — her dreams and her emotions.
Photographer Brandon Stanton started a blog, “Humans of New York,” to document the faces of the city that doesn’t sleep. He turned the popular blog posts (12 million followers) into a best-selling book in 2013, “Humans of New York.” Now, Stanton is following up with “Stories,” which has new people and longer, captivating stories.
▪ “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States,” by Sarah Vowell (Riverhead Books, Oct. 20)
If you ever wanted an insightful and entertaining look at the friendship between George Washington and his French aristocrat general Marquis de Lafayette, this book by Sarah Vowell — author of “Assassination Vacation” and “The Partly Cloudy Patriot” — should be on your list.
Books, talks and lectures
Jonathan Franzen for “Purity,” Sept. 16, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
Garth Stein for “A Sudden Light,” Sept. 21, Rainy Day Books. RainyDayBooks.com
Jim Butcher for “The Aeronaut’s Windlass,” Sept. 29, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
Ruth Reichl for “My Kitchen Year,” Oct. 3, Webster House Restaurant. RainyDayBooks.com
Richard Dawkins for “Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science,” Oct. 8, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
Jack Danforth for “The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics,” Oct. 14, Village Presbyterian Church. RainyDayBooks.com
Geraldine Brooks for “The Secret Chord,” Oct. 26, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
David Mitchell for “Slade House,” Nov. 6, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
T.J. Stiles for “Custer’s Trials: A New Life on the Frontier of a New America,” Nov. 9, Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch. KCLibrary.org or RainyDayBooks.com
Chelsea Clinton for “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” Nov. 10, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
Ted Koppel for “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath,” Nov. 11, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
B.A. Shapiro for “The Muralist,” Nov. 12, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
Gloria Steinem for “My Life on the Road,” Nov. 15, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com
Jon Meacham for “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” Nov. 18, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com