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2015 international fall preview

Scandinavian hits

Fredrik Backman My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and ApologisesAlready a number-one-selling title in Sweden, Fredrik Backman’s sophomore novel, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises (Hodder/Hachette U.K. Canada), follows a seven-year-old girl as she deals with the death of her quirky and beloved grandmother by following the woman’s letters, which lead her on an enriching adventure.

Pia Juul The Murder of Halland fall preview 2015Pia Juul’s The Murder of Halland, about a woman’s self-reflection in the wake of her husband’s murder, has already won Denmark’s most prestigious literary prize, Den Danske Banks litteraturpris, and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize. This English translation by Martin Aitken will appear in October from Coach House Books.

What’s cooking?

The pottymouthed L.A. Thug Kitchen duo is back after their number-one best-selling debut. Thug Kitchen Party Grub Guide: For Social Motherf*ckers is out in October with HarperCollins Canada.

Renowned Israeli chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi returns with Nopi: The Cookbook, containing dishes from London fine-dining restaurant Nopi. Appetite by Random House releases the cookbook, co-written by the restaurant’s head chef Ramael Scully, in October.

Former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl shares the comfort-food recipes that helped her bounce back from the unexpected shuttering of the magazine in fall 2009 in My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, publishing in September with Appetite by Random House.

Witches and workplaces

  • In summer 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” became the magazine’s most-read piece after it went viral. She expands on the topic of gender inequality in the workplace in Unfinished Business (Knopf Canada).
  • A feminist examination of the Salem witch trials, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and historian Stacy Schiff’s The Witches: Salem, 1692 appears in October from Little, Brown/Hachette.