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Here's the complete list of the September/October Book Sense 76 to give you a heads up for planning and ordering. Watch future coverage in BTW for the complete list with booksellers’ quotes.

1. THE LAST GIRLS, by Lee Smith (Algonquin, $24.95, 1565123638; in stores Sept. 17) Also Highbridge Audio (1565117018; CD, 1565117026)

2. MIDDLESEX, by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, $27, 0374199698; Sept. 4) Also Audio Renaissance (1559277807)

3. RAISING BLAZE: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World, by Debra Ginsberg (HarperCollins, $23.95, 0060004320; August)

4. THE HEAVEN OF MERCURY, by Brad Watson (Norton, $23.95, 0393047571; August)

5. CLOUD OF SPARROWS, by Takashi Matsuoka (Delacorte, $24.95, 0385336403; Oct. 1) Also a Random House Audio CD (0553713906)

6. THE FRUIT OF STONE, by Mark Spragg (Riverhead, $24.95, 1573222232; Aug.) Also a Highbridge Audio (1565117085; CD, 1565117093)

7. THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, by Michael Faber (Harcourt, $26, 015100692X; Sept.)

8. BLOOD OF VICTORY, by Alan Furst (Random House, $24.95, 0375505741; Aug. 27)

9. THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS, by Paul Auster (Henry Holt, $24, 0805054081; Sept.) Also a HarperAudio Unabridged (0060511893)

10. ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR: Book One of the Tales of the Otori, by Lian Hearn (Riverhead, $24.95, 1573222259; Sept.) Also a HighBridge Audio (1565117107)

Great Nonfiction, Now in Paperback

BORROWED FINERY: A Memoir, by Paula Fox (Owl, $12, 0805071849; Sept. 2)

FRAUD: Essays, by David Rakoff (Broadway, $12.95, 0767906314)

I THOUGHT MY FATHER WAS GOD: And Other True Tales from NPR’s National Story Project, edited by Paul Auster (Picador, $15, 0312421001; Sept. 7)

IF YOU CAN’T BE FREE, BE A MYSTERY: In Search of Billie Holiday, by Farah Jasmine Griffin (One World/Ballantine, $13, 0345449738)

IN SEARCH OF CAPTAIN ZERO: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road, by Allan C. Weisbecker (Tarcher, $14.95, 1585421774; Sept.)

LIMBO: A Memoir, by A. Manette Ansay (Perennial, $12.95, 0380732874; Sept. 17)

LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by Peter Jenkins (Griffin, $14.95, 0312302894; Sept. 14)

MAMMOTH: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant, by Richard Stone (Perseus, $15, 0738207756; Sept. 18)

THE MUMMY CONGRESS: Science, Obsession and the Everlasting Dead, by Heather Pringle (Theia/Hyperion, $13.95, 0786884630)

SAVAGE BEAUTY: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, by Nancy Milford (Random House, $14.95, 0375760814; Sept. 10)

New Nonfiction in Hardcover

BLUE LATITUDES: Going Boldly Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, by Tony Horwitz (Holt, $26, 0805065415; Sept. 24) Also a HarperAudio (069452350X)

THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World, by Ken Alder (Free Press, $27, 074321675X; Sept. 24)

THE PIRATE HUNTER: The True Story of Captain Kidd, by Richard Zacks (Hyperion/Theia, $25.95, 0786865334)

THE TRIALS OF LENNY BRUCE: The Fall and Rise of an American Icon, by Ronald Collins and David Skover (Sourcebooks, $29.95 w/CD, 1570719861; Sept.)

For Word Lovers

THE POCKET MUSE: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing, by Monica Wood (Writer's Digest Books, $19.99, 1582971420)

WORD FREAK: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble, by Stefan Fatsis (Penguin, $14 paper, 0142002267)

New Fiction in Hardcover

See also the First Novelists section that follows this one.

THE BLUE SHOE, by Anne Lamott (Riverhead, $24.95, 1573222267; Sept. 30) Also a Brilliance Audio (1590863534)

CASA ROSSA, by Francesca Marciano (Pantheon, $25, 0375421238; Aug. 20)

COASTLINERS, by Joanne Harris (Morrow, $24.95, 0060198125; Sept.) Also a HarperAudio (0060517832)

DO NO HARM, by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz (William Morrow, $24.95, 0060008865; Aug.)

FAMILY MATTERS, by Rohinton Mistry (Knopf, $26, 0375403736; Sept. 17)

THE HALF-MAMMALS OF DIXIE, by George Singleton (Algonquin, $22.95, 1565123549; Aug.)

IN THE RIVER SWEET, by Patricia Henley (Pantheon, $24, 0375421270; Sept. 17)

JULY, JULY, by Tim O'Brien (Houghton Mifflin, $26, 0618039694; Sept.)

LULLABY, by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday, $24.95, 0385504470; Sept. 17)

NOWHERE MAN, by Aleksandar Hemon (Nan Talese/ Doubleday, $23.95, 0385499248; Sept.)

QUIETUS, by Vivian Schilling (Hannover House, $24.95, 0963784617)

SEA ROOM, by Norman Gautreau (McAdam/Cage, $25, 1931561079)

THE STAGGERFORD FLOOD, by Jon Hassler (Viking, $24.95, 0670031259; Sept.)

THE STORY OF LUCY GAULT, by William Trevor (Viking, $24.95, 0670031542; Sept. 30)

THE SUNDAY WIFE, by Cassandra King (Hyperion, $23.95, 0786869054; Sept.) Also a TimeWarner Audio (1401396631)

THE TEA ROSE, by Jennifer Donnelly (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, $24.95, 0312288352; Sept. 4)

THE TRANSPLANTED MAN, by Sanjay Nigam (Morrow, $24.95, 0688168191)

VERSAILLES, by Kathryn Davis (Houghton Mifflin, $21, 0618221360; Aug. 20)

A Spotlight on Debut Fiction

AND MY SHOES KEEP WALKING BACK TO YOU, by Kathi Kamen Goldmark (Chronicle, $22.95, 0811834956; Oct.)

HALF IN LOVE, by Maile Meloy (Scribner, $23, 0743216474)

HIMALAYAN DHABA, by Craig Joseph Danner (Dutton, $23.95, 052594690X)

THE LAST GOOD CHANCE, by Tom Barbash (Picador, $24, 0312287968; Sept.)

THE PIANO TUNER, by Daniel Mason (Knopf, $24, 0375414657; Sept. 17) Also a Random House Audio (CD, 0739302027)

THE SECOND COMING OF LUCY HATCH, by Marsha Moyer (Morrow, $24.95, 0060081651; Aug.)

AN UNCLEAN ACT, by Dean Burgess (Permanent Press, $26, 1579620469)

WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE, by Julie Otsuka (Knopf, $18, 0375414290; Sept. 3)

New Fiction in Paperback


The Top Ten Paperbacks for September/October:

(These will be featured on a special 76 Top Ten pad of their own, also out in Sept.)

PEACE LIKE A RIVER, by Leif Enger; CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen; ELLA MINNOW PEA, by Mark Dunn; FALLING ANGELS, by Tracy Chevalier; SHOOTING DR. JACK, by Norman Green; AVA’S MAN, by Rick Bragg; SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM: New and Selected Poems, by Billy Collins; THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES, by Elizabeth Redfern; BLUE DIARY, by Alice Hoffman; and, THE GRAND COMPLICATION, by Allen Kurzweil.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, by John Colapinto (Perennial, $12.95, 0060932171; Aug.)

THE ARCHER'S TALE, by Bernard Cornwell (HarperMass, $7.99, 0060505257; Sept.)

AUSTERLITZ, by W.G. Sebald (Modern Library, $13.95, 0375756566; Sept. 3)

BOOK OF FRED, by Abby Bardi (Washington Square Press, $13, 0743411943; Sept.)

BREAD ALONE, by Judith Ryan Hendricks (Perennial, $13.95, 0060084405; May)

CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL, by Glen David Gold (Hyperion, $14.95, 0786886323; Sept. 18)

THE CHEESE MONKEYS, by Chip Kidd (Perennial, $13.95, 0060507403; Sept. 3)

THE DEATH OF SWEET MISTER, by Dan Woodrell (Plume, $13, 0452283302)

THE DISTANT LAND OF MY FATHER, by Bo Caldwell (Harvest, $14, 0156027135; Sept.)

EMBERS, by Sandor Marai (Vintage, $12, 0375707425; Aug.)

EX LIBRIS, by Ross King (Penguin, $13, 0142000809)

I CANNOT TELL A LIE, EXACTLY, by Mary Ladd Gavell (Random House, $12.95, 0375758224; Sept. 10)

LOST, by Gregory Maguire (Regan Books. $14.95, 0060988649; Sept. 17)

LOVE AMONG THE RUINS, by Robert Clark (Vintage, $13, 1400030307; Aug.)

MARTIN SLOANE, by Michael Redhill (Back Bay, $13.95, 0316739367)

MY NAME IS RED, by Orhan Patuk (Vintage, $14.95, 0375706852; Sept.)

POWDER, by Kevin Sampson (Cannongate, $15, 1841953717; Sept.)

REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST: Combray, by Marcel Proust; adapted into a graphic novel by Stephane Heuet (NBM, $13.95, 1561632899)

SALEM FALLS, by Jodi Picoult (Washington Square Press, $14, 0743418719; Aug.)

THE WORLD BELOW, by Sue Miller (Ballantine, $13.95, 0345440765; Aug. 27)

Poetry and Spirituality in Several Forms

Don’t miss Billy Collins’ collection, listed on the Top Ten Paperback list at

CANTICLE OF THE EARTH: The Words of Francis of Assisi, celebrated in the photography of David and Marc Muench (Sorin, $15.95 paper, 1893732452)

SAN FRANCISCO POEMS, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (City Lights, $9.95 paper, 1931404011)

THE SOUL OF RUMI: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems, translated by Coleman Barks (HarperSanFrancisco, $16.95 paper, 0060604522; Sept.)

THE TAO OF ELVIS, by David Rosen (Harvest, $12 paper, 0156007371)