Among the harbingers of fall are novels from mega-bestseller Mitch Albom, National Book Award—winner Alice McDermott and book club favorite Mark Haddon; searing political commentary from Frank Rich and Bill Gertz; and a memoir from Jonathan Franzen. On the children's side, Lemony Snicket nears the end of his Series of Unfortunate Events, while Secrets of the Alchemist Dar should send treasure hunters on a worldwide search for diamond rings.
SEPTEMBER 1*Disney's The Little Mermaid: Special Edition by Lara Bergen (Disney Press, $12.99). 300,000 copies.*In the Realm of the Never Fairies: The Secret World of Pixie Hollow by Monique Peterson (Disney Press, $18.99). 250,000 copies.*Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teen Life by Kim Cattrall (Little, Brown, $18.99). 150,000 copies.* *Can You See What I See?: Once Upon a Time by Walter Wick (Scholastic/Cartwheel, $13.99). 125,000 copies.*Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems (Hyperion, $16.99). 125,000 copies.* *Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, $15.99). 125,000 copies.*The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo (Orchard, $9.99). 125,000 copies.*Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi (Hyperion, $16.99). 100,000 copies.*New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown/Tingley, $17.99). 100,000 copies.*The Mistmantle Chronicles Book Two: Urchin and the Heartstone by M.I. McAllister (Hyperion/Miramax, $17.95). 100,000 copies.The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger (Ecco, $25.95). 50,000 copies.SEPTEMBER 4
On Becoming Fearless... in Love, Work, and Life by Arianna Huffington (Little, Brown, $19.99). 100,000 copies.
*A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins, $19.99). 500,000 copies.
*Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell (HarperCollins/ Cotler, $16.99). 500,000 copies.
The Confident Woman: Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear by Joyce Meyer (Warner/FaithWords, $22.99). 500,000 copies.
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer (Warner, $25.99). 350,000 copies.
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (Doubleday, $24.95). 250,000 copies.
Dark Angels by Karleen Koen (Crown, $25.95). 250,000 copies.
The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld (Holt, $26). 250,000 copies.
* After This by Alice McDermott (FSG, $24). 125,000 copies.
Dark Celebration: A Carpathian Reunion by Christine Feehan (Berkley, $23.95). 100,000 copies.
Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back by Amy Goodman and David Goodman (Hyperion, $23.95). 100,000 copies.
The Devil in the Junior League by Linda Francis Lee (St. Martin's, $22.95). 100,000 copies.
* The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History by Jonathan Franzen (FSG, $22). 100,000 copies.
Wake-Up Call: The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow by Kristen Breitweiser (Warner, $24.99). 100,000 copies.
*Hedgie Blasts Off by Jan Brett (Putnam, $16.99). 150,000 copies.
Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: And Other Words of Delicate Southern Wisdom by Celia Rivenbark (St. Martin's, $19.95). 100,000 copies.
*Uno's Garden by Graeme Base (Abrams, $19.95). 100,000 copies.
*Curious George Complete Adventures Deluxe Book and CD Gift Set by Margret and H.A. Rey (Houghton, $35). 250,000 copies.
*The New Adventures of Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey (Houghton, $10.99). 150,000 copies.
*Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer (Miramax, $16.95). 500,000 copies.
Inside My Heart: Choosing to Live with Passion and Purpose by Robin McGraw (Nelson, $24.99). 500,000 copies.
U2 by U2 (Morrow, $39.95). 350,000 copies.
Under Orders by Dick Francis (Putnam, $25.95). 192,000 copies.
*G Is for One Gzonk!: An Alpha-Number-Bet Book by Tony DiTerlizzi (S&S, $16.95). 200,000 copies.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (Crown, $24.95). 125,000 copies.
Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of the U.S. Troops and Their Families, edited by Andrew Carroll (Random, $26.95).
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, $24.95).
* Paint It Black by Janet Fitch (Little, Brown, $24.99). 250,000 copies.
The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God by Joe Eszterhas (St. Martin's, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
Faith and Politics: How the "Moral Values" Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together by Sen. John Danforth (Viking, $24.95). 250,000 copies.
* The Mission Song by John le Carré (Little, Brown, $26.99). 250,000 copies.
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris (S&S, $26). 225,000 copies.
Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. by William Sylvester Noonan, with Robert Huber (Viking, $25.95). 175,000 copies.
* *Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (HarperCollins, $16.99). 150,000 copies.
Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto (Harmony, $25.95). 100,000 copies.
Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets by Bill Gertz (Crown, $26.95). 100,000 copies.
Fear of the Dark by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown, $25.99). 100,000 copies.
Moral Disorder: Stories by Margaret Atwood (Doubleday/ Talese, $23.95). 75,000 copies.
When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton (Doubleday, $22.95). 75,000 copies.
*Best American Poetry 2006 by Billy Collins (Scribner, $30).
*The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth by Frank Rich (Penguin Press, $25.95).
The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West by Niall Ferguson (Penguin Press, $35).
Culture Warrior by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway, $26). 975,000 copies.
*Merry Christmas, Curious George by Cathy Hapka, illus. by Mary O'Keefe Young (Houghton Mifflin, $16). 200,000 copies.
For One More Day by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $21.95). 2.2 million copies.
*A Treasure's Trove: Secrets of the Alchemist Dar by Michael Stadther (Simon Scribbles/Treasure Trove, $21.99). 850,000 copies.
* *Mommy? by Arthur Yorinks and Maurice Sendak (Scholastic/di Capua, $24.95). 500,000 copies.
*Magic Tree House #36: Blizzard of the Blue Moon by Mary Pope Osborne, illus. by Sal Murdocca (Random, $11.95). 500,000 copies.
Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman (Bantam, $28). 250,000 copies.
*Queen of the Scene Book and CD by Queen Latifah, illus. by Frank Morrison. (HarperCollins/Geringer, $16.99). 150,000 copies.
*Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas by Mary Engelbreit (HarperCollins, $16.99). 150,000 copies.
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman (Morrow, $26.95). 150,000 copies.
*Thomas' Big Storybook by W. Rev Awdry (Random, $10.99). 150,000 copies.
Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers by Elizabeth Edwards (Broadway, $24.95). 125,000 copies.
*The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (Dial, $16.99). 100,000 copies.
*The Best Mouse Cookie by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins/
Geringer, $9.99). 100,000 copies.
*Return to Narnia by C.S. Lewis, illus. by Matthew Armstrong (HarperCollins, $16.99). 100,000 copies.
*Silent Night by Joseph Mohr, illus. by Thomas Kinkade (HarperCollins, $16.99). 100,000 copies.
*Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (HarperTempest, $16.99). 100,000 copies.
She Ain't the One by Carl Weber and Mary B. Morrison (Dafina, $24). 60,000 copies.
Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn (Del Rey, $25.95).
—with reporting by Raya Kuzyk
*= Children's titles* = PWstarred review