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Make room on your nightstand (or Kindle). It’s going to be a good reading season.

So, you’ve heard that the book-publishing industry isn’t at its healthiest? Don’t count the old girl out yet. There’s still plenty of ink (both old-school and electronic) going into service. And though the energy at this year’s BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual convention, was somewhat subdued, there was no shortage of new titles being offered up for bookseller and media consideration. Here are some upcoming books we’re especially keen on.

Going Away Shoes

By Jill McCorkle
$20, Algonquin Books
Algonquin’s publisher, Elisabeth Scharlatt, is one of the most passionate book lovers in the business, and when she talks about Going Away Shoes, Jill McCorkle’s first short-story collection in eight years, she absolutely lights up. One of our favorite short-story writers, McCorkle delivers 11 new tales of love, strong characters, and down-and-dirty life. Her characters say and do the things you always want to say and do but don’t.

Juliet, Naked

By Nick Hornby
$26, Riverhead Books
Late September
British wonder Nick Hornby heads us back to the music world in his new novel, but on this go-around, instead of hanging out in a record shop with the men (well, boys) of High Fidelity, we’ll get to follow a 1980s rock star as he reluctantly deals with the rerelease of one of his albums. Perhaps Hugh Grant could play the lead in the sure-to-follow flick -- he was pitch-perfect in the movie adaptation of Hornby’s About a Boy.

Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, “The List,” and the Spirit of Southern Music

By Michael Streissguth
$24, Da Capo Press
Thirty-six years ago, “the Man in Black” gave his then 18-year-old daughter a list of what he thought were the 100 most important country songs that she should learn. Now, that daughter, Rosanne Cash, has completed a record based on the list. This is the story of the making of that album. Considering the sometimes-difficult relationship Rosanne had with her pop, and his legendary status in American music, this backstory should be one heck of a read.

Dorothea Lange: A Life beyond Limits

By Linda Gordon
$35, W. W. Norton & Company
Hearing the name Dorothea Lange probably immediately calls to mind her iconic 1930s dust-bowl photographs. Now, thanks to author Linda Gordon, we have a chance to get to know the woman behind the camera and to better understand how Lange’s life led to the images she created. Lange’s story is as riveting as the photographic tales she told. Huge bonus: The book includes more than 100 Lange images, some of which are being published for the first time.

Under the Dome

By Stephen King
$35, Scribner
Slow readers, beware: At more than 1,000 pages, Stephen King’s latest could serve as your entire fall/winter reading list. But really, would that be so bad? Under the Dome promises to be sprawling, classic King. The action takes place in Chester’s Mills, Maine, which, much to the townsfolk’s chagrin, has been captured under an invisible force field. The residents have to live out (or so they hope) a new take on the old Maine saying “You can’t get there from here.” Spooky.