Amazon's Editorial Director and Senior Editors have released "The Big Books Fall Preview," a compilation of the new releases they're most excited about for the coming season.

Among the 18 selected titles are "Mortality," Christopher Hitchens's essay collection written while he was hospitalized for esophageal cancer, and "Sweet Tooth," Ian McEwan's post-Cold War espionage story.

Zadie Smith's "NW" and Junot Diaz's "This is How You Lose Her" are notable exclusions from the Amazon Book Editors Picks, as are Michael Chabon's "Telegraph Avenue," Martin Amis's "Lionel Asbo: The State of England" and J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy."

Regardless, this fall is a monumental season for book releases, and it can be easy to miss out or feel overwhelmed. Amazon's picks are one way to guide you on your book-selection endeavor. We'll have our own picks next month; in the meantime check out Amazon's suggestions:

CLARIFICATION: Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon and J.K. Rowling were excluded from the Amazon Book Editors Picks list, but were included in a separate list on the site titled the 10 Most Intriguing Books of Fall.

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  • "The Middlesteins" by Jami Attenberg

    "The Royal Tenenbaums as written by Jennifer Weiner? Sounds irresistible." -Sara Nelson, Editorial Director

  • "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan

    "Swinging London in the '60s. Spies and sex and moral ambiguity. Yum." -Sara Nelson, Editorial Director

  • "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe

    "Schwalbe talks books with his dying mother. He's lovely. She's brilliant." -Sara Nelson, Editorial Director

  • "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving" by Jonathan Evison

    "A hilarious, harrowing road trip from Kesey's spiritual heir." -Jon Foro, Senior Editor

  • "500 Days" by Kurt Eichenwald

    "500 thrilling pages on 500 decisive days that changed everything." -Jon Foro, Senior Editor

  • "Waging Heavy Peace" by Neil Young

    "The old man takes a look at his life." -Jon Foro, Senior Editor

  • "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb Perelman

    "Witty foodblog goddess shares simply luscious recipes, resplendent photos." -Mari Malcolm, Senior Editor

  • "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown

    "TED phenomenon Brown expounds on why the courage to be vulnerable changes everything." -Mari Malcolm, Senior Editor

  • "The Art Forger" by B.A. Shapiro

    The most absorbing story ever written about watching paint dry. -Mari Malcolm, Senior Editor

  • "In Sunlight and in Shadow" by Mark Helprin

    "Among the most lyrical, sweeping novelists I know." -Chris Schluep, Senior Editor

  • "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham

    Meacham. Jefferson. Enough said. -Chris Schluep, Senior Editor

  • "Mortality" by Christopher Hitchens

    "Funny, sad, penetrating, profound--he wrote to the very end." -Chris Schluep, Senior Editor

  • "Phantom" by Jo Nesbø

    "Harry Hole goes rogue in pursuit of a killer--and his own dark past." -Neal Thompson, Senior Editor

  • "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers

    "A captivating account of the uncommon bonds forged in war." -Neal Thompson, Senior Editor

  • "Live by Night" by Dennis Lehane

    "Boston cop's son becomes bootlegging gangster. I can't wait." -Neal Thompson, Senior Editor

  • "Days of Blood and Starlight" by Laini Taylor

    "In a haunting sequel to my favorite YA book of 2011, love and revenge go hand in hand." -Seira Wilson, Kids & Young Adult Books Editor

  • "Return to the Willows" by Jacqueline Kelly

    "Jacqueline Kelly's new Willows story reunites Ratty, Mole, and Toad--and does Grahame proud." -Seira Wilson, Kids & Young Adult Books Editor

  • "Llama Llama Time to Share" by Anna Dewdney

    A perfect story to teach the thorny lesson of sharing. -Seira Wilson, Kids & Young Adult Books Editor

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