Top Book Picks for Great Fall Reads from 'Good Morning America'

"Conversations with Myself," by Nelson Mandela

Mandela's highly-anticipated memoir is a collection of diaries, journals, and letters that the great leader kept during his early anti-apartheid struggles and during his 27-year-imprisonment. Inside are handwritten letters he wrote from Robben Island, which Kaplan says are particularly eye-opening. The release date is Oct. 11.

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"The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle," by Jane Leavy

Just in time for baseball's post-season is this new biography of Mickey Mantle. Writer Jane Leavy interviewed more than 500 sources to get to the heart of "the Mick's" life -- from the heights on the diamond to some of his lower moments. The book will be released Oct. 12.

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"The Woman I Was Born to Be: My Story," by Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle was a middle-aged woman from Scotland until a YouTube video surfaced of her audition for "Britain's Got Talent," stunning the world and earning her international fame. In her autobiography, she tells the story of her life and amazing transformation into a singing sensation. The book will be released Oct. 12.

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"The Grand Design," by Stephen Hawking

In his new book, the famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking tackles the ultimate meaning-of-life questions: why does the universe behave the way it does and why do we exist? Hawking and his co-author, physicist Leonard Mlodinow, argue that the universe didn't need divine inspiration to come into being.

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"Ape House," by Sara Gruen

"Ape House" envelops the reader in a unique world drawn from Gruen's own affinity for animals and in-depth research. The book centers on John Thigpen, a down-and-out journalist, and Isabel Duncan, a linguistic scientist working with a family of bonobo apes. After the apes are kidnapped from a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show calls into question our assumptions about these animals. The book tackles contemporary issues -- from our obsession with reality TV and our treatment of animals to the sacrifices we must sometimes make to do the right thing.

Gruen's "Water for Elephants" spent nearly two years on the New York Times best-seller list. The movie version, starring Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz and Robert Pattinson, is set to be released April 15, 2011.

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"Bad Blood," by John Sandford

"Bad Blood" is the fourth novel in the veteran police reporter turned Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist's popular Virgil Flowers series. It begins on a late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, when a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator and meets his untimely -- and bloody -- demise. The sheriff receives a report of the farmer's "accident," but has the sense and experience to be suspicious, and calls in Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers. When more deaths follow, Virgil finds himself up against a multi-generation, multifamily conspiracy beyond even his wildest imagination.

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