Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story (Sept., $15.95) by Steve Wilson and Joe Florenski reveals a bizarre, prickly, hilarious persona. Advertising.
Midnight at the Palace: My Life as a Fabulous Cockette (Dec., $17.95) by Pam Tent is the story of the rise and fall of this performance troupe by one of its founding members. Advertising.
The Jennifer Lopez Story (Jan., $12.95) by Stacy Deanne goes behind the scenes to tell the story of this diva extraordinaire.
BLUE HEN BOOKS
Hotel Babylon: Inside the Extravagance and Mayhem of a Luxury Five-Star Hotel (Dec., $14) by Anonymous and Imogen Edwards-Jones exposes the lavish and scandalous lifestyles of the rich and famous in one luxury hotel.
The Book of Jon (Oct., $11.95) by Eleni Sikelianos. Letters, poems, journal entries and reminiscences are part of the author's loving portrait of her enigmatic, inspiring and drug-addicted father. Advertising. Author tour.
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS
Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard (Oct., $17) by Ron Padgett offers memories of the author's friendship with artist and writer Brainard. Advertising. Author tour.
JOHN DANIEL & COMPANY
Out of the Kitchen: Adventures of a Food Writer (Oct., $15) by Jeannette Ferrary. The New York Times food writer recounts her life and her impressions of Julia Child, Alice Waters, Craig Claiborne and others.
DOUGLAS & MCINTYRE
Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts (Sept., $14.95) by Ian Ferguson recalls moving to a poor, largely aboriginal community in northern Canada in 1959, where his family lived without plumbing, central heat or electricity.
Montana Folks (Oct., $19.95) by Durrae and John Johanek features essays about and interviews with 75 noteworthy Montanans.
GALLAUDET UNIV. PRESS
Dear Hearing Boy: A Memoir (Sept., $21.95) by R.H. Miller. The author, the oldest child of deaf adults, is caught in the middle of intergenerational family conflicts in the 1950s.
GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS
Too Much Tuscan Sun: Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide (Sept., $14.95) by Dario Castagno with Robert Rodi. An Italian amusingly recalls Americans trying to do American things against Italian tradition.
GRAPHIC ARTS CENTER
Portland Confidential: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Rose City (Sept., $15.95) by Phil Stanford looks at the years when Portland, Ore., was known as a hub of vice and sin.
Test of Will: One Man's Extraordinary Story of Survival (Sept., $14.95) by Warren MacDonald. An experienced hiker climbing Australia's Mount Bowen is pinned under a giant boulder.
Mr. Nasty: A Confession (Nov., $16.95) by Cameron White, a successful London drug dealer during the 1980s and '90s, falls afoul of notorious criminals and flees to North America.
HAUS (dist. by Trafalgar Square)
Trotsky (Oct., $17.95 each). Fall titles in the Life & Times series recount the stories of those who have shaped our present and past.
MFA PUBLICATIONS (dist. by D.A.P.)
Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell (Oct., $22.50) by Deborah Solomon follows the life of the reclusive inventor of the Cornell box, an artwork akin to a shadow box, usually containing found objects such as old photos and toy dolls.
Traveling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary (Oct.; $14.95, cloth $24.95) by Alberto Granado, trans. by Lucia Alvarez de Toledo, follows Guevara and Granado's eight-month tour of South America in 1952 and is the basis for the upcoming October film The Motorcycle Diaries.
NEW WORLD LIBRARY
Those Who Dare (Oct., $15.95) by Katherine Martin offers true stories of everyday heroes. 6-city author tour.
The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid Life of George Back, Franklin's Lieutenant (Sept., $15.95) by Peter Steele is a true adventure tale of 19th-century Arctic exploration and endurance.
SECOND STORY PRESS
Doris McCarthy: A Portrait of the Artist as An Old Woman (Sept., $29.95) by Doris McCarthy recalls one of Canada's living legends. Ad/promo.
STACY INTERNATIONAL (dist. by Interlink)
Gertrude Bell: A Biography (Nov., $29.95) by HVF Winstone recounts the life and times of the woman who was an adventurer, archeologist and Arabist.
For Bea: The Story of the Beagle Who Changed My Life (Sept., $9.95) by Kristin Von Kreisler. The author remembers her 15 years with her beagle, a refugee from an animal research laboratory.
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN/TERRACE BOOKS
The Tenement Saga: The Lower East Side and Early Jewish American Writers (Oct.; $15, cloth $45) by Sanford Sternlicht remembers a childhood in New York City's Lower East Side.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIV. PRESS
Texas Road Trip (Sept., $19.95) by Bryan Woolley collects essays by the Dallas Morning News columnist exploring the back roads and byways of Texas.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO PRESS
Exchange Is Not Robbery: More Stories of an African Bar Girl (Dec., $22.50) by John M. Chernoff continues the story of Hawa, a "bar girl" in Ghana and Togo, from Hustling Is Not Stealing.
UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO PRESS
Lost and Found: My Life in a Group Marriage Commune (Sept., $16.95) by Margaret Hollenbach reveals the torment, joy and anger when the author belonged to a commune known as the Family.
UTAH STATE UNIV. PRESS
Alaska's Daughter: An Eskimo Memoir of the Early Twentieth Century (Oct., $19.95) by Elizabeth Bernhardt Pinson. Traumas and adventures befall the author as she grows up in Alaska's north and observes the transition from traditional to modern life in the early 20th century.
Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless (Jan., $12.95) by Susan Jane Gilman offers a funny and poignant collection of true stories about coming-of-age that are about more than finding a guy. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.
Serving the Good and the Great (Nov., $12.99) by Violet Liddle, as told to Mary Batchelor. Stories about Churchill, Eisenhower, Lady Astor, George Bernard Shaw and others are told from the maid's perspective.