ACADEMY CHICAGO PRESS
Appalachian Mountain Girl: Coming of Age in Coal Mine Country (Oct., $16.95) by Rhoda Bailey Warren describes growing up during the Great Depression.
ALLEN UNWIN (dist. by IPG)
Bloodletting: A Memoir of Secrets, Self-Harm and Survival (Sept., $16.95) by Victoria Leatham examines a woman's desire to cut herself.
American Ghosts: A Memoir (Jan., $14) by David Plante. The noted novelist writes about growing up in a French-speaking Catholic parish in Providence, R.I.
BLUEBRIDGE (dist. by IPG)
The C.S. Lewis Chronicles: The Indispensable Biography of the Creator of Narnia Full of Little-Known Facts, Events and Miscellany (Sept., $14.95) by Colin Duriez adds to the author's mythos. 5-city author tour.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS (dist. by IPG)
I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie (Oct., $14.95) by Pamela Des Barres. This edition includes a new foreword by Dave Navarro.
Whole Lotta Led: Our Flight with Led Zeppelin (Sept., $15.95) by Ralph Hulett and Jerry Prochnicky delves beneath the rumors to tell the real story of this British band.
Oedipus Wrecked (Nov., $14.95) by Kevin Keck collects humorous stories about the author's sexual mishaps.
Yom Kippur à Go-Go: A Memoir (Nov., $14.95) by Matthue Roth follows a young Orthodox Jewish performance poet in San Francisco's Mission District.
COFFEE HOUSE PRESS
From Baghdad to Brooklyn: Growing Up in a Jewish-Arabic Family in Midcentury America (Oct., $16) by Jack Marshall. Poet Marshall recalls his personal and artistic awakening in New York's Arabic-speaking Sephardic Jewish community.
CRYSTAL CLARITY (dist. by NBN)
Autobiography of a Yogi (Oct., $14) by Paramhansa Yogananda brings back the original edition of this spiritual classic with added material.
IVAN R. DEE
Hemingway in 90Minutes, James Joyce in 90 Minutes and Virginia Woolf in 90 Minutes (Sept., $8.95 each) by Paul Strathern provide brief biographical studies.
Three Sisters, and Dozens of Cousins: A Book of Memoirs (Sept., $99.95) by Col. Jules M. Seletz, M.D., interweaves 150 years of international affairs with the development of Charleston, W.Va., and the descendants of immigrant Russian Jews.
The Scandal of Ulysses: The Life and Afterlife of a 20th Century Masterpiece (Dec., $27.95) by Bruce Arnold adds to the legend of Joyce's novel.
FARRAR, STRAUS GIROUX
Curzon: Imperial Statesman (Feb., $TBA) by David Gilmour looks at the controversial life of this complex man who left his mark on an era.
Dreiser's "Other Self": The Life of Arthur Henry (Sept., $17.95) by Maggie and Mark Walker. The friendship of a little-known writer and Theodore Dreiser influenced the work of both.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism (Sept., $15.95) by James M. Morris recounts the life of Charles E. Chapin, a founding figure of modern journalism who killed his wife and died in prison.
A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan (Sept., $15) by Nelofer Pazira. The Afghan star/director recalls life and friendship in his native land. Author publicity.
When Elephants Fly: One Woman's Journey from Wall Street to Zululand (Sept., $16.95) by Carol Batrus chronicles the author's sojourn in the African bush.
GALLAUDET UNIV. PRESS
Deaf Daughter, Hearing Father (Sept., $24.95) by Richard Medugno. A father writes about raising his hearing-impaired daughter.
Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles: An Accidental Memoir (Feb., $15) by Kate Braverman contrasts the social history of L.A. with the author's move to the Allegheny Mountains in the 1950s. Author tour.
Zappa: A Biography (Oct., $14) by Barry Miles examines the life of rebel artist and musical visionary Frank Zappa.
HAUS PUBLISHING (dist. by IPM)
Dostoevsky (Sept., $16.95) by Richard Freeborn looks at the writer and his literary legacy.
Wilde (Sept., $16.95) by Jonathan Fryer observes the life of the controversial author/playwright who became a Victorian bogeyman.
Surrounded by Reality: The Best of Doug Moe on Madison (Oct., $16.95) by Doug Moe. The newspaper columnist writes about Wisconsin's quirky capital city.
FRANCES LINCOLN (dist. by Antique Collectors' Club)
Round and About Chatsworth (Oct., $24.95) by the Duchess of Devonshire recounts facts and fables about the palace and estate of Chatsworth.
John Crow Speaks: Teaching of the Jamaican Elders (Sept., $16.95) by Chet Alexander. A young boy learns from an elder in the Maroon community of Jamaica.
L.A. Huffman: Photographer of the American West (Sept., $45) by Larry Len Peterson covers the life of the man who shot the plains Indians, the last of the buffalo herds and more.
The Cave of the Heart: The Story of Swami Abhishiktananda (Oct., $22) by Shirley du Boulay describes how a Catholic monk became a swami.
I Am Not Myself These Days (Feb., $14.95) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. A young New Yorker is an art director by day and a glittering drag queen by night. 30,000 first printing.
Above Us Only Sky: A Woman Looks Back, Ahead, and into the Mirror (Oct., $14.95) by Marion Winik. NPR commentator Winik faces midlife.
SOFT SKULL PRESS
Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir (Sept., $14) by Lisa Carver. A leading light of the generation that wanted to break every rule tells her story.
THUNDERS MOUTH PRESS
Grievous Angel: The Authorized Biography of Gram Parsons (Nov., $16.95) by Jessica Hundley with Polly Parsons. On the 30th anniversary of Parsons's death, Hundley and the musician's daughter look back on his life.
UNIV. OF ARKANSAS PRESS
Princesses' Street: Baghdad Memories (Oct.; $19.95, cloth $45) by Jabra Ibraham Jabra, trans. by Issa J. Boulatta, is the autobiography of the Palestinian writer in pre-Saddam Baghdad.
UNIV. OF MISSOURI PRESS
Shooting Polaris: A Personal Survey in the American West (Nov., $24.95) by John Hales recalls the summers when Hales worked as a government surveyor in the Utah desert.
UNIV. OF NEVADA PRESS
Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work (Sept., $18.95) by Linda M. Hasselstrom. The American nature writer delves into being both a rancher and an environmentalist.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS
My War at Home (Feb., $14) by Masuda Sultan speaks to younger Muslims who are struggling to reconcile being American and Muslim. 3-city author tour.
NEIL WILSON PRESS (dist. by Interlink)
My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress: An Irish Childhood in the 1960s (Sept., $15) by Christina McKenna offers a rite-of-passage account of two generations of impoverished Irish women.
Bad Dog!: A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places (Sept., $15.95) by Lin Jensen. A Zen master chronicles his long and difficult path to inner peace.
YALE UNIV. PRESS
William Sloane Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience (Nov., $20) by Warren Goldstein studies the life of one of modern America's most controversial and influential religious figures.