Mandela: The Authorized Portrait (Oct., $50), edited by Mac Maharaj and Ahmed Kathrada, foreword by Bill Clinton, collects interviews with family members and colleagues and 250 images from the Nelson Mandela archive.
ANTIQUE COLLECTORS' CLUB
The Brontës at Haworth ($35) by Ann Dinsdale, photos by Simon Warner, illuminates the locale where the sisters wrote many of their memorable works.
In My Skin (Nov., $25) by Kate Holden depicts one woman's struggle with heroin and the road to recovery.
The Last Explorer: Hero of the Great Age of Polar Exploration (Sept., $27.50) by Simon Nasht chronicles the exploits of Hubert Wilkins, an early 20th-century adventurer.
Project Success: The Right Thing for the Right Reason (Sept., $39.95) by Sheila P. Moses delves into the missions of "100 Black Men of Atlanta" and Project Success. Ad/promo.
Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism (Sept., $22.95) by Cindy Sheehan recounts one mother's decision to transform her grief into a major antiwar protest.
The Secret Life of Houdini (Oct., $27.95) by William Kalush and Larry Sloman traces Houdini's rise from struggling magician to icon-and his role as a secret agent.
The Fifth Quarter ($24.95) by Jerry Rice puts forth inspiring strategies and philosophies from the Super Bowl champion.
BASIC CIVITAS BOOKS
Being Sugar Ray: Sugar Ray Robinson, America's Greatest Boxer and Celebrity Athlete (Feb., $25) by Kenneth L. Shropshire celebrates the sports icon.
Defining Moments: Stories of Character, Courage, and Leadership (Sept., $25.95) by Gordon Zacks delineates the decisions and actions of the great leaders he has known. 50,000 first printing.
Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat (Sept., $19.95) by Caroline Burau chronicles the experiences of a novice 911 operator.
BROADMAN & HOLMAN
Pat Boone's America: A Pop Culture Treasury from the Last Fifty Years (Nov., $24.99) by Pat Boone with Donny York features recollections and photos.
Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers (Sept., $24.95) by Elizabeth Edwards. The wife of the 2004 Democratic v-p candidate emphasizes the importance of community during difficult times.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (Oct., $25) by Bill Bryson recreates the day-to-day misadventures of growing up in the 1950s.
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks (Oct., $23.95) by Ed Viesturs. The only American to have reached these summits without bottled oxygen shares his memories.
Cary Grant (Sept., $35) by Richard Torregrossa, foreword by Giorgio Armani, celebrates this Hollywood paragon of sartorial splendor.
CAMBRIDGE UNIV. PRESS
Ho Chi Minh: From Revolutionary to Icon (Feb., $35) by Pierre Brocheux recalls the life of the prominent Vietnamese leader.
CARROLL & GRAF
Just One More Thing (Sept., $25.95) by Peter Falk shares inside stories from the actor who made Lt. Columbo a household name.
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The Life and Times of William Shakespeare (Sept., $50) by Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel reveals the Bard's involvement in the politics of Elizabeth I and James I.
CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever (Sept., $24.95) by Josh Karp captures the life and times of the National Lampoon founder.
CLEVELAND CLINIC PRESS/CRILE BOOKS
Heroes with a Thousand Faces: Real Stories of People with Facial Deformities & Their Quest for Acceptance (Oct., $24.95) by Laura Greenwald collects stories of people trying to overcome disfigurements.
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children (Sept., $25.95) by John Wood tells the story of the Microsoft executive who developed the nonprofit organization Room to Read. 100,000 first printing. Author tour.
COLUMBIA UNIV. PRESS
Edwin Arlington Robinson (Feb., $34.95) by Scott Donaldson connects the poet's life with his work. 8-city author tour.
Naked in the Marketplace: The Lives of George Sand (Nov., $25) by Benita Eisler traces the life of the 19th-century personality. Author publicity.
The House of Hilton: From Conrad to Paris-A Drama of Wealth, Power, and Privilege (Nov., $24.95) by Jerry Oppenheimer moves from the world of elite hostelries to the world of, er, less elite media darlings.
Generous Women: An Appreciation (Oct., $22.95) by Earl Hamner pays homage to the many kind women in the writer/TV producer's life.
DA CAPO PRESS
Johnny Cash: The Biography (Sept., $26) by Michael Streissguth remembers the music legend.
DUKE UNIV. PRESS
Half-Life of a Zealot (Nov., $29.95) by Swanee Hunt narrates her life as an heiress, philanthropist and former ambassador to Austria. Author tour.
Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties (Jan., $25.95) by Robert Stone evokes the radical decade throughout the country.
FABER & FABER
Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love (Nov., $30) by Courtney Love recounts the turbulent life of the rock icon; includes never-before-seen photographs. 100,000 first printing.$100,000 ad/promo.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History (Sept., $22) by Jonathan Franzen ponders the author's strange and difficult Midwestern youth and New York adulthood. 100,000 first printing. BOMC and QPB selections.
FEMINIST PRESS AT CUNY
Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival (Sept., $23.95) by Fadumo Korn with Sabine Eichhorst, trans. by Tobe Levin, articulates the life of the international spokesperson against female genital mutilation.
Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir of an Extraordinary Mind (Jan., $26) by David Tammet. An autistic savant tells his extraordinary story. Author publicity. Ad/promo.
In the Line of Fire: A Memoir (Sept., $27) by Pervez Musharraf shares his life and career as the Pakistani president. Author publicity. Ad/promo.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
Combat Reporter: Don Whitehead's World War II Diary and Memoirs (Sept., $26), edited by John B. Romeiser, draws on Whitehead's words to evoke eight months of brutal combat.
Ezekiel's Vision (Oct., $21.95) by Fred Snyder animates the controversy of Jewish continuity. $20,000 ad/promo.
GLOBE PEQUOT/TWO DOT
The Young Duke: The Early Life of John Wayne (Oct., $22.95) by Howard Kazanjian and Chris Enss offers an unflinching look at the icon's early years informed by cooperation with the Wayne family.
I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers (Aug., $20) by Tim Madigan charts the relationship between the author and the beloved TV personality.
Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley (Sept., $26) by Jerry Schilling with Chuck Crisafulli explores the deep bond between the author and the King.
The Joke's Over: Ralph Steadman on Hunter S. Thompson (Oct., $26) by Ralph Steadman scrutinizes the gonzo years. 50,000 first printing.
I Have Heard You Calling in the Night (Oct., $22) by Thomas Healy traces the lifesaving bond between the down-and-out author and a Doberman pinscher pup.
Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn (Sept., $25.95) by Donald Spoto goes beyond the glamorous side of the actress's life. 100,000 first printing.
Jimmy Stewart: A Biography (Oct., $24.95) by Marc Eliot explores the private life of the smalltown boy who became a beloved actor. 80,000 first printing.
There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say (Dec., $24) by Paula Poundstone dissects her comedic career. 80,000 first printing.
The Lost (Sept., $27.95) by Daniel Mendelsohn traces his family's WWII past. 100,000 first printing.
At the Center of the Storm (Feb., $25.95) by George Tenet delineates his powerful role as long-serving CIA director. 300,000 first printing.
Muhammad (Oct., $21.95) by Karen Armstrong sheds light on many misconceptions in narrating the life of the Islamic prophet.
Mindfreak (Sept., $24.95)) by Chris Angel. The illusionist takes readers behind the scenes of his popular A&E show. 50,000 first printing.
U2 by U2 (Oct., $39.95) by U2 and Neil McCormick contains never-before-seen photos in this first official book written by the band. 350,000 first printing.
Touchdown Alexander: My Story of Faith, Football, and Pursuing the Dream (Sept., $22.99) by Shaun Alexander. The Seattle Seahawks running back and 2005 NFL MVP recounts how God first gave him the dream of these achievements.
Georges Simenon: Maigret and the 'romans durs' (Sept., $24.95) by Lucille Beckers relates the ways in which the French author's fiction reflected his own life.
Not Skinny, Not Blonde: Making the Most of What You've Got (Jan., $24.95) by Monique Marvez prescribes laughter as the cure for hard times. 100,000 first printing.
Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn(Nov., $30) by William J. Mann considers the woman behind the often controversial public image.
Easter Rising (Sept., $24) by Michael Patrick MacDonald uncovers the author's traumatic past in Boston's Irish-American ghetto. 50,000 first printing.
Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man (Nov., $35) by Dale Peterson showcases the scientist and her remarkable accomplishments in the study of primates. 35,000 first printing.
Love You, Mean It: A True Story (Sept., $23.95) by Patricia Carrington et al. recounts the experiences of four 9/11 widows and how their friendship has pulled them through. 75,000 first printing. LG, DBC Selection.
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This (Sept., $23.95) by Bob Newhart shares stories, anecdotes and hilarious observations from the actor/comedian's life. 200,000 first printing. Simultaneous leather-bound edition by Easton Press.
Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell(Oct., $28.95) by Karen DeYoung considers the life of the controversial secretary of state. 200,000 first printing.
MERCER UNIV. PRESS
Career in Crisis: Paul "Bear" Bryant and the 1971 Season of Change (Sept., $29.95) by John David Briley investigates the season in which integration altered the University of Alabama football team.
Grace Will Lead Me Home (Jan., $23.95) by Robin Givens recalls her abusive marriage to boxer Mike Tyson and her struggle for survival.
All American (Jan., $25.95) by Robert McGovern explores his life as an NFL star turned prosecuting attorney for the military working on major terrorism-related cases. 100,000 first printing.
Inside My Heart: Choosing to Live with Passion and Purpose (Sept., $24.99) by Robin McGraw encourages women to lead well-rounded lives of satisfaction. 500,000 first printing.
NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY
The Palace Diaries: The True Story of Life Behind the Palace Gates (Oct., $24.95) by Sarah Goodall and Nicholas Monson reports on the backstage shenanigans of the British royal establishment.
The Way It Wasn't (Nov; $35.95, paper $15.95) by James Laughlin, edited by Barbara Epler and Daniel Javitch, introduces the man who defined 20th-century modernism.
Walking After Midnight: One Woman's Journey Through Murder, Justice, and Forgiveness (Oct., $24.95) by Katy Hutchison examines restorative justice through the author's experience with her late husband's killer.
iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way (Sept., $25.95) by Steve Wozniak with Gina Smith recalls the invention of the personal computer. 7-city author tour.
Let There Be Rock: Story of AC/DC (Oct., $22.95) by Susan Masino illustrates the rise of one of history's great rock bands.
Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the Purpose of American Psychology (Oct., $29.95) by George Prochnik explores the friendship between the two thinkers.
Toussaint Louverture: A Biography (Jan., $27) by Madison Smartt Bell sheds light on the mysterious figure of the Haitian revolution.
Andrew Carnegie (Oct., $35) by David Nasaw draws on material not previously available, to chronicle the life of the iconic titan.
Eric Bischoff: Controversy Creates Cash (Oct., $19.95) by Eric Bischoff. The former WCW president looks at the highs and lows of his tumultuous career.
The Meinertzhagen Mystery: The English Spy Who Didn't Kill Hitler (Nov., $27.50) by Brian Garfield. The tall tales told by the chief of British intelligence in East Africa during WWI prompted Ian Fleming to use him as a model for James Bond.
Voices from the Mountains: 40 True-Life Stories of Unforgettable Adventure, Drama, and Human Endurance (Nov., $26.95) by Steven Venables gathers narratives of adventurers who have scaled the world's most challenging mountains.
The Confession (Oct., $26.95) by James McGreevey. The former New Jersey governor, who resigned with the words "I am a gay American," tells his story. Author tour.
Lessons in Becoming Myself (Oct., $25.95) by Ellen Burstyn recounts her troubling Detroit childhood and her rise as a performer. Author tour. Ad/promo.
Strange Son (Dec., 24.95) by Portia Iverson tells of two mothers from opposite sides of the world whose united work with their autistic sons led to breakthrough discoveries.
Outside the Box (Sept., $25.95) by Lynn Sherr shares her story as one of the first women to break through gender barriers in broadcast television.
ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters (Oct., $24.95) by Sasha Su-Ling Welland charts the lives of two Chinese siblings, a writer and a doctor, who followed different paths in their 20th-century lives.
Smack: My Crimes and Punishments (Jan., $27.95) by Leroy "Nicky" Barnes studies the East Coast's most powerful heroin cartel.
Bunny Tales: My Two Years Inside the Playboy Mansion (Sept., $24) by Izabella St. James unveils stories from her stint as one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends.
Emma Lazarus (Sept., $21.95) by Esther Schor provides another dimension of the writer's life through personal letters discovered in the 1980s. A Jewish Encounters title.
SEVEN STORIES PRESS
Camelia: A Memoir (Oct., $24.95) by Camelia Entekhabi-Fard details her experience as an Iranian journalist imprisoned for controversial reporting.
Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa (Oct., $24.95) by Diana J. Mukpo with Carolyn Rose Gimian describes her life with the legendary Buddhist teacher. 25,000 first printing.
SHOEMAKER & HOARD
Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man (Oct., $35) by Barbara Reynolds analyzes the poet in the context of his culture and society.
SIMON SPOTLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Sweet Relief: The Marla Ruzicka Story (Oct., $24.95) by Jennifer Abrahamson tells the story of a young woman who lost her life in Iraq helping civilians victimized by war.
Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography (Oct., $24.99) by Sharon Osbourne offers a candid look at the actress's tumultuous life. 250,000 first printing.
Sexual Pensées (Sept., $13.95) by Bruce Jay Friedman, illustrations by André Barber, addresses how men and women think, feel and behave about sex.
STEWART, TABORI & CHANG
Things to Bring, S#!T to Do... and Other Inventories of Anxiety: My Life in Lists (Sept., $18.95) by Karen Rizzo creates a memoir consisting of real lists from the author's life.
ST. MARTIN'S/THOMAS DUNNE
Bring It On (Jan., $24.95) by Terry McAuliffe presents a political memoir from the former DNC head. 200,000 first printing.
One Train Later (Oct., $24.95) by Andy Summers is a memoir from the guitarist for the Police. 100,000 first printing.
SYRACUSE UNIV. PRESS
Something Must Be Done: One Black Woman's Story (Sept., $16.95) by Peggy Wood with Parker Brown considers middle-class black family life in the mid-20th century.
Catching the Big Fish (Dec., $18.95) by David Lynch offers glimpses into Lynch's groundbreaking films and TV works.
My Year in Radical Islam (Feb., $24.95) by Daveed Gartenstein-Roth reveals what it was like working for a charity supporting the Islamic faction that inspired al-Qaeda.
TAYLOR TRADE PUBLISHING
Love You, Daddy Boy: Daughters Honor the Fathers They Love (Oct., $19.95), edited by Karyn McLaughlin Frist, compiles notable women's stories of the bonds they shared with their fathers.
G.K. Chesterton (Oct., $29.95) by Stephen R.L. Clark studies the writer's works and his role in developing science fiction.
Closure: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Recovery Mission (Sept., $25) by William Keegan with Bart Davis recounts the sacrifices made by the Port Authority Police Department on September 11.
Wellington: The Maras, the Giants, and the City of New York (Sept., $24.95) by Carlo Devito tells the story of the late owner of the New York Giants.
The Goldfish Went on Vacation: A Memoir of Loss (and Learning to Tell the Truth About It) (Jan., $18.95) by Patty Dann explains how she prepared herself and her son for her husband's death. 35,000 first printing.
UNIV. OF ARIZONA PRESS
Senator Dennis DeConcini: From the Center of the Aisle (Oct., $29.95) by Dennis DeConcini and Jack L. August Jr. provides a glimpse inside the U.S. Senate.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO PRESS
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography (Oct., $30) by Piero Melograni recounts the composer's life.
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN PRESS
Warm Up the Snake: A Hollywood Memoir (Oct., $29.95) by John Rich tours the director, writer and producer's illustrious career.
UNIV. OF MISSOURI PRESS
Good-bye to the Mermaids: A Childhood Lost in Hitler's Berlin (Oct., $29.95) by Karin Finell portrays the devastation of war seen through a child's eyes.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
John Tyler, the Accidental President (Oct., $37.50) by Edward P. Crapol dismantles the misconceptions of the country's 10th president.
UNIV. OF NOTRE DAME PRESS
In Lubianka's Shadow: The Memoirs of an American Priest in Stalin's Moscow, 1934-1945 (Oct., $35) by Leopold L.S. Braun chronicles the years he served as pastor of the only Catholic Church in Stalin's Moscow.
UNIV. OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS
From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Economic Justice (Dec., $39.95) by Thomas F. Jackson focuses on King's nonviolent challenge to inequality.
UNIV. OF TEXAS PRESS
House of Plenty: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Luby's Cafeterias (Sept., $21) by Carol Dawson and Carol Johnston dishes details about the famed cafeteria empire.
UNIV. OF UTAH PRESS
Journey of an American Pianist (Dec., $29.95) by Grant Johannesen is a memoir of the renowned pianist penned shortly before his death in 2005.
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN PRESS
Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa (Sept., $24.95) by Rigoberto González weaves a unique story of coming out.
UNIV. PRESS OF FLORIDA
Ballet, Life, and Love (Sept., $34.95) by Irina Baronova explores her life as a ballet sensation.
Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption (Sept., $25.95) by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham chronicles Bill Moyers's son's battle with addiction.
Diana (Oct., $25.95) by Sarah Bradford delivers the truth about the Princess of Wales.
Forever Young: Growing Up with John F. Kennedy, Jr. (Sept., $25.95) by William Sylvester Noonan with Robert Huber uncovers the private J.F.K. Jr. through the eyes of a boyhood friend.
Paula Abdul: All the Right Moves (Sept., $26.95) by Paula Abdul sets the record straight on the rumors surrounding her. 100,000 first printing.
I'll Tell You What a Redneck Woman Is (Nov., $23.95) by Gretchen Wilson with Allen Rucker divulges her rags-to-riches transformation from poor rural girl to country music sensation.
My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H.W. Bush ($29.99) by Doro Bush Koch reflects on her father and studies how he confronted presidential challenges.
Wake-Up Call: The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow ($24.99) by Kristen Breitweiser inspires with her decision to transform grief into 9/11 activism.
WATSON-GUPTILL/BACK STAGE BOOKS
How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years: A Memoir (Nov., $24.95) by Kaye Ballard with Jim Hesselman offers the skinny on this celebrated performer.
WESLEYAN UNIV. PRESS
In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir (Oct., $24.95) by Barbara Milberg Fisher recalls her years working under Balanchine's direction.
Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate (Oct., $24.95) by Alicia C. Shepard recounts the lives of these two famous journalists.
YALE UNIV. PRESS
Caesar: Life of a Colossus (Sept., $35) by Adrian Goldsworthy traces Caesar's life from birth through assassination.