Compiled by Alia Akkam, Robert Dahlin, Charles Hix, Natalie Danford, Hilary Kayle, Suzanne Mantell, Diane Patrick, Karole Riippa, Judith Rosen, Oona Short, Skip Skwarek, Julie Stevenson and Michelle Wildgen.

Maybe it’s fall signaling the end of another year, or the prospect of yet another difficult year—politically, economically—looming ahead. In any case, nostalgia seems to be key among the season’s forthcoming titles, with publishers focusing on a number of iconic people, items and events. Biographies recall such memorable figures as R.F.K, John Lennon and Ronald Reagan, while other titles celebrate pop culture institutions Dilbert, Sesame Street and Macy’s. Musicians can read about Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead. The Titanic still fascinates after nearly a century, and movie stars—from Douglas Fairbanks to Tony Curtis to Lana Turner—still stir the public’s imagination. Finally, what can be bad about a season that includes social histories of the doughnut and the potato chip? Taste matters.

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Art & ArchitectureABBEVILLE PRESSEgyptian Wall Painting (Oct.; $150, $175 slipcased) by Francesco Tiradritti, photos by Sandro Vannini, covers a variety of perspectives: technical, historical, artistic and more.ABRAMSLouvre: 400 Masterpieces (Oct., $40) by Daniel Soulié studies the collections and the history of this renowned museum.ACANTHUS PRESSInterior Design: The New York School, 1935—1985; Volume I: The Grand Tradition (Sept., $85) by Judith Gura traces the evolution of the profession; includes 400 illustrations of early decorators’ work.ANGEL CITY PRESSLeo Politi: Capturing the Heart of Los Angeles (Sept., $45) by Rob Wagner et al. examines the life and work of the artist and author.ANTIQUE COLLECTORS’ CLUBPainting My World: The Art of Dorothy Eisner (Dec., $40), edited by Christie McDonald, presents the work of a the American painter.ASIAN ART MUSEUM(dist. by Tuttle)Power and Glory: Court Arts of China’s Ming Dynasty (Sept., $59.95) by He Li and Michael Knight celebrates the grandeur of the last native Chinese dynasty.AVA PUBLISHING(dist. by Sterling)Epica Book Twenty One: Europe’s Best Advertising (Oct., $65) by the editors of Ava contains more than 900 examples of award-winning print ads, TV commercials and more.BARRON’SArchitectura: Elements of Architectural Style (Nov., $50), edited by Miles Lewis, explores the distinctive details of domes, arcades, entranceways and more.BATSFORD(dist. by Sterling)Free Expression in Acrylics (Sept., $27.95) by John Hammond with Robin Capon explains the advantages of using one’s instinct to simplify and exaggerate.BOOTH-CLIBBORN EDITIONS(dist. by Abrams)Project: Iceland—Music, Art, Fashion (Oct., $50) by Charlie Strand highlights the innovative works of key figures; includes CD.BOYDELL & BREWERThe Eton College Chapel Wall Paintings: England’s Forgotten Medieval Masterpiece (Nov., $80) by Roger Rosewell sheds light on these 700-year-old works.GEORGE BRAZILLER(dist. by W.W. Norton)The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido (Sept., $80), edited by Sebastian Izzard, presents the artist Hiroshige’s portrait of daily life in 19th-century Japan.DK PUBLISHINGArt (Oct., $60) considers 2,000 of the world’s most revered paintings and sculptures.EDITORIAL RM(dist. by D.A.P.)Sonora (Nov., $25) by Kurt Hollander takes a kitschy look at Mexico City’s so-called witchcraft market.5 CONTINENTS EDITIONS(dist. by Abrams)Design Italia: The Making of an Industry (Oct., $65) by Tom Sandberg and Stefano Casciani pays tribute to collaborations between producers and designers such as Cappellini, Poggi and Zanotta.FUEL PUBLISHING(dist. by D.A.P.)Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia, Volume III (Sept., $32.95) by Danzig Baldaev completes a trilogy of drawings and photos compiled by a prison guard.GETTY PUBLICATIONSDilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England (Sept., $49.95) by Bruce Redford investigates a group of British connoisseurs enthralled with the ancient world.The Art of Mantua: Power and Patronage in the Renaissance (Oct., $84.95) by Barbara Furlotti and Guido Rebecchini traces the rise of Mantua as a cultural center under the patronage of the Gonzaga family.GILES(dist. by Antique Collectors’ Club)Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolours and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society (Sept., $85) by Roberta J.M. Olson presents works by Audubon, Asher B. Durand and John Singer Sargent.DAVID R. GODINEPortraits (Oct., $35) by Barry Moser features 100 likenesses of writers, musicians, poets and artists.GOLD STREET PRESS(dist. by IPS)American Indian: Culture, Spirit, Tradition (Nov., $50) by the National Society for the American Indian Elderly explores the intersection of the new generation and the wisdom of the elders.HATJE CANTZ(dist. by D.A.P.)Mies van der Rohe (Nov., $85). The proceedings of a 2007 symposium.HUDSON HILLS PRESSStephen Hannock (Nov., $85) by Jason Rosenfeld et al. captures the artist’s lacquered paintings in more than 80 color plates.IMAGES PUBLISHING GROUP(dist. by Antique Collectors’ Club)Window on the Park: New York’s Most Prestigious Properties on Central Park (Dec., $65) by D Fitzgerald collects photos of Gotham’s ultraluxe buildings.KEW PUBLISHING(dist. by Antique Collectors’ Club)Treasures of Botanical Art (Sept., $60) by Shirley Sherwood and Martyn Rix reflects the craft through some 200 paintings and drawings by artists from the 1600s to the present.FRANCES LINCOLN(dist. by PGW)Mlinaric on Decorating (Sept., $65) by Mirabel Cecil and David Mlinaric discusses the designer’s work, which includes London’s Royal Opera House.LOST COAST PRESSRealm of Silence: Artistic Reflections on the Holocaust (Sept., $17.95) by Elvire Coriat de Baëre presents original paintings and poems honoring Holocaust victims.MFA PUBLICATIONS(dist. by D.A.P.)Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection (Jan., $55) by Clifford S. Ackley et al. displays 150 works of art.MONACELLI PRESSCounterpoint: Daniel Libeskind (Oct., $60) by Paul Goldberger covers the range of the architect’s work.MUSEUM OF MODERN ART(dist. by D.A.P.)Van Gogh by Night (Sept., $45) by Joachim Pissarro et al. illuminates the artist’s nocturnal landscapes and interior scenes.MUSEUM OF NEW MEXICO PRESSA River Apart: The Pottery of Cochiti & Santo Domingo Pueblos (Sept., $45), edited by Valerie K. Verzuh, collects ceramics from the Rio Grande pueblos going back 1,500 years.W.W. NORTONGilded Mansions: Grand Architecture and High Society (Oct., $59.95) by Wayne Craven examines the works of America’s Gilded Age (1865—1918). A Norton Book for Architects and Designers.OTHER CRITERIA(dist. by Abrams)Triptychs and 'A Thousand Years’: Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst (Oct., $180) captures the 2007 exhibition at London’s Gagosian Gallery.OVERLOOK PRESSDrawing Is Thinking (Oct., $45) by Milton Glaser collects this prominent graphic designer’s illustrations.PHAIDON PRESS(dist. by Hachette Book Group)The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture (Sept., $195) by the editors of Phaidon Press surveys more than 1,000 important works of architecture worldwide.POMEGRANATEPheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley (Sept., $75) by Christopher Marley displays work that uses bugs as a medium.PORTLAND PRESSChihuly Black (Sept., $75) by Dale Chihuly highlights the artist’s black glass work in a leather-bound edition.PRESTELA Year in Fashion (Oct., $29.95) by Prestel editors encompasses creations from the past 100 years, from turn-of-the-century corsets to contemporary garb.PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS(dist. by Chronicle Books)Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger (Oct., $55) by Therese Poletti examines the prolific architect’s 40-year career.PRINCETON UNIV. PRESSBlack: The History of a Color (Jan., $35) by Michel Pastoureau charts the color’s transition from the cave dweller to the loft owner.QUAIL RIDGE PRESSDelta Dreamin’ (Sept., $39.95) by Gary Walters. The artist’s paintings depict the beauty of the Mississippi Delta.RIVER BOOKS(dist. by Antique Collectors’ Club)Buddhist Painting in Cambodia (Nov., $80) by Vittorio Roveda discusses the most important Cambodian murals.RIZZOLIKeith Haring (Oct., $100 slipcased) by Jeffrey Deitch et al. collects unpublished photos and writings.ROCKPORTThe Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design into Goods That Sell (Sept., $40) by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico surveys designers who address entrepreneurial concepts and production processes.Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design (Feb., $50) by Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez Palacio.ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS(dist. by Abrams)Byzantium, 330—1453 (Nov., $115) by Robin Cormack and Maria Vassiliki traces the history and cultural development of Byzantine art.SMITHSONIAN BOOKSThe Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man’s Obsession Led to the Solutions of Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Mystery (Oct., $24.95) by Bob Brier and Jean-Pierre Houdin. The use of 3-D models casts new light on an age-old question.STERLINGBlue Dog Speaks (Oct., $24.95) by George Rodrigue answers frequently asked questions about the colorful canine. Author tour.STORM KING ART CENTER(dist. by Antique Collectors’ club)Earth, Sky, and Sculpture (Sept., $55.95) by H. Peter Stern et al., photos by Jerry L. Thompson, captures outdoor artworks in diverse climatic conditions.TASCHENJean Nouvel: Complete Works 1970—2008 (Sept., $700) by Jean Nouvel. Two volumes offer an overview of the architect’s work; limited to 1,000 signed and numbered copies.TEXAS A&M UNIV. PRESSThe Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea’s World War II (Nov., $40), edited by Brendan M. Greeley Jr., contains his firsthand accounts for Life magazine along with sketches and paintings.THAMES & HUDSONWorld Architecture: The Masterworks (Nov., $80) by Will Pryce features unfamiliar and unexpected subjects along with acknowledged masterpieces.TIMES BOOKSLoot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World (Nov., $27.50) by Sharon Waxman details the escalating conflicts over ownership of ancient art.TITAN BOOKS(dist. by Random House)Watching the Watchmen (Oct., $40) by Dave Gibbons looks at the genesis of the graphic novel through early design and script work.UNIVERSEThe Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book (Oct., $45) by David Sokol, illus. by Anton Radevsky, showcases such noted structures as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Guggenheim Bilbao.VENDOME PRESS(dist. by Abrams)Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900—1920: Art, Life & Culture (Oct., $50) by John Bowlt provides an illustrated look into the cultural renaissance of these Russian cities.VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM PUBLICATIONS(dist. by Abrams)Cold War Modern: Design 1945—1975 (Sept., $80) by David Crowley and Jane Pavitt explores the legacy of the Cold War in terms of furniture, fashion, graphics and architecture.WAANDERS(dist. by Antique Collectors’ Club)The Jewish Rembrandt (Sept., $30) by Mirjam Alexander investigates the artist’s connection with Judaism.WATSON-GUPTILLClassic Human Anatomy: The Artist’s Guide to Form, Function, and Movement (Nov., $40) by Valerie L. Winslow includes illustrations detailing the movement and action of bones and muscles.WAYNE STATE UNIV. PRESSThe Guardian Building: Cathedral of Finance (Sept., $50) by James W. Tottis charts the history of one of Detroit’s architectural gems.YALE UNIV. PRESSGothic: Dark Glamour (Sept., $45) by Valerie Steele and Jennifer Park, published to accompany a major exhibition, looks at gothic influence on fashion.Biography & Memoir
A Museum of Their Own: National Museum of Women in the Arts (Oct., $50) by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay recounts the author’s struggle to establish the Washington, D.C., museum.
My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq (Sept., $25.95) by Ariel Sabar tracks the author’s quest to understand his father’s attempts to save a Jewish community’s stories and language. 5-city author tour.
Scheisshaus Luck: Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora (Sept., $24.95) by Pierre Berg with Brian Brock chronicles Berg’s experiences as a French Resistance courier, his death camp ordeal and eventual escape.
Die Trying: One Man’s Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits (Feb., $23) by Bo Parfet with Richard Buskin details Parfet’s goal to climb the world’s highest mountains.
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Zubin Mehta: Reflections on My Life in Music (Sept., $27.95) by Zubin Mehta offers a personal glimpse into the renowned conductor’s life.
The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, Mothering and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way (Oct., $24.95) by Diahann Carroll. The entertainment legend comes clean on being TV’s “first black bitch” and more. 50,000 first printing. Author tour.
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Rage and Glory: The Volatile Life and Career of George C. Scott (Oct., $29.95) by David Sheward. The Backstage theater critic sketches the Oscar-winning actor’s life.
Chaplin: A Life (Oct., $27.99) by Stephen M. Weissman, M.D., spotlights one of filmdom’s great comics.
Crazy Loco Love (Sept., $26.95) by Victor Villaseñor narrates the author’s search for the truth about God, sex and his Mexican roots. Author tour.
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Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel (Oct., $24) by Edmund White examines the short life of the poet whose work broke social taboos and literary conventions.
The Black List (Oct., $29.95) by Elvis Mitchell and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The companion book to the HBO documentary pairs Greenfield-Sanders’s photos of prominent African-Americans with Mitchell’s interviews.
Unexpected Blessings: Finding Hope and Healing in the Face of Illness (Oct., $24.95) by Roxanne Black. Diagnosed with lupus at 15, the author presents lessons learned from her encounters with others who face life-threatening diseases.
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I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone (Sept., $24.95) by Jeff Kaliss delivers a no-holds-barred look at the band that was pivotal in the development of soul, funk and psychedelic music.
Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph (Sept., $26) by Alonzo Mourning with Dan Wetzel. The NBA champ reveals how a foster-care kid became a basketball superstar, survived kidney disease and rededicated himself to helping others. 7-city author tour.
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Sept., $35) by Alice Schroeder details the experience and wisdom of the man known as the “Oracle of Omaha.” 1 million first printing.
The Reagan I Knew (Oct., $25) by William F. Buckley Jr. Reagan’s political mentor, ally and friend ends his career in letters with an intimate portrait of the 40th president.
The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir (Oct., $24.95) by Patricia Harman interweaves the author’s personal and professional trials with stories of her patients.
Angel at the Fence (Feb., $23.95) by Herman Rosenblatt tells a story of love and survival, from the Holocaust to today.
Resistance: A Woman’s Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France (Sept., $24) by Agnès Humbert, trans. by Barbara Mellor. This WWII diary tells of a French Resistance member who survived detention in German labor camps. 50,000 first printing.
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity (Sept., $26) by Bill O’Reilly addresses the people, places and experiences that launched O’Reilly’s journey from working-class kid to political commentator.
Twisted Head: An Italian American Memoir (Oct., $23.95) by Carl Capotorto. The Sopranos actor—whose surname translates as “twisted head”—recalls growing up in the Bronx.
Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus (Sept., $24.95) by Diane Wilson. The environmentalist’s upbringing was complete with snake handling and speaking in tongues.
Kelly Slater: For the Love (Oct., $35) by Kelly Slater and Phil Jarrat. Surfer Slater riffs on a life filled with big waves, big wins, big money and big loves.
Celebutards: How Hollywood Hacks, Limousine Liberals and Pandering Politicians Are Destroying America (Feb., $22.95) by Andrea Peyser. The New York Post columnist profiles egotistical celebrities with too much money, fame and time.
Alex & Me: Lessons from a Little Bird with a Big Heart (Nov., $24.95) by Irene M. Pepperberg celebrates the author’s relationship with a mischievous parrot that became the world’s most famous talking and thinking bird. Author tour.
My Word Is My Bond (Nov., $27.95) by Sir Roger Moore. The actor/raconteur recollects his film career, famous friends and a battle with prostate cancer.
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The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder: 1956—1991 (Nov., $28), edited by Bill Morgan. Ginsberg’s biographer culls correspondence that portrays these American poets.
A Journal for Jordan: A Memoir of Love and Loss (Dec., $25.95) by Dana Canedy. The fiancée of a soldier killed in Iraq presents the hopes, prayers and life lessons he recorded for the son he would never know. 200,000 first printing.
I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving and Reaching Your Dreams (Nov., $24) by Patrick Henry Hughes with Patrick John Hughes offers inspiration from the physically disabled teen who has become a virtuoso musician.
The Hero (Oct., $26) by Jon Krakauer chronicles the life and controversial friendly-fire death of NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman. 500,000 first printing. Author tour.
Ayn Rand: An American Life (Feb., $27.95) by Anne Heller discloses Rand’s misunderstood youth, interviews acquaintances and presents new archival material. 40,000 first printing. Author tour.
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One Native Life (Oct., $30) by Richard Wagamese. The Ojibway storyteller records his quest to reclaim his identity from childhood abuse to adult alcoholism.
Eminem: The Way I Am (Oct., $35) by Marshall Mathers. The Oscar-winning songwriter, recording artist and actor defines himself.
John Lennon: The Life (Oct., $34.95) by Philip Norman presents an in-depth analysis of the famed musician. 200,000 first printing.
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Surviving Hell: A POW’s Journey (Oct., $25.95) by Leo Thorsness narrates the harrowing story of his own captivity during the Vietnam War.
Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB (Nov., $23) by Jaime Lowe explores the life, career, mythology and death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones), who rose to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan.
Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947—1964 (Sept., $24) by Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff, traces Sontag’s path from early fiction attempts to her role in New York City’s artistic and intellectual life. 75,000 first printing.
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Oct., $40), edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton, captures a wealth of literary history and gossip from a 30-year relationship.
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Women Writing Africa: The Northern Region (Nov.; $75, paper $29.95), edited by Fatima Sadiqi et al. The final volume in this series surveys women’s experiences in the Northern Region from 3,000 B.C. to today.
Jack Toffey’s War: A Son’s Memoir (Oct., $29.95) by John J. Toffey IV articulates a young man’s journey to know a father who went to war in 1942 and never came home.
Amarcord: Marcella Remembers (Oct., $27.50) by Marcella Hazan reveals how the young girl raised in Emilia-Romagna became America’s godmother of Italian cooking.
Diary of an Exercise Addict (Dec., $21.95) by Peach Friedman recounts the author’s struggle with exercise bulimia.
Dewey: A Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (Sept., $19.99) by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. An abandoned kitten inspires a town and captures the hearts of animal lovers everywhere.
Reagan: The Hollywood Years (Sept., $25.95) by Marc Eliot examines the man’s emergence as an aspiring actor, star and family man. 80,000 first printing.
American Prince: A Memoir (Oct., $25.95) by Tony Curtis and Peter Golenbock. One of the last of a dying breed of Hollywood royalty puts forth “my life—the good, the bad and the ugly.” 200,000 first printing.
Epilogue (Sept., $24.95) by Anne Roiphe delves into the author’s life as a widow. 35,000 first printing.
Lincoln (Nov., $27.95) by Fred Kaplan reveals the 16th president’s genius oratory. 40,000 first printing.
The Child Will Be Great (Feb., $25.95) by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Africa’s first elected female president describes her rise to prominence and her determination to rebuild war-torn Liberia. 50,000 first printing.
Here’s the Story (Oct., $25.95) by Maureen McCormick recounts the life of the actress who played TV’s beloved Marcia Brady. 300,000 first printing.
Born Country: My Life in Alabama—How Faith, Family and Music Brought Me Home (Nov., $24.95) by Randy Owen. The lead singer/songwriter of Alabama recalls living the American dream. 200,000 first printing.
Up from History: Booker T. Washington and the Burden of Race in America (Jan., $35) by Robert J. Norrell explains what led Washington to urge economic independence and character development as paths to equality.
Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Holocaust (Sept., $24.95) by Immaculée Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin. The author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust depicts her struggle to survive in the aftermath. 100,000 first printing.
Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity (Sept., $32.99) by Walter Klaassen and William Klassen argues that Pilgram Marpeck helped lay the theoretical and practical foundations of the church.
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Returning to My Mother’s House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine (Oct., $21.95) by Gail Straub examines how creating a “successful” outer life at the expense of a satisfying inner life can upset a woman’s sense of balance.
Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography (Nov., $16.95) by Sabrina Jones. The cofounder of Girltalk illustrates the mother of modern dance’s life, from her unconventional girlhood to her tragic death. Author tour.
Afterimages: A Family Memoir (Sept., $24) by Carol Ascher recalls the author’s Midwest childhood with parents who escaped Hitler’s Europe.
Always Looking Up: Meditations on Optimism (Oct., $24.95) by Michael J. Fox. The actor and activist for Parkinson’s sufferers shares his search for sources of hope. 400,000 first printing.
The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim! (Oct., $24.95) by Bob Hammel profiles the entrepreneur who parlayed a $1,500 investment into the Cook Group, today’s leading developer of medical devices.
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The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey, My Passions (Oct., $45) by Quincy Jones. The music icon reflects on his life, and shares photos and memorabilia from his personal collection. 25,000 first printing.
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Both Sides of the Law: My Life of Catching Crooks and Freeing the Innocent (Jan., $24.95) by Alan Pfeuffer. A federal public defender and former DEA agent tells his story.
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The Chris Benoit Story (Oct., $25.95) by Scott Zerr charts the professional wrestling star’s rise to fame and the murder-suicide that ended his life. 50,000 first printing.
Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (Oct., $23.95) by Anne Rice. In her first work of nonfiction, Rice ponders her life as a wayward Catholic and reveals what led her to regain her faith. 200,000 first printing.
Looking for Lincoln: A Bicentennial Album (Nov., $50) by Philip B. Kunhardt III et al. considers the myths and questions surrounding the beloved president; tie-in to the 2009 PBS special. 150,000 first printing. 3-city author tour.
Against Medical Advice: A True Story (Sept., $26.99) by James Patterson and Hal Friedman. When a five-year-old boy suddenly experiences life-threatening tics, his family begins a decades-long battle to discover the cause. 850,000 first printing.
Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America (Sept., $34.95) by Meredith Mason Brown explores Boone’s crucial role in the country’s transformation.
A Persistent Peace: One Man’s Struggle for a Nonviolent World (Sept., $22.95) by John Dear. The author considers the reasons for his conversion to Catholicism and subsequent lifelong dedication to working for peace. 25,000 first printing.
Dal and Rice (Feb., $24.95) by Wendy M. Davis offers a portrait of the author’s childhood in India during the last days of the raj.
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Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (1808—1883) (Nov., $28.95) by John W. Kiser investigates the history of Arab/Muslim resistance to the French colonization of Algeria.
Tales from the Dad Side: Misadventures in Fatherhood (Oct., $25.95) by Steve Doocy. The cohost of Fox & Friends offers helpful advice on fathering. 150,000 first printing.
The Barn House: Confessions of an Urban Rehabber (Sept., $22.95) by Ed Zotti recounts the author’s tribulations renovating a dilapidated 19th-century house.
War Is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War (Sept., $26.95) by James Neugass. This long-lost memoir by an American ambulance driver and member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade chronicles wartime life. 25,000 first printing.
Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur (Sept., $25) by Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis. The author, who became her village’s first doctor, recounts atrocities committed by the Arab government’s militia.
Hurry Down Sunshine (Sept., $22) by Michael Greenberg chronicles his daughter’s descent into madness and her unexpected re-emergence.
The Elvis Encyclopedia (Oct., $65) by Adam Victor collects facts and photos that reveal the man behind the legend.
Polanski (Sept., $29.95) by Christopher Sandford investigates the complex life of the controversial film director, Holocaust survivor and fugitive.
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Red Princess: A Revolutionary Life (Sept., $27.95) by Sofka Zinovieff commemorates the author’s grandmother, who survived a Nazi prison camp and became one of Britain’s most outspoken Communists. 25,000 first printing.
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief (Oct., $35) by James M. McPherson explains how the man worked with—and often against—his commanders to defeat the Confederacy and create the role of commander-in-chief.
Vandal Squad (Nov., $35) by Joseph Rivera provides an insider’s view of the New York City Transit Police squad founded in 1980 to wipe out graffiti and acts of destruction in the subway system.
Make It Plain: A Life of Speaking (Sept., $26) by Vernon Jordan. The civil rights activist reflects on his life through his speeches and the leaders who inspired him. 75,000 first printing.
Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners (Oct., $30) by Laura Claridge traces the colorful life of the woman who made etiquette de rigeur.
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (Nov., $30) by Jon Meacham presents a detailed portrait of the man who shaped the modern presidency. 9-city author tour.
Things I’ve Been Silent About (Nov., $26) by Azar Nafisi. The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran continues her Iranian memoirs. 16-city author tour.
More Pages from the Red Suit Diaries: A Real-Life Santa Shares Hopes, Dreams and Childlike Faith (Sept., $15.99) by Ed Butchart. One of Santa’s many helpers pens another heart-warmer.
Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life (Sept., $25.95) by Kathleen Norris demystifies the condition of spiritual apathy well-known in the early and medieval church. 150,000 first printing. Author tour.
Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies (Nov., $35) by Cheryl Crane and Cindy De La Hoz. Turner’s daughter recounts this Hollywood survivor’s 50-year career. 50,000 first printing.
Orange County (Sept., $24) by Gustavo Arellano. A leading voice of the Mexican-American community interweaves his personal narrative with cultural history.
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How to Cook a Dragon: Living, Loving, and Eating in China (Nov., $22.95) by Linda Furiya describes the author’s experiences as an Asian-American living in China.
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Girl Boy Girl (Oct., $23.95) by Savannah Knoop details her double life as celebrated fictitious author JT Leroy. 25,000 first printing. Author tour.
The Night of the Gun (Sept., $26) by David Carr. The New York Times reporter surveys his odyssey through crack addiction, cancer and single parenthood. 8-city author tour.
Untitled (Nov., $TBA) by Don Rickles features correspondence between the comedian and his celebrity friends. 150,000 first printing.
Between a Rose and a Thorn (Jan., $26) by Bret Michaels. The lead vocalist of glam metal band Poison charts his life.
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Breakfast at Sally’s: One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Journey (Oct., $24.95) by Richard LeMieux recounts the author’s fall from affluence to poverty.
The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange (Nov., $25) by Mark Barrowcliffe pokes fun at the author’s awkward adolescence spent in a fantasy world. 30,000 first printing.
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom (Sept., $24.99) by Quanta A. Ahmed, M.D. The Western-trained doctor describes her experiences in facilities ranging from maddeningly primitive to ultra-advanced.
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The Man Who Emptied Death Row: Governor George Ryan and the Politics of Crime (Oct., $29.95) by James L. Merriner exposes the man who was convicted in 2006 of 18 counts of official corruption.
Untitled Memoir (Feb., $25.95) by Tracy Morgan. The former Saturday Night Live cast member recalls a troubled childhood and his escape into the world of stand-up comedy. 100,000 first printing. Author tour.
Black Smoke: A Woman’s Journey of Healing, Wild Love, and Transformation in the Amazon (Jan., $19.95) by Margaret De Wys. The author’s search for a cancer cure propelled her into a harrowing journey.
In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography (Sept., $25.95) by John Gartner diagnoses the enigmatic 42nd president.
A Fortunate Life (Sept., $25.95) by Robert Vaughn. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. muses on his 45-year career.
Things the Grandchildren Should Know (Nov., $23.95) by Mark Oliver Everett. The front man and founder of the indie rock band Eels assesses his childhood and career.
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A Life in Transition (Sept., $29.95) by Alex Boraine. The transitional justice expert discusses his work in such trouble spots as South Africa, Serbia and Latin America.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Part 2 (Sept., $50) by Nancy Hopkins Reily covers the influences that shaped the artist’s life from 1946 to her death in 1986.
Casanova (Oct., $28.95) by Ian Kelly studies the great lover who was also a businessman, diplomat, spy, prisoner and philosopher.
Don’t Mind if I Do (Oct., $26) by George Hamilton and William Stadiem. The ultimate Hollywood sophisticate tracks his journey from the big-studio era to Dancing with the Stars and beyond.
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A Novel Approach to Life (Oct., $25) by Coleen Grissom collects the speeches of a college administrator and literature advocate.
The Rise of Barack Obama (July, $27.95) by Pete Souza. The photojournalist documents Obama’s career with many never-before-seen photos.
An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (Feb., $34.95) by Jack E. Davis profiles one of America’s premier environmentalists.
Seven Wheelchairs: A Life Beyond Polio (Sept., $24.95) by Gary Presley. The author, who at 17 contracted the disease after taking the Salk injections, recalls 50 years of rediscovering his independence.
La Clinica: A Doctor’s Journey Across Borders (Sept., $26.95) by David P. Sklar addresses the author’s years at a small clinic in Mexico’s Sierra Madre.
Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley (Oct., $24.95) by Sybil Rosen recollects the turbulent life of the music legend who composed the Merle Haggard hit “If I Could Only Fly.”
Means of Transit: A Slightly Embellished Memoir (Sept., $24.95) by Teresa Miller collects the author’s observations as a reader, writer and fourth-generation Oklahoman.
Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life (Sept., $26.95) by Jim Kershner examines the man’s rise from orphan to champion college boxer and Washington’s first African-American lawyer.
Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons (Oct., $34) by Joseph A. Kechichian profiles the ruler who empowered Saudi Arabia.
The Godfather of Tabloid: Generoso Pope Jr. and theNational Enquirer (Sept., $29.95) by Jack Vitek studies the man who created a newspaper genre and changed the world of publishing.
Cape-Enders: Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy on Cape Cod (Nov., $26.95) by Reuel K. Wilson. The only child of the literary couple chronicles his parents’ fascinating lives.
Music Quickens Time (Nov., $24.95) by Daniel Barenboim. Israel’s most celebrated musician argues for the importance and power of music in everyday life.
Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause (Sept., $27.95) by Tom Gjelten. The life and times of the famous rum dynasty affords a unique history of Cuba.
Stalin’s Children: Three Generations of Love, War and Survival (Sept., $26) by Owen Matthews illuminates one family’s passionate, sometimes tragic, connection to Russia. 40,000 first printing.
Invitation: A Loving Remembrance from the Grandsons of Billy Graham (Sept., $19.99) by Anthony, Aram and Basyle Tchividjian celebrates over half a century of the preacher’s worldwide crusades.
Race and Remembrance: A Memoir (Sept., $24.95) by Arthur L. Johnson chronicles the author’s role in Detroit civil rights history.
We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken-Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever (Sept., $24.95) by Benjamin Mee. The author’s hopes to establish an unusual family business are imperiled when his wife’s brain cancer recurs. 100,000 first printing. 10-city author tour.
Business & Personal Finance
Investing in a Sustainable World: Why Green Is the New Color of Money on Wall Street (Nov., $28) by Matthew J. Kiernan offers advice on building a portfolio that’s both profitable and earth-friendly.
You’ve Gotta Have Heart: Achieving Purpose Beyond Profit in the Social Sector (Jan., $24.95) by Cass Wheeler. The former CEO of the American Heart Association delivers positive advice for those in the nonprofit sector.
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Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy (Nov., 27.95) by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey. A blueprint for effective giving for philanthropists who demand results.
The Art of the Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations (Sept., $26) by Michael M. Kaiser. The president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts dispenses management advice.
The Secrets of CEOs: How to Be a 21st Century Leader (Nov., $29.95) by Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave gathers interviews with more than 50 well-known CEOs.
Fight for Your Money (Jan., $24.95) by David Bach presents tips on how to regain control of your spending and save thousands of dollars each year.
Branding Only Works on Cattle: The New Way to Get Known (and Drive Your Competitors Crazy) (Sept., $26.99) by Jonathan Salem Baskin disputes the idea that branding sells products.
Game Over: How the Collapse in the Economy Will Sink Your Wealth by 50% or More Unless You Know What to Do (Jan., $25.99) by Stephen Leeb summarizes the effects of a recession and explains how to deal with it.
Business War Games (Sept., $19.99) by Benjamin Gilad makes the war games run by consulting firms accessible to all businesses, large or small.
Squawk! How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results (Sept., $19.95) by Travis Bradberry delivers hard truths for becoming a more productive worker and manager. 100,000 first printing.
Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0 (Oct., $25.95) by Rick Pitino with Pat Forde explains how to build success upon the experiences of failure. 150,000 first printing.
Choose and Focus: Japanese Business Strategies for the 21st Century (Sept., $29.95) by Ulrike Schaede explains Japan’s successful “choose and focus” business model.
The First Billion Is the Hardest: How Believing It’s Still Early in the Game Can Lead to Life’s Greatest Comebacks (Sept., $26.95) by T. Boone Pickens charts the career of a corporate raider who rebounded from financial ruin. 100,000 first printing.
The Difference: Why Some People Get Rich, Why Others Don’t, and How You Can Become One of the Lucky Ones (Jan., $24.95) by Jean Chatzky. 125,000 first printing.
The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough: How Five Young Women Got Smart, Formed a Money Club, and Took Control of Their Finances (Sept., $24) by the Smart Cookies with Jennifer Barrett guides women to achieving financial security.
Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy (Sept., $24.95) by Martin Lindstrom highlights which kinds of marketing, advertising and branding strategies influence buying habits. 100,000 first printing. Author tour.
The Great Crash of 2010: How to Survive and Thrive in the Coming Hard Times (Jan., $27) by Harry S. Dent uses historical patterns and demographics to predict an oncoming depression.
Are You a Stock or a Bond? Create Your Own Pension Plan for a Secure Financial Future (Sept., $25.99) by Moshe A. Milevsky introduces a framework for financial planning over an entire lifetime.
From Concept to Consumer: Developing Products in a Flat World (Oct., $24.99) by Phil Baker advocates using the world as a developing partner to create first-class products.
Call Me Ted (Nov., $30) by Ted Turner with Bill Burke. The entrepreneur and former husband of Jane Fonda tells his life story. 1 million first printing.
A Sense of Urgency (Sept., $22) by John P. Kotter examines how to change leadership without creating panic.
Business 3.0 (Nov., $26.95) by David Siegel differentiates real Internet business opportunities from buzzword-driven hype.
Free-for-All: Why Economics Maxims Don’t Prove as Much as We Think (Jan., $26.95) by Peter A. Ubel questions the economic rules upon which many personal assumptions are based.
CLICK: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters (Sept., $25.95) by Bill Tancer illuminates the business of the Internet. 150,000 first printing.
Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business (Sept., $27.95) by Michael Gurian and Barbara Annis uses brain science to examine sex differences in the workplace.
The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable About Restoring Sanity to the Most Important Organization in Your Life (Sept., $24.95) by Patrick Lencioni demonstrates how to apply proven business solutions to family life.
Emotionomics (Nov., $39.95) by Dan Hill argues that decisions are motivated primarily by emotion.
Office Boreout (Nov., $29.95) by Philippe Rothlin and Peter R. Werder tells managers how to recognize signs of employee boredom and disengagement.
Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation Is Changing the World (Nov., $27.95) by Don Tapscott studies the changing market, workplace and culture through the eyes of the Net generation.
The Red Rubber Ball at Work: Elevate Your Game Through the Hidden Power of Play (Nov., $21.95) by Kevin Carroll suggests using play to spark workplace creativity.
Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World (Oct., $24.95) by Alex Pentland observes how understanding the signaling within social networks can alter management and decision-making styles.
The 50th Law (Oct., $26) by Robert Greene and Curtis Jackson (rapper 50 Cent) melds business strategies with street principles. 200,000 first printing.
Contracting with Uncle Sam: The Essential Guide for Federal Buyers and Sellers (Oct., $24.95) by Bill C. Giallourakis deciphers the complexities of federal contracting.
The Truth About You (Sept., $29.99) by Marcus Buckingham empowers readers to put themselves first by creating a work life geared to their strengths.
1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire (Sept., $24.95) by Sam Wyly shares life lessons from the man Fortune magazine dubbed one of the 20th century’s most important entrepreneurs.
Panic: The Study of Modern Financial Insecurity (Dec., $27.95) by Michael Lewis analyzes what we should have learned from the most turbulent times in our financial history.
The Partnership: A History of Goldman Sachs (Sept., $35) by Charles D. Ellis showcases the men who built one of the world’s largest investment banking firms.
The Bald Truth (Feb., $27) by David Falk. The superagent of such sports stars as Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing shares the secrets he obtained on and off the court. 75,000 first printing.
The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy (Sept., $26.95) by David M. Smick contends that soaring financial risk and uneven prosperity pose an unprecedented threat.
The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up (Oct., $24.95) by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham suggests ways that small businesses can master tricky situations.
Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition (Nov., $25.95) by Guy Kawasaki assembles pieces from the author’s blog.
The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do About It (Aug., $16.95) by Robert J. Shiller traces the origins of the crisis and calls for an aggressive response.
Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations (Oct., $24.95) by Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel chronicles the shady underworld while suggesting remedies meant to aid the world’s poor.
Global Warming Is Good for Business (Oct., $24.95) by K.B. Keilbach explores the forces dealing with—and profiting from—global warming.
The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Breaking the Old Way of Thinking to Restore American Prosperity (Jan., $25) by Matt Miller reveals the greatest threat to our economic future: conventional wisdom.
Making It Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life (Dec., $24.95) by David Allen. In his follow-up to Getting Things Done, the author sets forth rules for achieving focus, control and perspective. 6-city author tour.
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Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur (Sept., $26.95) by Richard Branson chronicles in diary and notebook entries the entrepreneur’s biggest deals. 75,000 first printing.
The Encore Effect (Sept., $15.95) by Mark Sanborn shows readers how to elevate work and ministry efforts while deepening the impact on others.
Africa Rising: How 900 Million African Consumers Offer More than You Think (Sept., $29.99) by Vijay Mahajan and Robert E. Gunther argues that Africa’s true wealth is in an emerging consumer market.
Value Where You Least Expect It: How to Turn Your Top Free Services into Your Top Products (Dec., $27.99) by Stewart Feldman et al. demonstrates how certain company offerings can become a major profit center.
The Little Book That Saves Your Assets: What the Rich Do to Stay Wealthy in Up and Down Markets (Sept., $19.95) by David M. Darst describes the profitable principles behind asset allocation strategies.
Ten Roads to Riches (Nov., $24.95) by Ken Fisher guides readers to wealth.