Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny (Sept. 30)
By Cintra Wilson
The San Francisco native satirist and cultural critic wonders how the insanely despotic Roman emperor might apply his mad statecraft skillz to our young republic.
The Lump of Coal (Sept. 30)
By Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
Self-described thusly: "This is a story about a lump of coal who can think, talk, and move itself around. Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold? Probably, but Lemony Snicket has not written one."
Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos (Oct. 1)
By Bucky Sinister
Our favorite spoken-word comic. This is the recovery memoir and manual for people who really, seriously, don't trust recovery memoirs and manuals.
Have You Seen ... ? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films (Oct. 15)
By David Thomson
A new ginormous compendium of lively, literary movie commentary from the author of that other ginormous compendium, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.
Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity (Nov. 24)
By Michael Lewis
A brief history and analysis of five wide-scale financial disasters by the author of Moneyball.
Fall Arts Guide
Litquake by Jonathan Kiefer