Late summer and fall promise to be full of weighty — and amusing — books:


IN MY TIME: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MEMOIR , by Dick Cheney (Threshold, Aug.). The former vice president offers his take on recent events.

A MORE PERFECT HEAVEN: HOW COPERNICUS REVOLUTIONIZED THE COSMOS , by Dava Sobel (Bloomsbury, Sept.). The author of “Longitude” and “Galileo’s Daughter” recounts how a Polish astronomer’s secret manuscript changed the way we look at the universe.

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: WHY VIOLENCE HAS DECLINED , by Steven Pinker (Viking, Oct.). The Harvard psychology professor argues that, though war, crime and terrorism are rampant, we are living in the most peaceful time of human existence.

BOOMERANG: TRAVELS IN THE NEW THIRD WORLD , by Michael Lewis (Norton, Oct.). Economic bubbles are everywhere it seems, and Lewis, the author of “The Big Short” and “The Blind Side,” examines those around the world as well as burgeoning ones closer to home.

RIN TIN TIN: THE LIFE AND THE LEGEND , by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster, Oct.). The story of how a puppy rescued from a World War I battlefield became a Hollywood juggernaut. From the author of “The Orchid Thief.”


ONCE UPON A RIVER , by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Norton, July). A young woman survives rape and abandonment to live on her own in the Michigan woods.

THE LEFTOVERS , by Tom Perrotta (St. Martin’s, Aug.). The sharp suburban satirist describes a neighborhood left behind after the Rapture.

THE MARRIAGE PLOT , by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar Straus Giroux, Oct.). Nine years after his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Middlesex,” the author is back with a novel about a college student in love.

ZONE ONE , by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, Oct.). A comic and cerebral zombie novel just in time for Halloween.

THE DOVEKEEPERS , by Alice Hoffman (Scribner, Oct.). This novel about the Romans’ siege of the Jews at Masada comes blazing an endorsement from Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison.