Walking in the Shade 1949 to 1962 Doris Lessing (HarperPerennial, $15, first published in 1997) Rich anecdotes and personal details spice up British novelist’s briskly meticulous memoir.

Anthem: An American Road Story Shainee Gabel and Kristin Hahn (Avon, $14, 1997) Earnest, disarming account of two young women’s freewheeling adventures on a caught-on-camera road trip.

If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home by Now Sandra Tsing Loh (Riverhead, $13, 1997) Struggling couple pining for Hollywood glitter star in this witty debut novel from the mouthpiece of the under-40 L.A. crowd.