LETTERS TO A YOUNG CONTRARIAN Christopher Hitchens (Basic Books, $22, on sale Oct. 16) The magazine columnist and author of The Trial of Henry Kissinger continues his reign as literature’s resident devil’s advocate.

HANK WILLIAMS: SNAPSHOTS FROM THE LOST HIGHWAY Colin Escott and Kira Florita (Da Capo, $35, on sale Oct. 19) The authors bask in this collection of unpublished photographs and letters of the influential country musician.

THE WAR AGAINST CLICHE: ESSAYS AND REVIEWS 1971-2000 Martin Amis (Talk Miramax, $35, on sale Nov. 21) England’s best-selling novelist lets the critical spittle fly with these greatest hits from his three decades in journalism.