THE BULGARI CONNECTION Fay Weldon (Atlantic Monthly, $23, on sale Nov. 21) Industry insiders pooh-poohed the author’s sponsorship by the Bulgari jewelry company. Will sly name-drops make her admirable storytelling droop?

STRAIGHT UP OR ON THE ROCKS William Grimes (North Point Press, $20, on sale Nov. 21) The New York Times restaurant critic has revised his classic 1993 anti-teetotaling toast, with his top 100 picks for favorite alcoholic pick-me-ups.

KISS AND MAKE-UP Gene Simmons (Crown, $25.95, on sale Dec. 11) Born Chaim Witz, the Kiss frontman reveals the man behind the makeup in his autobiography. Previously unpublished photographs should keep tongues wagging.