THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS Paul Auster (Holt, $24, on sale Sept. 4) After Professor Zimmer writes a book about silent comedian Hector Mann, he gets a kind note from Hector. Which is odd, since Hector’s been missing for 60 years…

THE PARTLY CLOUDY PATRIOT Sarah Vowell (Simon & Schuster, $22, on sale Sept. 5) Essays on this American life from the This American Life contributor.

AFTERGLOW: A LAST CONVERSATION WITH PAULINE KAEL Frances Davis (Da Capo, $18, on sale Sept. 3) Published on the one-year anniversary of her death, this is a final sit-down with the film critic who famously lost it at the movies.