THE AUTOGRAPH MAN Zadie Smith (Random House, $24.95, on sale Oct. 8) With this second novel, young Smith of White Teeth fame continues down the road to literary immortality. Leave some bread crumbs for the rest of us, Zadie.

WHO’S SORRY NOW Joe Pantoliano (Dutton, $23.95, on sale Sept. 30) Joey Pants, brilliant last season as Ralphie in The Sopranos and quite good as Francis Fratelli in The Goonies, tells of his own wiseguy upbringing in New Jersey.

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2002 (Houghton Mifflin, $27.50, on sale Oct. 15) Chabon, Lahiri, Doctorow, Munro, and Arthur Miller squeak in.