Plus Patti LuPone's memoir, hot new paperbacks, and more

By EW Staff
Updated August 27, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Late for School Steve Martin
We all know Martin is the father of the bride, a jerk, and one wild and crazy guy, but in recent years the famed comedian has also developed into quite the author. His newest is a children’s book, his second, about a young boy’s improbable journey to school. Older fans can look forward to his novel An Object of Beauty, which hits stores in November. (9/8)

The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex Kristen Schaal & Rich Blomquist
The Flight of the Conchords actress wrote this sex-obsessed guide with her boyfriend, Daily Show scribe Blomquist. Together they hilariously help you with everything from role-playing to, um, enjoying your own company, with passages that will make you laugh out loud even as you blush. (Out now)

Patti LuPone: A Memoir Patti LuPone
The legendary Broadway star has inhabited many onstage roles, winning Tonys for her iconic portrayals of Eva Perón and Mama Rose. In her autobiography, LuPone, with characteristic wit and theatricality, recounts her life story, both when she was feeling like Les Misérables and when everything was coming up roses. (9/14)

Hot new paperbacks
The Extra Man Jonathan Ames
With a film version starring Kevin Kline in theaters, now’s the time to read Ames’ funny and oddball novel about a dapper playwright-turned-escort who serves the lonely women of New York. A-

A Happy Marriage Rafael Yglesias
Yglesias based this emotionally precise portrait on his own marriage — his wife died in 2004 — exploring with unflinching honesty a couple’s imperfect but enduring union. A-

The Children’s Book A.S. Byatt
A meticulously researched chronicle of British childhood in the early 20th century, imbued with the Possession author’s signature dark touch. B

The Truth About Love Josephine Hart
How do you deal with the loss of a child? Hart’s novel, about an accidental death in a small Irish town, is a moving examination of grief and recovery. A-

Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
Mantel’s richly detailed work of historical fiction picked up both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2009, after managing to make the intricate court intrigue of 16th-century English royalty as gripping as any mystery. B