As the summer heat gives way to fall chill, what’s better than curling up indoors with a book? We’ll tell you what’s better: Books full of secrets, divulged by the secret keepers themselves. Yes, we’re talking about memoirs, from celebrity tell-alls, to musicians’ musings, to razor-sharp personal essays. On the docket this autumn: Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?, her long-awaited follow-up to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), a new memoir from National Book Award winner Patti Smith, and Dan Marshall’s uproarious Home Is Burning.

Reckless, Chrissie Hynde

She may be a Pretender, but Hynde’s witty telling of her life story—an Ohio childhood that led to a trailblazing rock career—is definitely not make-believe. (Sept. 8)

Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling

These musings and stories from the star and creator of The Mindy Project are every bit as whimsical as the ones in 2011’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Sept. 15)

Never Broken, Jewel

During 20 years of Jewel’s fame, we’ve learned bits about her: She yodels; she grew up in Alaska; she once lived in her van. Now she fills in the missing pieces. (Sept. 15)

I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, Grace Jones

The eternally edgy singer, actress, and model reflects on her glamorous history, from Studio 54 to Paris to Hollywood. Her only lie is in the title. (Sept. 29)

M Train, Patti Smith

In her experimental follow-up to the National Book Award-winning Just Kids, Smith dreamily muses on her life through the lens of the cafés she’s frequented. (Oct. 6)

Home Is Burning, Dan Marshall

When he was 25, Marshall’s dad was diagnosed with ALS and his mom with cancer. So he quit his job to return home and care for them. Sounds depressing, but it’s actually scathing, funny, profane, and deeply affectionate. (Oct. 20)

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein

The Sleater-Kinney icon and Portlandia star writes about reinventing herself during the feminist punk-rock movement. (Oct. 27)

Dear Mr. You, Mary-Louise Parker

In her much-buzzed-about memoir, Parker tells her story through letters she’s written to men—real and imagined—in her life over the years. (Nov. 10)

Boys in the Trees, Carly Simon

Simon’s memoir covers her Greenwich Village folk roots, her songwriting stardom, and her marriage to James Taylor. (Nov. 24)

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