The Magic of Reality

How We Know What's Really True

Richard Dawkins

Free Press, $29.99

The world's leading evolutionary biologist explains a wide range of natural phenomena.

The Man Who Couldn't Eat

A Memoir

Jon Reiner

Gallery Books, $25

The author explores our complex and often-contradictory relationship with food as he tells the story of his agonizing battle with Crohn's disease.

Mrs. Nixon

A Novelist Imagines a Life

Ann Beattie

Scribner, $26

The novelist wonders what it was like to be married to a hugely ambitious and flawed man.

My Song

A Memoir

Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson

Alfred A. Knopf, $30.50

A forthright memoir that traces the singer's career and his larger concerns with racial justice.