A Memoir

M.K. Asante

Spiegel & Grau, $25

A young filmmaker, academic and author of "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop," Asante traces his self-education as he makes his way from Zimbabwe to the streets of North Philadelphia and emerges through the power of language. (August)

A Matter of Life

Jeffrey Brown

Top Shelf, $14.95

The author of the Star Wars parenting parody "Darth Vader and Son" presents an autobiographical tale of fatherhood in graphic novel form, focusing on Brown's relationships with his minister father and young son. (July)

The Art of Sleeping Alone
Why One French Woman Gave Up Sex

Sophie Fontanel

Scribner. $19.99

An editor of French Elle writes of her decision to remain single and celibate — and its profoundly liberating effect on her life. (August)

A Million Years with You
A Memoir of Life Observed

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25

The octagenarian naturalist and author looks at how her wisdom and insights were influenced by her early expeditions to Africa. (June)

The Spy Who Loved