High Rise Stories by Audrey Petty (McSweeney's) In the tradition of Studs Turkel, "High Rise Stories" puts a human face on Chicago's now demolished housing projects. Former residents of Cabrini-Green, Henry Horner and Robert Taylor share their first-person accounts of their hopes and struggles with poverty, gentrification and displacement.


My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles, edited by Peter Biskind (Metropolitan) Culled from long-lost tapes, this book captures the legendary director in unguarded lunchtime conversations with independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom, a friend of his.

The Longest Road by Philip Caputo (Henry Holt) Ride along with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Rumor of War," who in 2011 at age 70, packed up his wife and two English setters and set off from Key West, Fla., to Deadhorse, Alaska, (the southernmost and northernmost points of the United States reachable by road) to gain an understanding of what holds the country together.

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner (Simon & Schuster) In this posthumously published tell-all, screen goddess Ava Gardner dishes about her husbands — Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra — and lovers Howard Hughes and George C. Scott.


Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Scribner) In this eagerly anticipated sequel to "The Shining," middle-aged Dan Torrance, the young boy in the original story, must save a 12-year-old girl with a supernatural gift who is being pursued by "a tribe of murderous paranormals."

Publication date to be announced

Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (Penguin) HBO has acquired the rights to this chronicle of the 2012 presidential election by the authors of the best-seller "Game Change."

Donald Liebenson writes features with an emphasis on culture, community and entertainment. He lives in Highland Park.