Ry Cooder

City Lights, $15.95, paper

The famed musician offers a quirky love letter to a bygone era in the City of Angels.

Lost Memory of Skin

A Novel

Russell Banks

Ecco, $25.99

Released from jail after having sex with an underage girl, the character the Kid settles under a causeway with other convicted sex offenders and tries to start his life over.

A Man of Parts

A Novel

David Lodge

Viking, $26.95

Near the end of his life, an ailing H.G. Wells looks back on his wives and mistresses, his politics and the literary career in which he invented our future.

The Marriage Plot

A Novel

Jeffrey Eugenides

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28

Eugenides, the author of Middlesex, offers a novel centered on a love triangle among recent Ivy League graduates.

Men in the Making