Even with the busy pace of fall starting it is not too late to take time to enjoy a favorite book now in paperback.
"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" (William Morrow, $14.99) is by the famous musical outlaw Willie Nelson. He has recorded more than a hundred albums in 60 years and is still going strong on the concert tours. The book is not unlike sitting on Nelson's front porch in Texas listening to him spin tall tales about his family, religion, politics, music and whatever else comes to his mind. Poetry, sketches and photos make this a warm and genuine look at country western's famous bad boy of the road.
"I'm Your Man" (Ecco, $16.99) by Sylvie Simmons is a look at a very different singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen. His "Suzanne" was a major anthem of the 1960's and his poetry has influenced everyone from Bob Dylan to Philip Glass. Cohen was a writer before he became a musician and this training shows in his lyrics and subject matter. The enigmatic troubadour disappeared in the 1990's into a remote monastery. When he emerged he was penniless and forced, at 73, to tour again.
"The Honest Truth about Dishonesty" by Dan Ariely (the original is reviewed at length in an earlier posting) explains why everyone lies and how to recognize the lies.
"Appetite for Life" (HarperOne, $17.99) by Stacey Antine is a combination cookbook and advice manual for parents who want to get their children to eat healthily.
Four novels round out the list.
"Telegraph Avenue" (HarperPerennial, $16.99) by Michael Chabon captures life on the busy street connecting the Berkeley-Oakland border.
"The Mirrored World" (Harper) by Debra Dean is set in 18th century St. Petersburg, Russia and honors Xenia, a little known member of the gentry who came to be one of the poor and protected her new community.
"Mrs. Queen Takes the Train" (Harper, $14.99) is William Kuhn's successful first novel. The tongue-in-cheek commentary gives a highly personal and unorthodox face to the British monarchy. Though impossible, the events are fun and the characters make readers long for similar quirkiness in the real Royals.
"The Bride Wore Size 12" (William Morrow, $14.99) is by bestselling author Meg Cabot. Heather is assistant residence director at New York College. One of her assistants turns up dead after a party and Heather adds this to a list of growing troubles: planning her own wedding, placating a major donor to the college and coping with an unexpected visit from her estranged mother.