Simon & Schuster, $25.99
A candid accounting from the actor who reconstructed two Hollywood archetypes in "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files."
An American Life
John Lewis Gaddis
Penguin Press, $39.95
The authorized biography of the seminal U.S. Cold War diplomat, 30 years in the making.
The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America
Winkler, a UCLA professor, uses the landmark Columbia vs. Heller case as a springboard for a thorough examination of the gun control debate.
Essays and Criticism
Alfred A. Knopf, $40
Perhaps best known as a novelist, Updike's essays and criticism show his masterful touch in those forms as well.
Holidays in Heck
Grove Atlantic, $24
Looks at Caravaggio, Rin Tin Tin and Ike's White House years are among the top picks.
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