Nicholson Baker

Five years ago, Joseph Makkos made a splash with an essay in the Atlantic about how he acquired a sizable collection of vintage New Orleans newspapers for free through a Craigslist ad. He created a company called NOLA DNA, arranged for storage of the collection (kept by the previous owner in 30,000 airtight tubes), and began working on how best to save and showcase its content.

A little bit of something for everyone with this quartet--solid nonfiction, a scholarly biography, a charming novel, a new selection of poetry from the work of a grand master. Fall, indeed, is here, and the new releases not only are plentiful, but remarkably rich, surprisingly so, given all this noise we've been hearing lately about good books being in decline, and publishers cutting back on their lists. Can't prove it by me.