THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY By Steve Martin (Hyperion, $20) Comedic genius Martin is again set to wow his literary audience with this poignant portrayal of a troubled character named Daniel as he begins the journey from bystander to participant in his own life.

THE NOBEL BOOK OF ANSWERS Edited by Bettina Stiekel (Simon & Schuster, $15) Introduced by 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter, this acclaimed book of essays — authored by such high-profile people as the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Shimon Peres — deals with children’s practical and philosophical life questions.

ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO EAT THAT? By Robb Walsh (Counterpoint, $25) Subtitled Reflections of a Culinary Thrill Seeker, this whirlwind tour of the best (and most obscure) food the world has to offer is penned by food critic and James Beard Award winner Walsh, who writes engagingly about the people, customs, and traditions that make us all what we eat.