The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell [Random House, $25]
Very few people can write novels as ambitious and crowd-pleasing as David Mitchell's. In what might be his boldest book yet, the author of Cloud Atlas delivers a historical epic about a Dutch accountant's adventures in feudal Japan. (June 29)

War, by Sebastian Junger [Twelve, $27]
The Perfect Storm author obviously has a thing for men in danger. In his long-awaited account of the 15 months he spent embedded with a U.S. platoon in eastern Afghanistan, he takes on the modern-day soldier. (May 11)

My Queer War, by James Lord [Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27]
With all the talk about "Don't ask, don't tell," you'd think that gays had never served in the military before. In this memoir of his army days in forties Europe, art critic James Lord reveals a side of World War II you've never seen on the History Channel. (April 27)

Wilson, by Daniel Clowes [Drawn and Quarterly, $22]
In this darkly hilarious story of death, prostitution, and kidnapping, the Ghost World cartoonist dissects the pathetic life of an all-American asshole using a series of expertly crafted one-page comic strips. (May 5)

Imperial Bedrooms, by Bret Easton Ellis [Knopf, $25]
The characters from Ellis' breakthrough novel, Less Than Zero, have routinely reappeared in his subsequent books, and now he has written a full-blown sequel: Twenty-five years later, those hedonistic rich kids are facing middle age in cutthroat Hollywood. (June 15)

Role Models, by John Waters [Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25]
The cult director's memoirs are always so witty and pleasurable that you want to read whole chapters aloud. This time, he chronicles his encounters with Little Richard, Baltimore bar culture, and gay-for-pay porn. (May 25)

Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart [Random House, $25]
The satirist author of Absurdistan rewrites 1984 as a black comedy set in a near future where everything scary about multinational banks, media super-saturation, and American cultural devolution is amped up to 11 (and really funny). (July 27)

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