As the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, the urge to curl up with a good book grows stronger. Plenty of volumes to satisfy the urge, many by acknowledged heavy hitters, are on their way to a bookstore near you - and already can be ordered online.

The novel everyone has an eye on is Marilynne Robinson's Home - it revisits the Iowa town that gave its name to her Pulitzer-winning Gilead - but veterans Philip Roth, John Updike and John Barth have been writing away as well. Speaking of veterans, terrorism and globalization continue to help John Le Carré get over the collapse of the Soviet Union.

On the nonfiction side, there's something for everyone - unvarnished looks at V. S. Naipaul and John Lennon, epic accounts of neglected explorers, Bob Woodward yet again on George W. Bush, Julian Barnes on his family, himself, God and mortality. And much more.

So settle down, curl up, and read away.