Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life by Berel Lang (Yale University Press, 192 pages, November 26)
Italian Jew, chemist, and Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi wrote some of the most poignant fiction and nonfiction dealing with the horror and tragedy of World War II. Lang, in this short biography, portrays Levi as an "innovative moral thinker" who fused his science background and writing to explore what it means to be human.
Want Not by Jonathan Miles (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 400 pages, November 5)
A humorous and thoroughly contemporary novel about three intersecting lives and the desires and "wants" that drive them all.
The Hunter and Other Stories by Dashiell Hammett, ed. Julie M. Rivett & Richard Layman (Mysterious Press, 256 pages, November 4)
Here we have the "best of ... Hammett's unfamiliar treasures," recently rescued from archives and film-industry files, along with some of his best known work. The stories included here show that Hammett's talent extended far beyond the hardboiled detective fiction that he pioneered and for which he is most known.