MILES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe (Simon & Schuster; $21.95). An as-told-to memoir by a protean genius of modern jazz who played with Bird, Diz and countless other legends. With all the uglies -- drugs, booze, women betrayed -- writ large.
BIG SUGAR by Alec Wilkinson (Knopf; $18.95). Every winter, roughly 10,000 West Indian men go to harvest sugarcane by hand in South Florida. The author decided to see how these migrants earn their pay and came back with a story more bitter than sweet.
WARTIME by Paul Fussell (Oxford University; $19.95). Humankind, wrote T.S. Eliot, cannot...