Critical Mass

Noteworthy new book releases for October.

Karin Sullivan scours the cafés, parks, museums, and bookstores of the Windy City in Chicago’s 50 Best Places to Find Peace and Quiet (Universe Publishing; $14.95)

Staring at Sound (Broadway Books; $14.95) examines the rise of neopsychedelic indie rockers the Flaming Lips, by the Chicago Sun-Times’s pop music critic Jim DeRogatis

The Chicago decorator and “Oprah Winfrey Show” style guru Nate Berkus offers tips in Home Rules (Hyperion; $27.95)

Chicagoan and Notre Dame alum Scott Eden delves into the fanaticism surrounding Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish with the story of the tumultuous 2004 football season in Touchdown Jesus (Simon & Schuster; $23)

Former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan pens a memoir titled Driven From Within, written with Nike’s vice president of special projects, Tinker Hatfield (Atria Books; $35)

In a book of his trademark minimalist cartoons, Chicago native John Porcellino tackles the pain and excitement of the pivotal summer before college in Perfect Example (Drawn & Quarterly; $16.95)

In Chicago in Maps (Rizzoli; $50), Robert Holland, an avid collector, shares 74 rare historical maps of the city.