Fall is a cornucopia for readers, the moment when books that have been looked-for all through the year finally arrive in a kind of harvest-season profusion. This year, a delay in the publication of many eagerly awaited books originally slated to appear in spring means a bumper crop. But how to choose from such abundance? We can help: Here are 10 books—five new works of fiction, and five new biographies of fascinating figures—likely to be talked about through the season and beyond. Pick your own and settle in: Ripeness is all.