The International Garage Sale, Stefan Kanfer (Norton). "Ideal for reading face down into the sand," the book, a satire of national idiosyncrasy and political folly, is "crammed with one- or two-liners guaranteed to amuse whoever is sharing your blanket" (Elaine Kendall).
Unknown California, Jonathan Eisen, David Fine, editors (Collier). An anthology of vivid reportage, speculations, satire and dissent reflecting the editors' vision of the California gestalt: an "encounter between promise and betrayal, fable and reality, expectation and actuality" (Norman Corwin).
The Artful Dodger, Tommy Lasorda, David Fisher (Arbor House). There are no revelations, only "an uninterrupted lode of anecdotes," but "in the end, even a Dodger-hater, in spite of himself, feels compelled to wish well to this profane and irrepressible pumpkin" (Dick Roraback).
A Perfect Peace, Amos Oz (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich). Confronts the generational conflicts troubling Israel today: the young coldly realistic; the elders desperately struggling to maintain their faith in a receding ideal. "A novel of character, shaped but not submerged by social and political crises" (Elaine Kendall).