Germany Today, a Personal Report, Walter Laqueur (Little, Brown). "(Walter) Laqueur has produced an interesting and generally sensible work with the balance and good judgment missing in other works on a subject that continues to inflame passions 40 years after Hitler's death" (Harry Trimborn).
Still Life, Antonia Byatt (Scribner's). "Centering around an English family made up of teachers and curates, madmen and artists . . this is a novel about creation. . . . The sheer poetry of (Antonia) Byatt's language makes the world new to us. Generation, regeneration and the progress of life toward death all become real on the page" (Brett Singer).
A Small Town, Shelby Hearon (Atheneum) follows the life of Alma van der Linden after she marries her high school principal. . . . (Shelby Hearon) suggests--correctly, and often beautifully--that small-town life is a continuous loop, that things always change and are always the same" (James Kaufmann).
Isak Dinesen's Africa, Isak Dinesen and contributors (Sierra Club) is "a stunning scrapbook, not a substitute for the original works but a fine companion piece . . . a particularly seductive introduction to the life and work of an extraordinary writer" (Elaine Kendall).