Rebel Rock: The Politics of Popular Music, John Street (Blackwell). Street's main gifts are common sense and brisk knowledgeability; his "detailed concern with the process of popular music is a useful corrective to the records-fall-out-of-the-sky school of rock criticism" (Tom Carson).
The Play of the Eyes, Elias Canetti; Ralph Manheim, translator (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), is not your usual autobiography. "Instead of events, gossip or history, Canetti gives us what most matters ultimately: contemplative, penetrating analyses of famous, even notorious artists, writers, and intellectuals" in Vienna from 1933-37 (Jascha Kessler).
The Grail Legend, Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz; Andrea Dykes, translator (Sigo), "is the most comprehensive book on the legends and theories, and it's enhanced by the authors' own Jungian approach, solid and thought-provoking" (Terry Atkinson).
Playing After Dark, Barbara Lazear Ascher (Doubleday). The "pungent, witty, evocative and touching" essays collected here "comprise an update on what it's like to be a writer, a wife and a mother living through the feminist revolution and the batterings of daily urban living" (Carol Ames).