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The Egghead's Christmas

December 05, 1993|DOUG DUTTON | Doug Dutton, owner of Dutton's Brentwood Books, is currently writing a dramatic oratorio on the trial of Galileo

ATLAS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, by Margaret Oliphant (Simon and Schuster: $40; 220 pp.) THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1993 edited by Joseph Epstein (Ticknor and Fields: $21.95 cloth, $10.95 paper, 378 pp.) THE CAMBRIDGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HUMAN EVOLUTION edited by Steve Jones et. al. (Cambridge University Press: $95; 506 pp.) THE CULTIVATION OF HATRED by Peter Gay (W.W. Norton: $30; 685 pp.) THE DICTIONARY OF WORD ORIGIN by John Ayto (Arcade: $29.95; 583 pp.) EROTIC LITERATURE: 24 Centuries of Sensual Writing edited by Jane Mills (HarperCollins: $30; 376 pp.) THE EVOLVING SELF: A Psychology for the Third Millennium by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (HarperCollins: $25; 358 pp.) FROM SO SIMPLE A BEGINNING: The Book of Evolution by Philip Whitfield (Macmillan: $40; 220 pp.) THE HISTORY OF HELL by Alice K. Turner (Harcourt Brace: $29.95; 275 pp.) THE HISTORY OF WOMEN: Emerging Feminism From Revolution to World War by Genevieve Fraisse and Michelle Perrot (Harvard University Press: $29.95; 640 pp.) THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD by J.M. Roberts (Oxford University Press: $45; 952 pp.) HOW DOES ASPIRIN FIND THE HEADACHE? by David Feldman (HarperCollins: $20; 270 pp.) THE INTERNET DIRECTORY by Eric Braun (Fawcett: $25 paper; 704 pp.) LET THE SEA MAKE A NOISE by Walter A. McDougell (Basic Books: $30; 793 pp.) METAMORPHOSES OF OVID: A New Verse Translation by Allen Mandelbaum (Harcourt Brace: $40; 59 pp.) THE NARIOKOTOME HOMO ERECTUS SKELETON by Alan Walker and Richard Leakey (Harvard University Press: $125; 458 pp.) PERTINENT PLAYERS: Essays on the Literary Life by Joseph Epstein (W.W. Norton: $24.95; 414 pp.) POISONED EMBRACE: A Brief History of Sexual Pessimism by Lawrence Osborne (Pantheon: $21; 242 pp.) THE SMITHSONIAN TIMELINES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD by Chris Scarre (Dorling Kindersley: $49; 256 pp.) WHAT JANE AUSTEN ATE AND CHARLES DICKENS KNEW by David Pool (Simon and Schuster: $25; 416 pp.) WHEN IS A PIG A HOG? by Bernice Randall (Prentice Hall: $10, paper; 328 pp.)

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