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  • All The Pretty Fishes CAROLINE FRASER, Caroline Fraser is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, among other publications.

  • Between Being and Nothingness LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN, Lesley Chamberlain is the author of, most recently, "The Secret Artist: A Close Reading of Sigmund Freud" and "Nietzsche in Turin."

  • To the editor: In an otherwise interesting review...

  • Paper or Plastic ALEX SOOJUNG-KIM PANG, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a research manager at the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, and the author of "Empire and the Sun: Victorian Solar Eclipse Expeditions."

  • -- Southern California Rating FICTION...

  • Discoveries SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS

  • First Fiction MARK ROZZO

  • Calling It as They See It RICHARD SCHICKEL, Richard Schickel is the author of "Matinee Idylls" and reviews movies for Time magazine. His latest documentary, "Woody Allen: A Life in Film," premieres May 4 on Turner Classic Movies.

  • Coulda Shoulda Woulda WANDA COLEMAN, Wanda Coleman is a recipient of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was a bronze-medal finalist in the 2001 National Book Awards for "Mercurochrome: New Poems" (Black Sparrow Press).

  • Los Angeles Times Bestsellers / April 14, 2002

  • Parting the Waters MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.

  • The Great White Hope TONY PLATT, Tony Platt is a professor of social work at Cal State Sacramento and is researching the history of the Huntington Library.

  • The Little Screen DANIEL YERGIN, Daniel Yergin is the co-author with Joseph Stanislaw of "The Commanding Heights." He received the Pulitzer Prize for "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power." The third part of "The Commanding Heights" airs this Wednesday on PBS.

  • Making Peace ADAM HILL, Adam Hill is a professor of writing and literature at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

  • Los Angeles Times Children's Bestsellers

  • The Way We Live Now MERLE RUBIN, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.

  • Mandate of Heaven WARREN I. COHEN, Warren I. Cohen is the author of "America's Response to China," "East Asia at the Center" and, most recently, "The Asian American Century." He is professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • Four Questions for Richard Flanagan SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS

  • What She Saw at the Revolution MELVIN JULES BUKIET, Melvin Jules Bukiet is the author of "Strange Fire: A Novel" and the editor of "Nothing Makes You Free: Writings by Descendants of Jewish Holocaust Survivors." He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

  • Books for Kids Reviews are provided to Book Review by Publishers Weekly, where they first appeared. Copyright 2002, Publishers Weekly.

  • American Gothic THOMAS CURWEN, Thomas Curwen is the deputy editor of Book Review.

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