Notable books for the week of April 27, 1990
* Black Art: Ancestral Legacy
Dallas Museum of Art (Abrams, $45) Lavishly illustrated, this catalog for the current exhibition (in Atlanta as of May 22) demonstrates the survival of African culture in all areas of African-American art. A
* The Book of Cups
Garth Clark (Abbeville Press, paperback, $14.95) An improbable cup of tea — evidence that nearly anything looked at with signi cant ardor can yield surprises. A
* Emily L.
Marguerite Duras (Pantheon, paperback, $7.95) Another entry from the seemingly bottomless drawer of slim Duras manuscripts.
* The Fly on the Wall
Tony Hillerman (Harper, paperback, $4.95) Too much Hillerman, even early Hillerman, is not enough.
* ”I’d Love to Kiss You”: Conversations With Bette Davis
Whitney Stine (Pocket, $19.95) Tart recollections of the divine Miss D., titled after her signature line: ”I’d love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair.” B
* The Map Catalog
Edited by Joel Makower (Vintage, paperback, $16.95) Armed with this source book, you can find a map of Chattanooga’s Civil War battlefields, a nautical chart of San Francisco Bay, a cycling map of England. But can you get from Brooklyn to Queens? Yes. A-
Ron Hansen (Atlantic Monthly, paperback, $9.95) Eleven stories with a history and geography much larger than Nebraska.
* Peterson Field Guides: Western Birds
Roger Tory Peterson (Houghton Mifflin, $22.95) The bald eagle of ornithologists wings his way westward. A
* Reflections on the Way to the Gallows: Voices of Japanese Rebel Women
Translated and edited by Mikiso Hane (Pantheon, paperback, $12.95) Excerpts from the diaries, essays, and memoirs — some dating back to the mid-1800s — of Japan’s first women activists.
* The Wall Came Tumbling Down: The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Communism
Jerry Bornstein; introduction by Willy Brandt (Arch Cape Press, $12.99) The events of the last year told in pictures and what passes for prose. C-
* Where the Wasteland Ends: Politics and Transcendence in Postindustrial Society
Theodore Roszak (Celestial Arts, paperback, $14.95) A seminal text from the Zeitgeist of the ’60s, this defense of the non-rational has not aged too well. Strictly time-capsule stuff. C-