October 17, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

”When the snow was still up over my head in our hometown of Chicago, my mother would appear in a hat made of cherries. From the neck down she’d be in her winter fur coat, but her head would be like a harbinger of spring.” From Secrets of a Fashion Therapist, by Betty Halbreich with Sally Wadyka (Cliff Street Books, $25)

”I have no idea how an apple tree works. The quiet machine beneath the bark is quite beyond my ken.” From The Underground Man, by Mick Jackson (Morrow, $22)

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