MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL John Berendt (Vintage, $12, first published in 1994) True-crime story meets travel book in this delightful, Savannah-set best-seller about a menagerie of colorful Southern personalities.
PACK OF TWO Caroline Knapp (Delta, $12.95, 1998) Thoughtful look at the relationship between the author and her loyal canine, Lucille.
LOVE: A USER’S GUIDE Clare Naylor (Fawcett, $12.95, 1999) Slick novel follows clever fashion underling Amy, who falls into a real-life romance with a movie hunk.
JUST AS I THOUGHT Grace Paley (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $13, 1998) Illuminating series of autobiographical essays from poet, author, and activist Paley.
MY HEART LAID BARE Joyce Carol Oates (Plume, $13.95, 1998) Charismatic con artists star in a novel exploring family dynamics and criminal aptitude.
CUPID AND DIANA Christina Bartolomeo (Scribner, $11) Charming romance about the 30ish owner of a vintage clothing shop.