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DISGRACE J.M. Coetzee (Penguin, $13, first published in 1999) A father and daughter clash against the tense backdrop of modern-day South Africa in this Booker Prize-winning novel.

GALILEO’S DAUGHTER Dava Sobel (Penguin, $14, 1999) The author of Longitude crafts a lovely historical memoir about the 17th-century astronomer and his illegitimate daughter.

MY CAT SPIT MCGEE Willie Morris (Vintage, $11, 1999) The late Harper’s editor, a confirmed dog lover, realizes there’s room in his life for one eccentric cat with mismatched eyes.

THE NEW NEW THING Michael Lewis (Penguin, $13, 1999) From the man who wrote Liar’s Poker comes the compulsively readable tale of Jim Clark — the high-rolling founder of Netscape.