AUDREY Alexander Walker (St. Martin’s, $15.95, first published in 1994) Meticulous, fact-filled, but detached account of prototypically gamine star Hepburn.

AMERICAN PASTORAL Philip Roth (Vintage, $14, 1997) Glove manufacturer’s patriotic bubble is burst by his murderous daughter. Ambitious, compassionate fiction that ranks with Portnoy’s Complaint.

NECESSARY MADNESS Jenn Crowell (Warner, $6.99, 1997) Sensitive debut novel about a woman rebuilding her life after her husband dies of leukemia.