THE HUNDRED BROTHERS Donald Antrim (Vintage, $12, first published in 1997) Slim, fantastical, blackly humorous tale of a modern-day family of seriously biblical proportions.

THE GIFT OF FEAR Gavin de Becker (Dell, $6.99, 1997) How to trust the alarm bells in your head and ward off danger, by a security consultant to the stars.

USED AND RARE: TRAVELS IN THE BOOK WORLD Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone (St. Martin’s, $11.95, 1997) Fetching account of two married novelists who learn the agony and the ecstasy of collecting old books.