By EW Staff
Updated October 22, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

‘Slow Motion’ by Dani Shapiro
Harcourt Brace, $13, first published in 1998
Emotion-filled memoir details the author’s journey from self-absorbed actress to mature writer after her parents’ car accident.

‘Family Outing’ by Chastity Bono, with Billie Fitzpatrick
Back Bay, $14.95, 1998
Intermittently fascinating coming-out-of-the-closet account by Sonny and Cher’s daughter.

‘The Woody’ by Peter Lefcourt
Pocket, $14, 1998
A Vermont senator makes a scandal-filled bid for reelection in this appealing political satire.

‘Dawn Powell’ by Tim Page
Owl, $16, 1998
Intriguing bio that draws heavily from Powell’s sparkling diaries.