By EW Staff
November 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Reservation Road John Burnham Schwartz (Vintage, $13, first published in 1998) Mesmerizing novel about two families brought together by the aftereffects of a horrific car accident.

The Rum Diary Hunter S. Thompson (Scribner, $12, 1998) Published for the first time last year, this novel by the then-twentysomething author tells the debauched tale of a young journalist in Puerto Rico.

The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque Joyce Carol Oates (Plume, $12.95, 1998) Oates’ spooky anthology explores the macabre in everyday life.

Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer (Anchor, $13, 1997) Lucid, wrenching report of an ill-fated Mount Everest expedition is rereleased with a new afterword by Krakauer, who answers challenges to his reporting accuracy in Anatoli Boukreev’s 1997 book The Climb.

Blindness Jose Saramago (Harcourt Brace, $14, 1997) Saramago, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, chronicles the residents of a city in chaos.