January 26, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Drinking with Bukowski Edited by Daniel Weizmann (Thunder’s Mouth Press, $15.95, first published in 2000) This toast to Charles Bukowski brims with reminiscences from Raymond Carver and an interview between the poet and Sean Penn.

Miss Wyoming Douglas Coupland (Vintage, $13, 1999) A movie mogul desperately pursues a beauty queen-turned-actress in a frothy novel from the author who coined the term Generation X.

Slab Rat Ted Heller (Scribner, $13, 2000) Based on his years of magazine experience, Heller paints a hellish but hilarious picture of life at a glossy.

Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny Robert Wright (Vintage, $15, 2000) The author of The Moral Animal convincingly argues that history is not directionless but an orderly process of ”cultural evolution.”

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