WEAVEWORLD by Clive Barker (Pocket: $4.95). An ordinary man accepts the Herculean task of saving a place, Fugre, and people, the Seerkind, from a huckster and his accomplice, who plan to sell them to the highest bidder.
FIRST LIGHT by Charles Baxter (Penguin: $6.95). Beginning on the Fourth of July in Michigan, Baxter takes us from adulthood to childhood in the sibling relationship between a brother who is a car salesman and his younger sister who is an astrophysicist.
OATH OF OFFICE by Steven J. Kirsch (Fawcett/Crest: $3.95). What would happen if the President-elect were kidnaped before taking office? Kirsch focuses on a scenario based on an ambivalent section of the 20th Amendment governing such a succession.
LONIGAN by Louis L’Amour (Bantam: $3.50). Six stories of Texas cattle drives preceded by the author’s comments on a particular aspect of western life, e.g. rustling, saloons, bunkhouses.
KALEIDOSCOPE by Danielle Steel (Dell: $5.50). Three sisters, separated at birth, long to be reunited throughout their lives. John Chapman, a powerful and determined lawyer, is the linchpin to their costly wish.
WOMAN IN THE MISTS: The Story of Dian Fossey and the Mountain Gorillas of Africa by Farley Mowat (Warner Books: $10.95). Mowat, using Fossey’s daily journals, letters, published and unpublished writings, synthesizes her singular struggle to save an endangered species of African gorillas.
THE BIG STORE: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears by Donald Katz (Penguin: $9.95). Unfolding of what went on inside to revitalize the Sears image on the outside.
THE EDEN EXPRESS by Mark Vonnegut (Laurel: $4.95). Vonnegut’s triumph over being diagnosed schizophrenic as a young man. He relates how he overcame the disease, emerged from his famous father’s shadow and went on to become a doctor.
THE MASK OF COMMAND by John Keegan (Penguin: $7.95). Keegan’s historical analysis of four famous leaders: Alexander the Great, Ulysses S. Grant, the Duke of Wellington and Hitler.
MY LIFE AS A GAL by Alice Kahn (Dell: $7.95). Compilation of syndicated columnist’s perspicacious views of contemporary life coupled with a sly wit.
SELFHELP / REFERENCE
EAT THIS ... IT’LL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER by Dom DeLuise (Pocket: $8.95). DeLuise shares his mother’s and famous friends’ Italian home cooking. To ensure that you catch his infectious good humor, DeLuise sprinkles the book with childhood anecdotes and pictures.
THE 100 BEST TREATMENT CENTERS FOR ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE by Linda Sunshine and John W. Wright (Avon: $10.95). About 20 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. Sunshine and Wright comb through 750 treatments centers to select what they think are the best based on the prescribed programs and successful patient recovery rate.