Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE BEGINNER'S BOOK OF DREAMS In a novel of a girl growing up in New York in a world of wishful thinking, white lies and broken promises, Elizabeth Benedict reflects on the resiliency of hope. (Knopf)

BLUE BLOOD Craig Unger's biography of ballet patron Rebekah Harkness shows a woman who had everything money could buy except talent—and tried to buy that too. (Morrow)

THE BOOK AND THE BROTHERHOOD A reunion at Oxford turns into a snarl of violence and romantic misadventure in deft storytelling by Iris Murdoch. (Viking)

DANGEROUS DOSSIERS Herbert Mitgang's book, taken largely from FBI files from the 1920s to the '60s, says the Bureau, aided by such informers as Ronald Reagan, kept up an obsessive surveillance of artists and writers. (Fine)

IRELAND Photographs edited by Red Saunders and Syd Shelton create a portrait filled with beauty and trouble. (David & Charles)

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