Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 07/25/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/25/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>QUINN'S BOOK Ironweed author William Kennedy spins an eccentric Civil War-era fable of a teenage boy learning about love, death and the complications of utter devotion. (Viking)

CAPOTE: A BIOGRAPHY With honesty and sensitivity, Gerald Clarke examines a life whose only constant was contradiction. (Simon and Schuster)

BAD BEHAVIOR Mary Gaitskill's first book of short stories introduces a lot of intriguing people you'd never want your child, sibling or remotely likable cousin to marry. (Poseidon)

THE YELLOW WIND Novelist David Grossman's nonfiction study of the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians is an absorbing look at a tragic problem. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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