Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 09/05/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/05/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>YO, POE The hybrid humor of Frank Gannon's essays suggests Gary Larson's Far Side cartoons in prose form. (Penguin)

A CANNIBAL IN MANHATTAN The hero shows better taste than author Tama Janowitz. (Washington Square)

BELOVED In Toni Morrison's celebrated ghost story, a baby dies in a community of ex-slaves and later a mysterious woman appears. (Plume)

VEIL Lovers of very spooky tales will relish Bob Woodward's controversial book about the late CIA Director William Casey. (Pocket)

SPYCATCHER Appetite for secrets, moles and subversion whetted by Woodward? MI5 agent Peter Wright's book was so revealing it was banned in England. (Dell)

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