Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 10/17/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE TIDEWATER TALES John Barth's Chinese box of a novel offers stories within stories within a novel about a couple on a sailboat named, what else, Story. (Fawcett/Columbine)

DON'T TREAD ON ME Editor Prudence Crowther compiled this collection that proves S.J. Perelman should be noted for his letters as well as his witty essays. (Penguin)

MISERY ...is (1) a state of suffering; (2) something that loves company; (3) Stephen King's vaguely autobiographical novel about an injured writer and a psychotic fan; (4) all of the above. (Signet/NAL)

THE DOG OBSERVED Diane Arbus, Robert Capa and William Wegman photographs are among the 108 images that bring editor Ruth Silverman's captivating study of man's best friend into focus. (Chronicle)

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