Picks and Pans Review: Critic's Choice

updated 10/24/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>The Ragman's Son At 71, Kirk Douglas stars in a vain, vulgar, volcanic, touching, candid and oh-so-readable autobiography. (Simon and Schuster)

Libra Don DeLillo embroiders fact with fiction in this chilling reconstruction of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination. (Viking)

A Far Cry from Kensington A master of perception and precision, Muriel Spark lets loose a delectable menagerie of characters in postwar literary London. (Houghton Mifflin)

The Sisterhood Marcia Cohen offers vivid profiles of the women who invented the women's movement in this sassy cultural history. (Simon and Schuster)

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