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updated 08/20/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/20/1990 01:00AM

>CAPITAL CRIMES Perfunctory prose aside, Lawrence Sanders's tale of a Rasputin-like faith healer running amok in Potomac power circles may leave you feeling mildly diverted. (Berkley)

LEAVING BROOKLYN A teenager whose eye condition leads her to a corrective lens and an affair with an ophthalmologist narrates Lynne Sharon Schwartz's meditative, evocative coming-of-age novel set in 1940s Brooklyn. (Contemporary American Fiction)

SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS

John Updike writes, therefore he is, critics have variously said: famous, annoying, urbane, sexist, imaginative, boring. In this collection of autobiographical musings, he adds a number of his own descriptions—craftsman, disciplined, moral, for example—to the list. (Fawcett)

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