Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 04/10/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/10/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>PAUL ROBESON It never quite penetrates to the heart of black actor-singer Paul Robeson's life, but this biography by Martin Bauml Duberman still offers a disturbing portrait of American racism. (Knopf)

THE EDGE While the setting is a cross-Canada train trip, Dick Francis figures out how to get plenty of horseracing into the picture, in a mysterious sort of way. (Putnam)

OWNING JOLENE In Shelby Hearon's sharp contemporary novel, a teenage girl who as a child was kidnapped back and forth by divorced, well-meaning (in their own fashion) parents grows up with her sense of humor more intact than her sense of order. (Knopf)

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