Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 05/29/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/29/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE NEW CONFESSIONS A filmmaker who wants to turn philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau into a movie hero is the protagonist in William Boyd's entertaining epic of random experience and decidedly deliberate laughs. (Penguin)

PEOPLE LIKE US A Turnbull & Asser shirt is optional attire for a reading of this rambling but compassionate Dominick Dunne tale about a magazine writer who is out to avenge the murder of his daughter. (Bantam)

A LIFE Egotistical even by the standards of autobiography, film director Elia Kazan trashes Marilyn Monroe, among others, as he celebrates himself. (Anchor)

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