Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 08/07/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/07/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>PICTURE THIS Not even Joseph Heller's sarcastic wit can turn this funky novel about Rembrandt's painting of Aristotle and Dutch prosperity, among other things, into more than disjointed musings. (Ballantine)

NORA: THE REAL LIFE OF MOLLY BLOOM James Joyce immortalized his wife Nora in Ulysses; Brenda Maddox sees her as a dominated but underestimated woman in this revealing biography. (Fawcett Columbine)

ZOYA

Oh, boya—here's another Danielle Steel heroine with a will of iron and a heart of oatmeal. A countess who flees Russia during the Revolution, she ends up a tragedy-laden, glamour puss New York clothier. (Dell)

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