Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 07/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>A PIRATE LOOKS AT FIFTY Jimmy Buffett The fun-loving Man from Margaritaville parses his hell-bent half-century. (Random House, $24.95)

OUT OF NOWHERE Doris Mortman In this thriller, a crime photographer probes a fishy suicide, as well as her own dark past. (Kensington, $23.95)

THE ITCH Benilde Little The author of the bestselling Good Hair teases out an urbane novel about two African-American career women. (Simon & Schuster, $23)

A BEAUTIFUL MIND Sylvia Nasar A poignant bio of John Nash Jr., the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose genius was scuttled by schizophrenia. (Simon & Schuster, $25)

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