Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 07/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/13/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE PILOT'S WIFE Anita Shreve A plane goes down and, with it, the illusion of a happy marriage in this taut novel by the acclaimed author of The Weight of Water. (Little, Brown, $23.95)

FORTUNES OF WAR Stephen Coonts From the master of the techno-thriller (Flight of the Intruder), a gripping tale of a new Russo-Japanese war. (St. Martin's, $24.95)

FAMILY MAN Calvin Trillin When it comes to dry humor, Trillin rules: Here he trains his bemused eye on the joys and pains of child-rearing. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $20)

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