Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/03/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>LEGACY OF SILENCE Belva Plain

An impetuous tryst between a German youth and a Jewish girl provides a dramatic framework for this romantic saga of two sisters who flee World War II Berlin for the U.S.—only to pass on their darkest secret. By the bestselling author of Homecoming. (Delacorte, $24.95)

ARE YOU SOMEBODY Nuala O'Faolain In this evocative memoir, a prominent Dublin newspaper columnist traces her adult battles with alcoholism and depression back to the second-class treatment of women in Irish society. (Holt, $21)

EXCALIBUR Bernard Cornwell Medieval times burst to life in Cornwell's canny retelling of the King Arthur myth. In this final installment of the popular Warlord Chronicles, a refreshingly flesh-and-blood Arthur fights off the Saxons as well as depression over his rocky marriage to Guinevere. (St. Martin's, $24.95)

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