Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 09/07/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/07/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE MERMAIDS SINGING Lisa Carey Three generations of Irish women reconcile past and present in this ethereal debut novel. (Bard, $22)

SUMMER OF DELIVERANCE Christopher Dickey A bittersweet memoir by the son of James Dickey, the tormented poet and novelist. (Simon & Schuster, $24)

SUITS ME Diane Wood Middlebrook A bio of Billy Tipton, a nameless jazz musician until his death, when it was learned he was actually a she. (Houghton Mifflin, $25)

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