Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 09/21/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/21/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>PURE DRIVEL Steve Martin The comedian offers a short, antic collection of sketches he calls "after-dinner mints to the big meal of literature." Titles include "Lolita at Fifty," "Bad Dog" and "The Sledgehammer: How It Works." (Hyperion, $19.95)

NOW YOU SEE HER Linda Howard Steamy romance morphs into murder mystery in this follow-up to the popular Kill and Tell, as a sexy Manhattan painter named Paris Sweeney discovers unexpected psychic powers. (Pocket Books, $23)

THE VOYAGE OF THE NARWHAL Andrea Barrett A mid-19th-century expedition to the Arctic frames an adventure and love story by the author of Ship Fever, which won the 1996 National Book Award for fiction. (Norton, $24.95)

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