07/17/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT
>COLTER Rick Bass Subtitled The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had, this fetching tale chronicles the life of the author's German shorthaired pointer. (Houghton Mifflin, $22).
FROM DAWN TO DECADENCE Jacques Barzun Written in delightfully clear, accessible language, this is an engaging and provocative account of 500 years of Western culture, by a masterly historian. (HarperCollins, $36)
CARP FISHING ON VALIUM Graham Parker The acclaimed singer and songwriter has put out a collection of short stories, some dealing with the rock and roll biz. (St. Martin's, $22.95)