Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>MOTHER MADE A MAN OUT OF ME Karen Karbo Two Oregon women exchange wry observations on the foibles of pregnancy and birth in a comic work of fiction. (Bloomsbury, $23.95)

IN THE NAME OF SALOMÉ Julia Alvarez In this enchanting novel, the author of In the Time of Butterflies contrasts the lives of a famous poet and her daughter, who is a mousy closet lesbian. (Algonquin, S23.95)

AN AMERICAN ALBUM Edited by Lewis H. Lapham and Ellen Rosenbush From Mark Twain to Alice Walker: 150 years of gems from Harper's magazine. (Franklin Square, $50)

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