Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 03/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

>THE DISCOVERY OF CHOCOLATE James Runcie Chocoholics not sated by Chocolat (book or film) will savor this novel, which sends its hero through time and space (from Vienna to Hershey, Pa.), reveling in the taste of life. (HarperCollins, $25)

THE BLACK MADONNA Louisa Ermelino Picture it: Little Italy, New York City, 1948. This novel, an Italian version of The Joy Luck Club, shows how three old ladies hew to traditions of the old country in the one they have adopted. (Simon & Schuster, $23)

AN AMERICAN FAMILY Jon and Michael Galluccio The gay authors, dads of three, tell of their successful real-life struggle to change a New Jersey law that forbade couples who are not officially married to adopt children. (St. Martin's, $24.95)

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