Picks and Pans Review: Worth a Look

updated 05/07/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/07/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

BELOVED STRANGER Clare Boylan This novel concerns an ordinary couple—married for 50 years—whose lives are wrenched out of shape when the husband suddenly becomes manic-depressive. (Counterpoint, $24)

A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY Haven Kimmel Nicknamed for her tendency to bolt around the house, Zippy is a spunky little girl trying to puzzle through the adult world (otherwise known as 1960s Mooreland, Ind.) in this gentle memoir. (Doubleday, $21.95)

FIXER CHAO Han Ong The Philippine-born author's satiric novel skewers the so-called Beautiful People in New York City with laser-sharp accuracy. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25)

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