Picks and Pans Review: Furthermore

updated 02/10/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/10/1997 01:00AM

>PEOPLE CONNECTIONS

GOOD HAIR, by Benilde Little In this first novel, which shot to the top of the Blackboard List of African-American Bestsellers (published by Essence), Little, a former PEOPLE reporter, examines the caste consciousness of the black bourgeoisie. (Simon & Schuster, $22)

NAMING THE NEW WORLD, by Calvin Baker Making his fiction debut, PEOPLE staff writer Baker spins a multigenerational saga about one African-American family's journey from pre-slavery to the present. (St. Martin's, $18.95)

GUIDED TOURS OF HELL, by Francine Prose These two novellas by PEOPLE reviewer Prose portray Americans confronting hard truths while far away from home. (Metropolitan, $23)

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