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1'Tis, by Frank McCourt (Simon & Schuster, $26). The sequel to Angela's Ashes finds McCourt back in New York struggling to get an education and a job.

2 Gap Creek, by Robert Morgan (Algonquin, $22.95). A young Appalachian girl suffers through the tribulations of her first year of marriage during the turn of the 20th century.

3 Plainsong, by Kent Haruf (Knopf, $24). A group of small-town Colorado inhabitants begin to see things in a different light when a new schoolteacher comes to town.

4 Adventures with Old Houses, by Richard Jenrette (Wyrick, $60). Jenrette shares his experiences restoring some of America's most historically significant dwellings.

4 The Dress Lodger, by Sheri Holman (Atlantic Monthly, $24). A 15-year-old prostitute in early 19th-century England promises a young doctor a supply of dead bodies in exchange for treatment of her ailing child.


1 The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper, $14). Baptist missionary Nathan Price takes his wife and four daughters to a remote village in the Belgian Congo in 1955.

2The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester (Harper, $13). Historical account of the collaboration of certified lunatic W.C. Minor with Professor James Murray to create the Oxford English Dictionary.

3 The Testament, by John Grisham (Bantam, $7.99). An eccentric lawyer wills his fortune to surprising beneficiaries.

4 The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead (Anchor, $11.95). An elevator inspector fights to validate her work methods after an elevator crash calls her techniques into question.

5 The Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve (Little Brown, $13.95). A pilot's wife, attempting to clear her husband's name after a plane crash, discovers that she didn't know him at all.

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