Teenage Romance: Or How to Die of Embarrassment, by Delia Ephron with drawings by Edward Koren (Ballantine, $7.25). For all those who loved How to Eat Like a Child here's more from Delia Ephron. This time she chronicles with hilarious accuracy the painful rites of passage every adolescent must face -- like buying a suit in a department store with one's mother and seeing a classmate across the room, just as the tailor starts to adjust the pants inseam. Edward Koren's cartoons add just the right touch of whimsy. One just wishes there were more of them.
The Selected Letters of Lewis Carroll, edited by Morton N. Cohen with the assistance of Roger Lancelyn Green (Pantheon, $7.95). These are, of course, the letters of that eminent Victorian and splendid eccentric, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, selected from the definitive edition of his letters published in 1978 by Oxford University Press. As everyone knows, Dodgson was the shy Oxford mathematician, generous friend, daring photographer and author -- under the nom de plume of Lewis Carroll -- of those unequaled classics, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, by Clayborne Carson (Harvard, $8.95). In this study, which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians, a Stanford history professor examines the radical cutting edge of civil rights movement of the '60s, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (whose acronym was pronounced "snick"). Under the leadership of Stokely Carmichael, SNCC members were the shock troops of the movement in the Deep South. After the big battles were won, however, SNCC withered away, torn by internal dissension.
Don't Blame the Kids: The Trouble With America's Public Schools, by Gene I. Maeroff (McGraw-Hill, $6.95). Maeroff, education writer for The New York Times, has written a no-nonsense account of what is wrong with American public education today: the failure of efforts to fix America's social problems in the classroom; the charade of minimum competency testing; the mixed results of teacher unionism, and much more..