THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, by Anne Tyler. In the story of Baltimore's Macon Leary, devastated by the death of his son and departure of his wife, Anne Tyler writes her best novel yet, as usual about the myriad ways that people affect and alter each other's lives. (Book World, August 25)

THE UNLOVELY CHILD, by Norman Williams. Irony, grandeur and a marvelous control of syntax characterize the poems in this first collection by an already accomplished young poet. (Book World, August 25)

EON, by Greg Bear. Of this science fiction novel about a hollowed-out asteroid and its bizarre contents, reviewer John Clute concluded that it "may be the best-constructed hard sf epic yet." (Book World, August 25)

BUNNY: The Real Story of Playboy, by Russell Miller. How Hugh Hefner sold sex to America. (Book World, August 18)

JOHN RUSKIN: The Early Years, 1819-1959, by Tim Hilton. The best life of the Victorian critic of art, architecture and society we are likely to have for a long time. (Book World, August 18).

MURDER AT THE FBI, by Margaret Truman. In the sixth -- and best -- of the author's Washington mysteries, the Bureau itself is incriminated. (Book World, August 18).

HIROSHIMA, by John Hersey. In his classic study, John Hersey told the stories of a handful of Hiroshima survivors; in this new edition, he adds a long postscript about their later lives. (Book World, August 11)