Truman: The Rise to Power, by Richard Lawrence Miller. A double portrait of the young Truman and of Kansas City's down-home political machine. (Book World, February 16)

THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT and Other Clinical Tales, by Oliver Sacks. A great disorder is an order: Elegant essays on neurological disease and the ways its victims cope. (Book World, February 16)

THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE, by Charles Johnson. A postman becomes a martial arts master, a physician encounters a UFO, and other tales of the light and dark fantastic. (Book World, February 16)

THE BODY IN PAIN, by Elaine Scarry. A wide-ranging and provocative study of how our physical being affects our view of self and the world. (Book World, February 9)

444 DAYS: The Hostages Remember, by Tim Wells. The American hostages in Iran relate their ordeal and how they survived it. (Book World, February 9)

GREED AND GLORY ON WALL STREET: The Fall of the House of Lehman, by Ken Auletta. Investment banking for profit and loss. (Book World, February 9)

RAT MAN OF PARIS, by Paul West. An inventive, richly burnished novel about the relationship between a Paris eccentric and a lonely schoolteacher that becomes a meditation on love, history, and delusion. (Book World, February 2)

PERU, by Gordon Lish. A little boy kills his playmate in a sandbox -- or does he? A chilling and hypnotic novel that blurs memory and desire, the past and the present. (Book World, February 2)

WITH THE CONTRAS: A Reporter in the Wilds of Nicaragua, by Christopher Dickey. A Washington Post reporter on the contras, the civil war, and the CIA in Nicaragua. (Book World, January 26)

SILICO SAPIENS: The Fundamentals and Future of Robots, by Joseph Deken. Who can replace a man? The effect of robots on human society. (Book World, January 26)