Yearbook, by the editors of Memories magazine (Doubleday, $9.95). Ever wonder what singer Lionel Richie looked like in high school? Newswoman Diane Sawyer? First Lady Barbara Bush? Televangelist Tammy Bakker? This book collects high school photographs of the rich, famous and infamous, from Art Carney to Robin Williams. Television reporters, movie stars, pop singers, professional athletes -- they're all here. Someone once asked whether there was life after high school. Those of us who are still trying to make up our minds can take comfort from the fact that most of the people in this book -- above are Tina Turner and Clint Eastwood -- didn't look any better in their senior pictures than we did.
The Lonely Sea and the Sky, by Francis Chichester (Paragon House, $12.95). Born in 1901, Sir Francis Chichester emigrated to New Zealand at 18, and became an amateur boxer, a sheepherder, wrangler and prospector. He was also a pilot and a sailor and is perhaps best remembered for winning the first solo transatlantic race in 1960, and for making the first solo circumnavigation of the world in 1966 and 1967. Paragon's Armchair Traveller Series also includes W. Somerset Maugham's On a Chinese Screen and Don Fernando ($10.95 each) -- the latter is often regarded as Maugham's best travel book; Journey to a War by W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood, and Letters From Iceland by W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice ($12.95), which mixes poetry (Auden's "Letter to Lord Byron"), notebook entries, correspondence and photographs.
Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America, by Ethan Bronner (Anchor, $12.95). This account by a Boston Globe reporter takes the reader behind the headlines about the Senate defeat of Robert Bork's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. One scene is set in the anteroom where former president Gerald Ford waited to deliver his endorsement of Bork. Ordinarily such appearances are routine, but staff aides smelled trouble in the air. When they tried to get Ford to focus on a briefing packet, reports the author, he "chattered on about skiing and golf." Questioned closely on his familiarity with Bork's positions, Ford had to confess he had read only "synopses."
Inspector Imanishi Investigates, by Seicho Matsumoto; translated from the Japanese by Beth Cary (Soho Press, $9.95). In this police procedural, the haiku-loving Inspector Imanishi criss-crosses Japan's web of rail lines in search of clues to the identity of the victim and his murderer. Why was Miki, a respectable country merchant, killed in faraway Tokyo? As the inspector connects one improbable link after another, a mysterious suicide unfolds. Set in the dark days of early postwar Japan, Matsumoto captures the mood of the times and blends it convincingly with the motives of its suspects.
The Booster, by Eugene Izzi (St. Martin's, $3.95). This crime novel opens with Vincent Martin, the booster, standing near a store one cold Chicago morning, waiting for a car to steal. The car that turns up is a late model Eldorado -- Martin nets $4,000. And then Martin gets an offer he can't refuse. The only thing is that this is literally an outside job, and Martin must climb the Sears Tower to break into it.
Mexican Standoff, by Bruce Cook (St. Martin's, $3.95). In keeping with a time-honored tradition, Bruce Cook has named his detective hero after a writer -- in this case Cervantes. In this debut novel, dealmaker Thomas Jarrett hires Cervantes to go to Mexico and bring back the man who killed his son. For a $10,000 retainer plus expenses, it all sounds pretty simple. Until Cervantes walks into his hotel room and finds a dead cop on the floor, and begins to understand there may be more to this case than his employers told him about.
The Immediate Prospect of Being Hanged, by Walter Walker (Onyx, $4.50). When a wealthy woman is found strangled in her car in lover's lane, District Attorney John Michael Keough sees a case that may help him win a seat in Congress. Keough assigns his assistant, Patterson Starbuck, to investigate the death -- proceeding on the assumption that the dead woman's husband is the killer. As Starbuck proceeds, what he discovers has as much to do with the killer of Rebecca Carpenter as it does with his own past, and his relationship with the those who are guilty.