December 31, 1999 12:00 PM

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing MELISSA BANK

Bank hits the mark with a vision of modern love that is incisive, touching and very funny.

Diana in Search of Herself SALLY BEDELL SMITH

Looking beyond the royal glitz and glamor, Smith delivers a sensitively written portrait of the princess as she really was: a lonely woman at war with herself.

Woman: An Intimate Geography NATALIE ANGIER

As fluent in the language of art as she is in science, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter draws an elegant, witty and moving portrait of the feminine gender.

Amy and Isabelle ELIZABETH STROUT

Strout’s debut is a richly imagined novel about a single mother, her daughter and the unsettling power of emerging sexuality.

Traveling Mercies ANNE LAMOTT

In essays as revelatory as they are unflinching, Lamott recalls her pursuit of faith through a troubled life.

Juneteenth RALPH ELLISON

The long-delayed successor to Invisible Man crowns Ellison’s career, with an assist from his literary executor.

Plainsong KENT HARUF

A poignant novel of small-town America, where Haruf’s troubled characters search for love amid their grief.

The Million Dollar Mermaid ESTHER WILLIAMS With DIGBY DIEHL

By turns tart, rueful and hilarious, the buoyant star’s memoir makes a splash.

A Gesture Life CHANG-RAE LEE

Lee’s second novel is a luminous tale of a Japanese-American’s journey through savagery, guilt and ultimately redemptive love for his daughter.

Be Cool ELMORE LEONARD

Sharp, funny and delightfully rakish, Leonard’s latest take on Chili Palmer stands even taller than Get Shorty.

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