December 05, 1988 12:00 PM

>JAZZ GIANTS The photographic equivalent of an all-star jam session, these 359 portraits edited by K. Abé include such jazz greats as Billie Holiday and Fats Waller. (Billboard)

FAIR AND TENDER LADIES Lee Smith’s novel tells the story of a Southern woman through her letters, which begin when she is a girl living on a Virginia mountainside. (Putnam’s)

THE FIRST SALUTE The politics, intrigue and human drama of the American Revolution are vividly recreated in Barbara Tuchman’s study of the colonists’ European allies. (Knopf)

ALL YOU CAN EAT In variously troubled waters, the people in Robin Hemley’s short stories cling to their sense of humor. (Atlantic Monthly Press)

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