June 20, 1988 12:00 PM

>THE SONGLINES Travel writer Bruce Chatwin uses Australian history, anecdotes and autobiography to evoke not only a spirit of place but the music of human experience. (Penguin)

PERSIAN NIGHTS In this Diane Johnson novel, a doctor’s wife, alone on a visit in turbulent Iran, discovers a dying man and herself. (Fawcett)

DANCING ON MY GRAVE Not all the pointes ex-New York City Ballet star Gelsey Kirkland recalls in this fascinating book are graceful, viz., her cocaine abuse, eating disorder and affairs with partners Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov and the late Patrick Bissell. (Jove)

THE THANATOS SYNDROME Beneath this Walker Percy pseudo-thriller about a paroled Louisiana psychiatrist who discovers something funny in the drinking water lies a serious indictment of modern technology. (Ivy)

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