December 12, 1988 12:00 PM

>SLOW HOMECOMING A Peter Handke novel tackles ideas of form, reality and Cézanne. (Collier)

FEAR OF FLYING “Womanhood was so circumscribed by male definitions of womanhood that women found it hard to define themselves. If this book made a measure of self-acceptance possible, then I am grateful,” says Erica Jong, introducing a new edition of her liberating 1973 novel. If nothing else, she made it acceptable for women to write about sex, zipless and otherwise. (Signet)

TEXASVILLE Larry McMurtry’s fictional town of Thalia and several characters from The Last Picture Show reappear in a novel with only a tenuous connection to real life. (Pocket)

IF YOU CAN’T SAY SOMETHING NICE This cantankerous collection of syndicated columns clearly proves it’s not nice to fool Calvin Trillin. (Penguin)

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