July 03, 1989 12:00 PM

>LIBRA Mixing fact with fiction, Don Delillo’s novel is a tense reconsideration of Lee Harvey Oswald’s life, the Kennedy assassination and the instability of modern life. (Penguin)

THE RAGMAN’S SON In a candid, eloquent autobiography, tough guy Kirk Douglas talks tender about his working-class roots and Hollywood career. (Pocket)

HEARING FROM WAYNE Still think literary life revolves around (or spins itself to a frazzle in) New York? Try Bill Franzen’s funny, small-town stories. (Perennial)

FLASH The heroine of this novel by former model, actress and self-proclaimed “sex addict” Carole Mallory is a Hollywood cover girl whose success is excess. Get the picture? (Pocket)

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