August 10, 1981 12:00 PM

>•THE ART OF LIVING AND OTHER STORIES, by John Gardner. Whether his fiction approaches life head-on or sneaks up from odd angles, Gardner remains involving.

•EDITH SITWELL, by Victoria Glendinning. The homely subject of this biography was a poet with a flair for drama in her real life.

•EVERYTHING WE HAD, by Al Santoli. Viet vets reminisce in war stories with little glory.

•THE LAST LAUGH, by S.J. Perelman. Three cheers and a lot more guffaws for this final collection from the late, great humorist.

•NEW ENGLAND PAST: PHOTOGRAPHS 1880-1915, edited by Jane Sugden, text by Norman Kotker. Old photographs offer fresh, stunning images, beautifully reproduced.

•NOBLE HOUSE, by James Clavell. Shogun and Tai-Pan fans can find Clavell in Hong Kong.

•OUTSIDE OVER THERE, by Maurice Sendak. Add to Sendak’s eerie children’s classics this marvelous fable of a heroic little girl.

•A SAVAGE PLACE, by Robert B. Parker. The hero, Spenser, is a direct descendant of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe—a tough guy who has a way with women and crooks.

•THREE LEVELS OF TIME, by Harold T.P. Hayes. Esquire’s former editor looks at survival in one man’s drama and all men’s history.

•ZUCKERMAN UNBOUND, by Philip Roth. Roth lets his old character and himself go in a novel about a famous novelist.

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