By People Staff
Updated November 01, 1999 12:00 PM

>HARD TIME Sara Paretsky After five years in absentia, the brassiest broad in the private-eye racket, V. I. War-shawski, finds herself the No. 1 suspect of a puzzling murder. (Delacorte, $24.95)

OUT OF PLACE Edward W. Said

This engaging and touching memoir—by a brilliant, controversial professor—recalls his sad, privileged coming of age in the Middle East and the U.S. (Knopf, $26.95)

HOME COMFORTS Cheryl Mendelson Subtitled The Art & Science of Keeping House, this exemplary 837-page compendium of domestic minutiae out-Marthas Martha in its thoroughness. (Scribner, $35)