By People Staff
October 16, 2000 12:00 PM

>GHOSTWRITTEN David Mitchell A critical smash in the U.K., this novel chronicles nine lives in nine places converging in an unexpected way. (Random House, $24.95)

FIFTY ACRES AND A POODLE Jeanne Marie Laskas Humorous yet harrowing, this true-life tale charts a big-city girl’s transformation to farm gal. (Bantam, $23.95)

JIMMY CORRIGAN Chris Ware From cartoon wunderkind Ware comes a novel-like comic book whose hero is the Smartest Kid on Earth. (Pantheon, $27.50)