March 26, 2001 12:00 PM

>THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN Alan Bennett With polished, clear prose, the author spins a witty fable of a couple who are burgled of everything they own, yet take it all rather nonchalantly. (Random House, $14.95)

THE FLÂNEUR Edmund White Novelist White, who logged 16 years as an expatriate in Paris, has written a collection of essays on the city that reveal, among other oddities, an out-of-the-way soul-food eatery. (Bloomsbury, $16.95)

TALK STORIES Jamaica Kincaid Not one of these roughly 75 appetizer-length nonfiction pieces written for The New Yorker is less than delightful. The Antigua-born author’s style is inimitable. (Farrar Straus Giroux, $23)

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