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THE INFINITE PLAN, by Isabel Allende, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden (HarperPerennial, 382 pp., $12). Chilean-born Isabel Allende's fifth novel, ``The Infinite Plan,'' is her first to be set in the United States and follows the life of an American preacher's son from adolescence to adulthood. Merle Rubin wrote in her review of June 10, 1993 that the main character's inner conflicts are ``believably portrayed, with the unspoken but implicit suggestion that this one man's difficulties and protracted growing pains reflect the vicissitudes of his times and places.''
PANDAEMONIUM: ETHNICITY IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, by Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Oxford University Press, 221 pp., $8.95). This book by Senator Moynihan (D) of New York ``explores the roots of ethnicity, not only in race and language but also in a common vulnerability and need for security,'' wrote Jane A. Lampmann in her review of April 9, 1993. According to Lampmann, Moynihan's book ``seeks to show why we were caught so unawares by recent events in the Balkans and why it is imperative to rethink ways of responding to various manifestations of ethnicity.''
A SUITABLE BOY, by Vikram Seth (HarperPerennial, 1,474 pp., $15). Post-independence India in the 1950s is the backdrop for Vikram Seth's substantial novel. In a review on July 19, 1993, Nina Mehta wrote that it is a ``deft and straightforward, occasionally ironic, mosaic of stories built around the intersecting lives of four families.'' The author's hometown of Calcutta is the setting for his book; the plot hinges on a mother's search for a husband for her youngest daughter.
ECO-SCAM: THE FALSE PROPHETS OF ECOLOGICAL APOCALYPSE, by Ronald Bailey (St. Martin's Press, 228 pp., $10.95). Ronald Bailey, a former science writer for Forbes magazine, attacks current beliefs about the environment and those who perpetuate them. Brad Knickerbocker wrote in his brief review of May 4, 1993, that Bailey ``takes on what he calls `a new generation of doomsters,' debunking their predictions ... and criticizing `their faulty analyses, their wildly inaccurate predictions, and their heedless politicization of science.' ''
EINSTEIN'S DREAMS, by Alan Lightman (Warner Books, 179 pp., $7.99). In his first work of fiction, Alan Lightman - who teaches physics and writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - offers a collection of fantasies about how people's lives would be changed by distortions in the way time flows. These stories, the imaginary reveries of Albert Einstein, are crafted with a ``lively and touching prose, rich and full of vitality,'' wrote Simson L. Garfinkel in his review of March 11, 1993.
ANTHONY TROLLOPE, by Victoria Glendinning (Penguin, 551 pp., $15). Forty-seven novels bear the name of Anthony Trollope, the 19th-century British writer known for his ability to capture the real, the usual, in his works. In her review of Feb. 1, 1993, Merle Rubin wrote that Glendinning's book is ``an inviting and appropriate introduction to this great - and delectably funny - Victorian novelist.''
TURNING POINT: A CANDIDATE, A STATE, AND A NATION COME OF AGE, by Jimmy Carter (Times Books, 223 pp., $12). Former President Carter's first run for public office in 1962 pitted him against a rural political boss who used questionable methods to ensure a win for Carter's opponent. But Carter challenged this blatant fraud. Keith Henderson wrote in his review of Jan. 22, 1993: ``The story of how Carter and a few loyal friends saw this episode through to success is good reading for anyone who cares about democracy.''