Fiction: Best Books

Christmas is house-cleaning time for booksellers. The publishers remit their flood of new titles while shelves are cleared, ledgers audited for the new year. Readers can now reconsider the past year's output, check what they have read, what they have missed, what they might give as presents. Following is a list designed to be helpful:

AND QUIET FLOWS THE DON—Mikhail Sholokhov—Knopf ($3).

CANDLES IN THE STORM—Robert Littell —Harper ($2.50).

THE COLD JOURNEY — Grace Zaring Stone—Morrow ($2.50).

D IS FOR DUTCH—Thames Williamson —Harcourt, Brace ($2).

THE DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE—William...

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