THE OUTWARD ROOMMillen Brand Simon & Schuster ($1.25). Story of a girl who cured herself of manic depressive insanity, with a happy ending that is plausible if not probable. A distinguished first novel.
THE JOPPA DOORHope Williams Sykes Putnam ($2.50). First-person narrative, in broken but clear English, of a German immigrant woman who settled in Jerusalem, moved on to Utah in the early days of the Mormons.
DARK MADONNARichard Summers Caxton Printers ($2.50). Well-told, realistic tale of a southwest "Little Mexico," revealing further weakness in such sentimentalized stories as John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat.