Charles Dickens and Early Victorian England, by Robin Cruikshank. Random, informal chapters on the sturdy characters and irritating characteristics of Queen Victoria's energetic subjects (TIME. March 20).
The Outlander, by Germaine Guevre-mont. What happens when a careless, high-spirited wanderer settles down in a tiny, pious farm hamlet in Quebec. Good regional writing with nature as a major character (TIME, March 13).
John C. Calhoun: American Portrait, by Margaret Coit. A spirited biography of the great ante bellum Sauth Carolinian who, as Congressman, Secretary of War and Vice President, was the champion of states' rights and the South's slave-owning aristocracy (TIME, March 6).