LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Knopf; $18.95). A spurned suitor endures 50 years of solitude to win the woman he loves, in the Nobel laureate's sprawling, exuberant fable.
S. by John Updike (Knopf; $17.95). In this modern Scarlet Letter, a Massachusetts wife flees to a zany Arizona ashram, recounting her adventures in penetrating (and sometimes scarlet) letters.
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GREAT POWERS by Paul Kennedy (Random House; $24.95). Bad news. A respected historian argues that all dominant nations are fated to founder, and now it may be the U.S.'s turn.