DREAMCATCHER
By Stephen King, Scribner, $28


As any Stephen King fan can tell you, things are never normal in Derry, Maine (remember It? Insomnia?). It’s no different here, as four old friends from that haunted town reunite for a winter hunting trip and encounter the type of terror King is famous for delivering.

BIG RED
By Douglas C. Waller, HarperCollins, $27.50


Waller, a veteran Time correspondent, takes readers deep
beneath the Atlantic for a three-month journey aboard the U.S.S. Nebraska, one of the Navy’s Trident nuclear submarines. Waller, who gained more access to a Trident than any journalist ever has, provides rich details about its inner workings and its crew.

FRENCH FRIED
By Harriet Welty Rochefort, Thomas Dunne Books/
St. Martin’s Press, $22.95


You may be able to find Le Big Mac far too easily in Paris today, but the culinary chasm between the U.S. and France still runs deep. The author, an American who has lived in France for 30 years, describes the food scene there in hilarious detail, from dogs (the real, live four-legged ones) in every restaurant to rather hard-to-swallow French delicacies. Boar’s head, anyone?

BECAUSE SHE IS BEAUTIFUL
By Cameron Dougan, Random House, $19


Until a courageous act frees her, New Yorker Kim Reilly remains an outsider in a world her sophisticated lover tries to train her to be part of. In his first novel, Dougan shows he understands female emotions and, indeed, human emotions.